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Author: Joe Clarke

SCCM Task Sequence Completion: Email Notification

Have you ever wanted some notification that a task sequence has completed? I wrote 2 simple scripts to do just that, with a little bonus added information. They are super easy to integrate into your task sequences. The first script should run as the very first step and simply asks for your email address and places it into a custom TS variable. The second script runs at the very end of the task seq...

Determine Chassis Type VB Script

Isn’t there a simple script to determine whether a computer is a laptop or desktop during OSD imaging without having to install MDT or use another utility? Now there is. JoeSaysChassis.vbs is a short script I wrote that will simply run and populate set these sequence variables to TRUE: JoeSaysDesktop and JoeSaysLaptop This functionality is already built into Jason Sandys’ OSD App Tree 2.6 with the...

What the HAL is going on with these E6510 and E6410’s?

At my place of employment, we recently ran into some issues integrating Dell’s newer model of laptops, the E6510 and the E6410, into our imaging process for the deployment of Windows XP SP3. We experienced 3 varied issues that are described as follows: · The first occurs on both the E6410 and 6510 XP SP3 is related to the ST Micro Accelerometer driver (Version 1.0.0.3 1/4/2010) that is included wi...

VB Scripting Installations and Exit Code Statuses

One of the problems when using a script to perform multiple installation actions is getting success or failure statistics for all the actions. One of the big things to remember is quitting the script with the proper exit code. For example, here is a simple script I wrote to install Visio 2003, then apply the SP2 update, which was in a subfolder called "patch". I didn’t really care ...

SMS 2003 to SCCM 2007 Side By Side Migration

I want to share a recent migration experience I had from SMS 2003 to SCCM 2007 SP2 R2 with you all, some of the situations I encountered and what I did to remedy them. I relied heavily on the SCCM technet documentation which is linked on my side bar. Open for conversation are any possible improvements or any other ways you would have performed the migration. Because nobody wants to die of boredom ...

SCCM Report Comparing Add/Remove Programs on two Computers

Yes, I know that the builtin Report 97 lists differences between the software inventory reported for two selected computers. BUT! That is not what I want, as this report lists only the discrepancies, and more importantly it is based on software file collection, not for Add/Remove programs. I want a list that shows me what is different (on each computer), and what is the same between two computers ...

Where in the world is network connections in Windows 7?

Most sysadmins like myself, love shortcuts and anything that gets us where we want to go faster. Here are a few of my absolute favorite and most used shortcuts. I’m sure most of you already know them, but here they are just in case. I use them too often not to share them. Windows + Pause = System Properties Windows + D = Display Desktop Windows + E = Opens Windows Explorer Windows + L = Lock...

VBScript to name computers during OSD

Determining a computer name during an imaging process has always proved to be a challenge. One of my favorite methods is to utilize WMI to obtain the serial number of the computer that is being imaged. This way, if all your hardware is from a particular vendor, Dell, HP, Panasonic, you can guarantee that no two computer names will ever be the same and you can name them automatically during the ima...