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Columbus
  • Problem: Empty export file
    Symptoms After upgrading from a previous version of Columbus to 6.11.2 or higher, when executing an export job based on a selection, you are getting an empty export file. Cause The structure responsible for export has been changed and is not f...
    03/04/2013 12:50:39 PM CET
  • Editing manual asset data is very slow
    Symptoms If you are opening manual asset data in Columbus Management Console, it takes very long until the dialog opens (more than 30s). Cause By default Columbus loads all inventory data into memory which can take a long time if lots ofinve...
    02/05/2013 07:38:32 PM CET
  • HOW TO: find the status of used license C7
    Summary You want to know where you can find the information about the license used in your environment. More Information It depends, if you want to find that on the server or in the client.  In the clients, this information is availabl...
    12/06/2013 03:04:32 PM CET
  • HOW TO: Prepare Columbus for proper identification after migration to 7.4.x
    Summary After an upgrade from a previous version to Columbus 7.4.0 or higher it can happen that the identification process fails to missing data (FQDN) in the database More Information To overcome this the FQDN of the machines have to be set...
    04/12/2016 02:36:49 PM CEST
  • HOW TO: Exclude Columbus Files and Prozesses from Antivirus
    Summary Generally antivirus programs do scan active processes and files that get changed. Because Columbus heavily writes to the database, antivirus programs case significant performance issues. Therefore it is important to exclude some folders an...
    09/26/2013 11:50:59 AM CEST
  • HOW TO: Automated database backup with SQL Express
    Summary You want an automatic backup of your SQL Express databases. More Information If you want to achieve an automatic backup of your SQL Express databases, you can do this using the Task Scheduler, SQLCMD, SQL Scripts, and a batch file. Instr...
    10/24/2017 08:25:35 AM CEST
  • After a migration from Columbus 6 you still have a lot of "bwpmscan" actions on your client devices
    Symptoms After a migration from Columbus 6 you have a lot of "bwpmscan" actions on your client devices which never will disappear. Cause While in Columbus <6.10 the server made the patch assignments (using the bwpmscan action), from Columbus...
    11/26/2013 12:17:35 PM CET
  • Error when scanning SWDepot
    Symptoms Scanning the SW depot does not finish and there are errors in the brainware.log. Cause One or more of the new created software packages has an info.rtf which is bigger than 25kB. Columbus is not able to process these. Resolution ...
    04/30/2013 04:26:27 PM CEST
  • HOW TO: Troubleshoot Columbus License Problems concerning a Proxy
    Summary The Columbus Management Client user part (C7user) is able to connect to the license server but the service part (C7service) is not. 20.02.2015 10:35:44 - C7User: C7LicenseManager: TBWLicenseManager.Initiated: URL       : [http://columbuss...
    02/20/2015 01:51:32 PM CET
  • Windows PE file injection has problems with the x86 and x64 image(s)
    Symptoms After the installation of Columbus on a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 or 2012 R2 you are not able to do OS Deploy and in the brainware log you will see the following message: Preboot: [WARNING] - Failed: Windows PE file injection...
    10/28/2013 05:33:17 PM CET
  • Failed: Windows PE file injection has problems with the x86 and x64 image(s)...
    Symptoms After updating Columbus to version 7.3 on a Windows Server 2003 [R2] WinPE does not work as expected and you will get the following error in the CMC on the Preboot Services Agent. Failed: Windows PE file injection has problems with the x...
    02/24/2016 04:35:06 PM CET
  • HOW TO: Inject drivers into WinPE
    Summary The injection of the drivers for the installation base has been simplified for Columbus 7.3 and higher. Please keep also in mind that that there are 2 images for the x86 and x64 setup routines. The Image you're using is listed at the top t...
    06/19/2017 09:14:23 AM CEST
  • HOW TO: Prevent patches from being installed during OS Deploy
    Summary Sometimes it is wanted that during OS Deploy no patches should be assigned and installed. More Information To achive this behaviour please configure the following settings in your OS Deploy site configuration resp. in your Colx Job: ...
