Archive for August, 2011

Best practise: Identification method RES Automation Manager

Posted in RES Automation Manager, Windows 7 with tags , on August 24, 2011 by uniekdevries

The default identification method for a new agent in RES Automation Manager is default set to “Unique GUID generated by RES Automation Manager”. This means when you reinstall a workstation, the workstation is added again to the database. The computername is identical only the GUID is different.

RES Automation Manager identification method 1

This is not practical when you want to schedule a job (for example the base layer) to the workstation, especially when the agent is offline. The only way to find out for which agent you have to schedule the job is to look at the “Last contact’ date. Besides this practical issue you also have to clean up the database on a regular base to keep track.

Therefore it is a better option to change the indentification method to “MAC address of the first enabled network interface card”.

RES Automation Manager identification 2

Now when you reinstall a workstation or a testmachine the agent is not registered a second time in the database. It is now possible to schedule a job to the workstation even when you want to reinstall the workstation first.

I think a lot of administrators change this setting to benefit more form the possibilities RES Automation Manager provides.


How to export WSUS Custom Views?

Posted in Windows 2008, Wsus with tags , on August 9, 2011 by uniekdevries

You can export WSUS custom views by copying the wsus mmc file to the mmc directory of the other user. In this way you can share newly created custom views with another administrator.  

The exact lcation is “C:\Users\username\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\MMC”.



How to configure bypass proxy settings from registry?

Posted in Internet Explorer, RES User Workspace Manager, Windows 7 with tags , , on August 8, 2011 by uniekdevries

If you want to bypass the proxy for certain addresses, you can add them to the execption list of the proxy server.  This list is saved in the following registry key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]


If you enable the option “Do not use proxy server for local (intranet) addresses” then ” ;<local>”  is added at the end of the “ProxyOverride” key. So there is no seperate key for this setting. 

Keep this in mind when you want to manage the execption list by setting the key with a tool like RES User Workspace Manager.  

Proxy settings