This VBS Script will allow you to browse for a text file and will remove or strip all of the duplicates from it and then rewrite the original text file.
Const ForReading = 1
Const ForWriting = 2
Set objDialog = CreateObject("UserAccounts.CommonDialog")
objDialog.Filter = "Text Files|*.Txt"
intResult = objDialog.ShowOpen
If intResult = 0 Then
strFileName = objDialog.FileName
Set objDictionary = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strFileName, ForReading)
Do Until objFile.AtEndOfStream
strName = objFile.ReadLine
If Not objDictionary.Exists(strName) Then
objDictionary.Add strName, strName
Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strFileName, ForWriting)
For Each strKey in objDictionary.Keys
This VBS script will allow you to read a list of machine names contained in an Excel spreadsheet called MachineList.xls. It will then write the IP address for the machine name in column A to column B.
To use this script the C:\ MachineList.xls file must exist with a list of machine names one per line beginning with cell A2 as cell A1 and B1 are reserved for the column header information that you can specify as you wish. For my purposes I have labeled A1 as “Machine Name” and B1 as “IP Address” and the B column of course is not populated until the script is executed.
Note: You can change the spreadsheet location in the script to the location and file name of your choice such as H:\MyFile.Xls or even \\ServerName\ShareName\FileName.Xls as needed.
Set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
Set objWorkbook = objExcel.Workbooks.Open("C:\MachineList.xls")
objExcel.Visible = True
i = 2
Do Until objExcel.Cells(i, 1).Value = ""
strComputer = objExcel.Cells(i,1)
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration Where IPEnabled = True")
For Each objItem in colItems
If Not IsNull(objItem.IPAddress) Then
For Each objIPAddress in objItem.IPAddress
objExcel.Cells(i,2) = objIPAddress
i = i + 1
This VBS script will write the following DNS Server information to an Excel spreadsheet: Resource machine name, IP Address, DNS server name and the Fully Qualified Domain Name or FQDN.
strComputer = InputBox ("Enter DNS Server Name")
intRow = 2
objExcel.Cells(1, 1).Value = "Machine Name"
objExcel.Cells(1, 2).Value = "IP Address"
objExcel.Cells(1, 3).Value = "DNS Server"
objExcel.Cells(1, 4).Value = "FQDN"
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\MicrosoftDNS")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * From MicrosoftDNS_PTRType")
For Each objItem in colItems
'Extract Name From FQDN Cell 4
CompNameArray = Split(objItem.RecordData,".")
For i = LBound(CompNameArray) to UBound(CompNameArray)
objComputer = CompNameArray(0)
objExcel.Cells(intRow, 1).Value = UCase(objComputer)
'Extract IP Address From Reverse Lookup Record OwnerName And Reverse It
IPAddArray = Split (objItem.OwnerName, ".")
For i = LBound(IPAddArray) to UBound(IPAddArray)
IPAdd = IPAddArray(3) & "." & IPAddArray(2) & "." & IPAddArray(1) & "." & IPAddArray(0)
objExcel.Cells(intRow, 2).Value = IPAdd
objExcel.Cells(intRow, 3).Value = objItem.DnsServerName
objExcel.Cells(intRow, 4).Value = objItem.RecordData
intRow = intRow + 1
objExcel.Selection.Interior.ColorIndex = 19
objExcel.Selection.Font.ColorIndex = 11
objExcel.Selection.Font.Bold = True
Provided here you will find various SQL queries that will allow you to retrieve distinct application information such as the display name, publisher and version as listed in the Add and Remove programs applet on machines by querying a Group, Container, OU or IP Subnet.
