Downloading Google Chrome (MSI format)

Hi All, out there, there are many people that are deploying google chrome for their environment and until few months ago, you could download the MSI format from https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/thankyou.html?msi=true, however, this is not possible anymore. Even the link says MSI=True, when you download it download the ChromeSetup.exe. I noticed that there are many people complaining this with Google, but nothing has been done, so, i discovered a trick (and it is really simple) 1st, go to https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/thankyou.html?msi=true and copy the link from “click here to retry” you’ll get something like https://dl.google.com/tag/s/appguid%3D%7B8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96%7D%26iid%3D%7B7ACD904C-E309-ADA4-8671-783B10D723FD%7D%26lang%3Den%26browser%3D4%26usagestats%3D0%26appname%3DGoogle%2520Chrome%26needsadmin%3Dprefers%26installdataindex%3Ddefaultbrowser/update2/installers/ChromeSetup.exe now, what you need to do is change the prefers%26installdataindex%3Ddefaultbrowser/update2/installers/ChromeSetup.exe for prefers/edgedl/chrome/install/GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi so, your link will now look like https://dl.google.com/tag/s/appguid%3D%7B8A69D345-D564-463C-AFF1-A69D9E530F96%7D%26iid%3D%7B7ACD904C-E309-ADA4-8671-783B10D723FD%7D%26lang%3Den%26browser%3D4%26usagestats%3D0%26appname%3DGoogle%2520Chrome%26needsadmin%3Dprefers/edgedl/chrome/install/GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi now, download the MSI format and deploy it using SCCM

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Hotfix extends client notification in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to MDM devices

Players, I had a bit of a panic induced call from a former client this morning because it took to long time to wipe a device from SCCM. Luckily there is a hotfix for this. He applied it and … as if my magic, the issue went away, we were unable to test this on Android devices, but his iOS and Windows 8.1 devices were all wiping a lot faster. Prerequisites To apply this hotfix, you must have CU3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager installed. Restart information You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. Hotfix can be found here http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2990658/en-us Enjoy @Heinrich_Pelser

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/hotfix-extends-client-notification-in-system-center-2012-r2-configuration-manager-to-mdm-devices/

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Visual Studio 2013

Hi All, have you ever tried to install Visual Studio 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2? Well, a client of mine tried and it failed. the error he was getting was to install the user running the installer to the group Performance Log users. as you can imagine, the user running the action is SYSTEM… i have tested it with VS2012 Update 2 and the installer worked fine, and back in the company, we downloaded the new version (Update 3) and it was failing. once i did another test with Update 3 at home, it failed. because this, we had to create a script using psexec to be able to install the VS, but what does this script do? Simple, it create a local user and add it on the local administration group. it execute the vs installer via psexec as the created user once the installer is done, it removes…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/sccm-2012-r2-visual-studio-2013/

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Disable First Logon Animation in Windows 8.1 (SCCM 2012 and MDT)

Players, I thought I’d share this simple little tip to disable that annoying “Hi” screen when you login for the first time after a fresh build. You know this screen …  I created a registry key to disable the animation when you first login and added it to my task sequence as a package. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “EnableFirstLogonAnimation”=dword:00000000 The command line that I used was a follows … regedit.exe /S Disable_First_Run_Animation.reg And if you want to disable this via GPO – you can change these settings to disable the message once you’re on the domain: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Show first sign-in animation Enjoy. H  

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/disable-first-logon-animation-in-windows-8-1-sccm-2012-mdt-heinrich_pelser/

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Supported Hardware checks in Task Sequence

Players, Deploying Windows has fed my kids and put a roof over my head for a few years so its safe to say that I take it seriously. Sometimes I like to automate things and try to find the simplest way of doing stuff where possible. I don’t cut corners however. Never. But recently I’ve found a few who do. A few engineers I worked with (for a client) were specifically instructed to only build HP machines. I stress again ONLY HP. The reasons were political, but they chose to ignore this as they had all the drivers for their laptops, they continued to use the single task sequence and build just about anything they had drivers for. Needless to say, the managers were pissed off and they wanted to simply remove the task sequence and instructed me to create another, ready for production in 2 hours … Simple you say?…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/heinrich_pelser-sccm-2012-r2-supported-hardware-checks-in-task-sequence/

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@Heinrich_Pelser SCCM 2012: Knowledge Base Articles

Players, I get asked a lot if there is a pulic knowledge base for SCCM and I normally email people the technet wiki links. But I decided to place it on the website so everyone can see it. Its created and updated by the community so its a very good way of keeping an ear to the ground when it comes to issues MS have fixes for etc … Find it here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/9539.sccm-2012-list-of-public-microsoft-support-knowledge-base-articles.aspx Enjoy Heinrich

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/heinrich_pelser-sccm-2012-knowledge-base-articles/

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How to Install CentOS 7 on Hyper-V With Integration Services

By Garth Jones In my last blog post, I showed you how to install a CentOS 7 Linux virtual machine in Windows Hyper-V Server. In this blog post I will demonstrate how to install Linux integration services for Hyper-V. STOP the installation! I learned a few things while putting together this post. First, I was under the impression that I...

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Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Install a CentOS 7 Linux Virtual Machine in Windows Hyper-V Server

By Garth Jones Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) or CM12 R2, I wanted to confirm what steps were needed to inventory the *nix server operating system. In my example I chose CentOS 7, so over the next few blog posts I will show you how to install a CentOS 7 Linux virtual machine in Windows Hyper-V Server, how...

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What Not to Do With MBAM and Windows 2003 Domains

By Garth Jones Several weeks ago I was doing some work with Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) and setting it up within one of my test labs. This test lab was running Windows Server 2003 as the Primary Domain Controller (PDC) and the language setting was English Canada. I’m telling you this now because you’ll understand why a bit...

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