    05/29/2012 02:24:47 PM CEST
  • How to: address the Windows root directory on Terminal Server using the %_Windows% variable
    Symptoms Columbus scripts running in a user session (Columbus [UserAdd], [UserRepeat] and [UserRemove] sections) may not access the 'real' Windows root directory of a Terminal Server but only the copy in the user profile. More Information On W...
    03/04/2013 12:44:20 PM CET
  • Error: Termination Code 31000
    Symptoms A package installation shows for a few users this error message: Register32 'HKey_Current_User' 'Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy\History' 'DCName' '\\swbbbdcp10.bbb.com' 'REG_SZ' Error: Termination code 31000 - Cou...
    06/12/2012 09:31:26 AM CEST
  • Package (user section) gets random removed and re-installed
    Symptoms You have come across situations, where the user-part of a package, installed using conditional usage defined as File='*.*' (package has to be assigned to the machine only), will be removed and re-installed without being ordered to do so. ...
    06/12/2012 03:44:23 PM CEST
  • HOW TO: stop and disable a Windows service?
    Summary You want to Stop and Disable a service which is set to start as automatic Service "IPSEC Services"/Stop Service "IPSEC Services"/DisabledStart More Information The command parameter “/stop” should stop the se...
    06/11/2012 02:12:22 PM CEST
  • Error (E20007) when using RUN64 or RUNAS command
    Symptoms You want to open a system application like cmd.exe or notepad.exe using the following RUNAS command: RunAs '%_Machine%' '%b_LocalAdminName%' '%b_LocalAdminPassPublicCrypt%' 'notepad.exe' '' '%_Windows%' Show Waitdown Task:10 Ca...
    02/05/2013 07:55:14 PM CET
  • Software Packages fail when using undocumented PatchDeploy variables
    Symptoms Some software packages do not work anymore after updating BasePatch to version 3.x or higher Cause If you have been using undocumented variables from PatchDeploy in your packages, these packages will fail since PatchDeploy variables...
    04/07/2015 11:25:06 AM CEST
  • HOW TO: reduce the size of the local package cache in Columbus clients
    Summary A large number of packages also increases the size of the local package cache in a Columbus client, shrinking available disk capacity. More Information Columbus uses a local package cache in order to protect your network from high b...
    06/11/2012 01:17:52 PM CEST
  • HOW TO: de-fragment a hard disk from the command line WinXP
    Summary If you would like to execute the Disk Defragmenter utility provided in Windows XP on machines whenever you choose, you might like to use the command line version of it. More Information Create a Columbus package that executes the ...
    06/12/2012 03:04:31 PM CEST
  • HOW TO: set and activate a desktop screensaver
    Summary You want to set a Windows Screensaver More Information To set a Screensaver "Logon Screensaver" all you need is namely these 4 entries with a package in the Registry:  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\SCRNSAVE.EXE=%_WindowsS...
    06/11/2012 04:35:34 PM CEST
  • HOW TO: Troubleshoot OTB connections in WinPE
    Summary You want to check whether the OTB connection does work or why it isn't working   More Information An easy way to check whether the OTB connection does work or not is using telnet or putty (which has telnet built in) To do so, follow th...
    08/24/2017 11:06:01 AM CEST
  • HOW TO: auto-register a client/user in a specific company or site
    Summary In a complex environment, with several companies and/or sites, you may like to add or auto-register clients and or users, as these are created in the database, into a specific company or site. This will save you from having to manually dra...
    06/11/2012 04:19:49 PM CEST
  • HOW TO: configure a replication
    Summary You want to replicate your master SWDepot to your site server. More Information Follow this steps to configure the proper replication: On the master server Open the CMC Go to the infrastructure tab Select your master server...
    06/20/2012 01:45:54 PM CEST