# By System Group Name #
From v_R_System SD
Join v_Add_Remove_Programs AR On SD.ResourceID = AR.ResourceID
Join v_RA_System_SystemGroupName GN On SD.ResourceID = GN.ResourceID
Where GN.System_Group_Name0 = 'DomainName\Domain Computers'
Order By AR.DisplayName0
# By System Container Name #
Join v_Add_Remove_Programs AR On SD.ResourceID = AR.ResourceID
Join v_RA_System_SystemContainerName SC On SD.ResourceID = SC.ResourceID
Where SC.System_Container_Name0 = 'Domain\COMPUTERS'
# By OU Name #
Join v_RA_System_SystemOUName OU On SD.ResourceID = OU.ResourceID
Where OU.System_OU_Name0 = 'Domain.COM/DOMAIN CONTROLLERS'
# By IP Subnet #
From v_R_System SD
Join v_RA_System_IPSubnets SN On SD.ResourceID = SN.ResourceID
Where SN.IP_Subnets0 = '192.168.1.0'
Provided here is a Client Asset Information SQL Query that will gather the following information:
Machine Name, Installed Site Code, Resource Domain, Account Domain, Login ID, Users Full Name, Asset Tag, Manufacturer, Model, Serial Number and Operating System
SD.Name0 'Machine Name',
SC.SMS_Installed_Sites0 'Site Code',
SD.Resource_Domain_OR_Workgr0 'Resource Domain',
SD.User_Domain0 'Account Domain',
SD.User_Name0 'Login ID',
UD.Full_User_Name0 'Full Name',
SE.SMBIOSAssetTag0 'Asset Tag',
SN.SerialNumber0 'Serial Number',
OS.Caption0 + Space(1) + OS.CsdVersion0 'Operating System',
When 1 Then 'Other'
When 2 Then 'Unknown'
When 3 Then 'Desktop'
When 4 Then 'Low Profile Desktop'
When 5 Then 'PizzaBox'
When 6 Then 'Mini-Tower'
When 7 Then 'Tower'
When 8 Then 'Portable'
When 9 Then 'Laptop'
When 10 Then 'Notebook'
When 11 Then 'Handheld Device'
When 12 Then 'Docking Station'
When 13 Then 'All-In-One'
When 14 Then 'Sub-Notebook'
When 15 Then 'Space Saving'
When 16 Then 'Lunch Box'
When 17 Then 'Main System Chassis'
When 18 Then 'Expansion Chassis'
When 19 Then 'Sub-Chassis'
When 20 Then 'Bus Expansion Chassis'
When 21 Then 'Peripheral Chassis'
When 22 Then 'Storage Chassis'
When 23 Then 'Rack-Mount Chassis'
When 24 Then 'Sealed PC'
End 'Chassis Type',
Convert(VarChar(10), HS.LastHWScan, 101) 'Hardware Scan Date'
From v_R_System SD
Join V_R_User UD on SD.User_Name0 = UD.User_Name0
Join V_Ra_System_SmsInstalledSites SC on SD.ResourceID = SC.ResourceID
Join V_Gs_Workstation_Status HS On SD.ResourceID = HS.ResourceID
Join V_Gs_Computer_System CS On SD.ResourceID = CS.ResourceID
Join V_Gs_System_Enclosure SE On SD.ResourceID = SE.ResourceID
Join V_Gs_Pc_Bios SN On SD.ResourceID = SN.ResourceID
Join V_Gs_Operating_System OS On SD.ResourceID = OS.ResourceID
Where SD.Client0 = 1
And SD.Obsolete0 = 0
This weekend I physically logged onto my Windows 2008 server machine and received the following error when I tried to activate the server:
Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b
DNS Name does not exist
To make a long story short my copy was an MSDN copy and when I downloaded it I cannot remember if I grabbed the product key or not, but I must have since it installed several weeks ago. Then for several weeks I remotely connected to it or managed it from my Vista machine using the admin tools until this weekend. I found the KB article Error message when you try to activate Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Server 2008: "Code 0x8007232b" listed below and Method 2: Use a Multiple Activation Key worked for me and it also will work for Vista as well.
I might also mention that the KB article was not what I expect from the good folks at Microsoft because as far as Method 1: Set up a KMS server is concerned
The information was nearly useless unless you have a day or so to read through the docs from the Url link to try and find out how to set up the server. When you click on the supplied link it brings you to a page with the following documents none of which obviously tell you how to set up the server:
Volume Activation 2 0 Changes for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1.doc
Volume Activation 2.0 Deployment Guide.doc
Volume Activation 2.0 FAQ.doc
Volume Activation 2.0 Operations Guide.doc
Volume Activation 2.0 Overview Guide.doc
Volume Activation 2.0 Planning Guide.doc
Volume Activation 2.0 Resources.doc
Volume Activation 2.0 Technical Attributes.xls
Volume Product Key Groups.doc
My point here is that the Url should have pointed to an article like the one below and not a page with links to documents especially nasty Pdf files which I despise any way and wonder why Microsoft is even using an application from a rival
How To Install KMS Server To Activate Windows Vista Business Or Enterprise
Error message when you try to activate Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Server 2008: "Code 0x8007232b"
When you first open the PowerShell console if you type Get-Credential the password dialog box will be displayed with a blank user name and password. However you can add either of the lines below to your PowerShell profile so that each time the console is opened the credentials provided will be used:
$Credentials = Get-Credential Domain\UserName
$Credentials = Get-Credential Local_UserName
Type $Credentials and the User name and the password (System.Security.SecureString) will be listed.
