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Using AutoIT to Install Null Modems

I was on a Project where I needed to install Virtual Null Modems, since these weren’t physical devices PnP detection wouldn’t work…

I ended up writing this AutoIT Script to use the Add Hardware Wizard.

You are welcome to modify this script to suit your needs to install / configure Hardware.  I’m really starting to like AutoIT

 

 

Get rid of all junk before Sysprep and Capture when creating a reference image in MDT

Here is a Post from Mikael Nystrom on streamlining a Windows Reference Image

http://deploymentbunny.com/2014/06/05/nice-to-know-get-rid-of-all-junk-before-sysprep-and-capture-when-creating-a-reference-image-in-mdt/

Microsoft Time Zone Index

Here is a list of all the Time Zone Indexes and Names that you can put into your MDT Rules file.

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PowerShell Script to set permissions in Active Directory for OSD

Here is a nice script that Mikael Nystrom & Johan Arwidmark put together to set the Permissions required for the OSD Service Account.

Disk drive numbers may not correspond to the SATA channel numbers when you install Windows on a computer that has multiple SATA or RAID disks

If you have multiple drives in your Computer and they aren’t enumerating the way you are expecting this may be why…

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937251

MDT CustomSettings.ini Tips and Tricks

Found the following post about MDT Tips and Tricks…

A Good read.

http://mdtguy.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/mdt-customsettings-ini-tips-tricks/

ZTIWindowsUpdate.WSF does not install all patches

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/alex_semi/archive/2010/03/17/ztiwindowsupdate-wsf-does-not-install-all-patches.aspx

MDT UDI Task Sequence: Restore USMT migration using Computer Association Recovery Key

This post started as a local copy of http://powersheller.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/sccmmdt-2012-task-sequence-to-restore-user-migration-from-smp-using-computer-association-recovery-information/ however I have since modified it to suit my style of deployment.  So I am giving credit to the post that I got me to where I am today.


Problem: You need to restore user migration data from the State Migration Point (SMP) to a computer other than the destination computer specified in the Computer Association in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) database.

Solution: The most effective solution is to build an SCCM/MDT task sequence that uses the UDI Wizard to prompt for the recovery information (state store location and state recovery key), connect to the SMP share with a dedicated service account and execute the loadstate command to restore the data on to the machine.

Advantages to this solution:

  • A service account is used to access the SMP share, so you don’t have to grant permissions to technicians/users.
  • The task sequence is run in the system context, so local administrator rights are not needed on the client.
  • You can specify a consistent loadstate command with logging.
  • The process is overall more secure, robust, traceable and easy to use.

This solution uses the Build Your Own Page feature in the UDI Wizard included in MDT 2012 Update 1.

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ThinkVantage Technologies Administrator Tools

ThinkVantage Technologies Administrator Tools

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=TVAN-ADMIN

The Driver saga continues – “Washing drivers”

Here is a neat article on how to wash Drivers before importing them into ConfigMgr.

http://msitpros.com/?p=1506

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