The largest improvements in this release are Deployment Tools (only work on Packages, Task Sequences, Applications, and Software Updates), a powershell install script, and a tool to let you customize the menus. You can add new tools, add new menus, and remove tools/menus. Sub menus are not currently supported. You can access this through the About button on any tool with a GUI.
Please let me know of any issues here or at CodePlex and I’ll work on fixing it right away.
Deployment Tools – Most of the Collection Tools are now also Deployment Tools. You can choose which status messages to run the tools on, instead of running them on the whole deployment. Deployment Types Supported are Package, Task Sequence, Application and Software Update.All tools run off the FQDN of a computer instead of the computer name
Add / Remove Tools (Device, Collection, Deployment)
Schedule Restart / Shutdown (Device, Collection, Deployment)
Cancel Pending Restart / Shutdown (Device, Collection, Deployment)
Repair Client (Device, Collection, Deployment)
Rerun Deployment (Device, Deployment)
Add Devices to Collection (Collection)
System Information (Collection, Deployment)
Clear Cache now removes cache entries from WMI and then manually removes folders instead of copying a VBS script to the remote computer and executing it to run a control panel function. In the future I’ll add the ability to just remove one or two items instead of clearing the whole cache.
Ping Device now pops up a form that constantly pings the remote computer instead of just sending one ping. You can stop it and close it at any time.
Restart SMS Service now uses powershell commands to restart the service which returns accurate error codes.
Shutdown tools – The “Give user a prompt to cancel” option now copies over a exe file and vbs file to launch the exe. The user will see a windows form pop up with a countdown timer and an option to cancel the pending restart. This also applies for scheduled restart shutdown. The files are copied to the windows install directory (C:\Windows on most computers) and are not deleted after because the scheduled task needs them there.
System Information – Shows Windows updates and drivers now.
WOL – Collection and Device versions have a huge speed improvement. A hundred packets are sent every few seconds.
Launchers – much more stable and give error messages if they can’t launch the powershell file.
Installer – Now a powershell script that lets you change the install path.