To see more information on the cmdlet type: Get-Help Get-Credential.
Tip: You can also use the –Detailed or –Full switch to get additional information such as examples for using the cmdlet.
Get-Help Get-Credential -Detailed.
Get-Help Get-Credential -Full.
When we say that someone jumped the gun it means that they responded to something too quickly or did not think before they responded. The term Jumped the Gun can be traced back to the sport of horse racing in the old west where a pistol or gun was fired to signal the start of the race. If the horse and rider crossed the staring line before the gun was fired they were said to have jumped the gun or stared before the gun was started or fired.
Today in track and field events such as foot races at schools starter or blank round firing pistols are used and if the runner crosses over the staring line before the gun is fired they too are said to have jumped the gun.
gPXE is an open source network boot loader that provides a direct replacement for proprietary PXE ROMs, with many extra features such as DNS, HTTP and iSCSI and gPXE Works for Windows XP as well as Windows 2003 Server
I must admit I may have jumped the gun when I decided to stop updating my “Origins” tag posts based on the weekly page views for them.
In less than 48 hours after posting what was to be my final Origins post entitled “That’s All She Wrote” I received more than a bakers dozen emails from folks saying how much they were going to miss them or that they wanted me to reconsider. So I had to rethink my position and decided to continue writing them just for those who were kind enough to send me an email or leave a comment on the post.
That’s All She Wrote
In SQL Server 2005 there is no native auto logon to automatically logon however you can create a taskbar or desktop shortcut and pass the trusted connection command line switch as well as the SQL server name and database name which will accomplish the same thing as an auto logon would.
1. Create a new shortcut and add the following to the text box asking you to “Type the location of the item:” and then select “Next”:
SqlWb -E -S ServerName -d DatabaseName
SqlWb -E -S MySqlServer -d SMS_XXX
2. At the Select a Title for the Program dialog box in the text box asking you to “Type a name for this shortcut enter your SQL Server name or the Database name and select “Finish”
Tip: To change the default icon for the shortcut right mouse click on the icon and from the context menu select “Properties”. Then at the bottom of the dialog box select “Change Icon” and browse for a new icon using the default SqlWb.exe or browse to the %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll and select one.
In ConfigMgr 2007 in the Site Status leaf the Component Status and the Site System Status leafs are provided for you to get a general overview of your site(s) current status. You can see or view the status of all the components or threads and the status for the site systems respectively in the results pane.
In the Component Status leaf there are two hidden columns that are not displayed by default that can be added and are the “Site Code” and the “Tally Interval”. For the Site System Status there are two available as well the “Object Type” and the “Site Code”. Follow the steps below to add the columns you wish to have displayed.
1. Select either the Component Status or the Site System Status leaf and right mouse click on it.
2. From the context menu select “View” and then select “Add/Remove Columns”.
3. From the Add/Remove Columns dialog box select the column(s) you want to add from the “Available columns” pane and click “Add” to add them and select “OK” when you are done.
Note: You can restore the defaults, move items up or down and even remove items from here as needed.
The newly added columns are now appended to the end of the pane and can be moved where needed by using the “Move Up” or “Move Down” buttons if you are not happy with the new view by repeating the steps above.
Tips: You can also add the “Site Name” and “Tally Interval” columns to the Site Status leaf as well following the steps above.
The following are also available for the Status Message Queries leaf: Comments, Expression, Limit To Collection Id, Query ID and Resource Class.
This By Request VBS Script will provide you with an example of how to separate WMI Class stings that are separated by forward spaces (\). The user also requested a simple way to reverse the output and that script is included as well.
strComputer = "."
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystem")
ArrayName = Split(objItem.UserName, "\")
MsgBox ArrayName(0) 'DomainName
MsgBox ArrayName(1) 'User Name
Thanks To Kim D.