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Author: R Bennett

Making Registry Changes for All Users

  We’ve all had that experience where we need to kick out a registry change to a machine for one reason or another that has to affect each and every user. And of course there’s not a HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM) registry key that’ll do the trick. So now you’ve got to make sure that every current user, every previous user, and every new user on the machine gets your regist...

VBScript To Copy To A User Profile Subfolder

If you need to copy a file, a folder, or a slew of things to the user profiles on an existing machine, then this is the script for you! As SCCM Admins we typically seem to find ourselves always needing to push something out to our users after-the-fact. So this script illustrates one easy way to copy a file to a subfolder in a user profile. It should work fine on 2000/XP/Vista/7. All you need to do...

VBScript To Obtain SCCM Package and Program Flags

If you script your package or program creations, or need to adjust existing ones, you’ve probably run into situations where you need to customize the default settings. Weather you need a specific radio button selected, or a box checked, the thing you may need to do is adjust the flag setting for that database item. Now, you can go through the SCCM 2007 SDK or search the web to try and figure...

VBScript To Customize The OS During Deployment

When we deploy operating systems at my work place, we try to utilize a single, small base image, and then layer software and other items on top as the OS is deployed to a machine. Many times we have a need to customize the default OS configurations; either on a reoccurring, or a one-time, basis. The following VBScript file uses several examples to show ways that you can easily customize your own O...

How to Create a Notification Window

This page explains how to create a user notification window using Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express edition (the free evaluation version). It is written as a quick guide to introduce you to some concepts, with an IT support professional in mind, and not a developer. In the example shown here we’re looking to create a simple window that will be used in an SCCM managed environment to remind th...

VBScript to Eject WinPE Discs

In our SCCM environment our network topology doesn’t easily lend itself to using PXE when imaging our machines. Thus we rely on SCCM OS Image Installation discs (or USB keys) to boot our machines and initiate the OS imaging process. After having several machines accidentally go out the door to customers with this disc still in the drive, we decided that we needed a way to eject it if it was ...

Using SCCM To Capture And Deploy Windows 7

This document is focused on showing the steps needed to deploy a 32-bit (x86) version of the Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise operating system using Microsoft SCCM 2007. The steps detailed here will use a pull process (PXE or boot media) versus a push methodology. Please note that this document assumes that SCCM is running fine, and that the original Microsoft Windows OS source files have already be...

VBScript To Remove Current Software Installs

Sometimes when we’re deploying software in our SCCM environment, we run across a niche application that requires previous versions to be manually uninstalled before the new one can be installed. Sometimes this can encompass several different versions of the application, or even several different removal codes. Typically the uninstall strings are tracked down and utilized to remove software, ...

A Collection of SCCM Collection Queries

The following queries are for use in creating collections within Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). I’ve posted them here in an effort to assist new SCCM Admins in getting things up and running as quickly as possible. If you notice anything out of whack, or just plain incorrect, please let me know. I will also be the first to admit that I’m no SQL guru by any means, ...

Batch Icon Extractor

Ever had a need to obtain an icon (.ICO) file from an existing source and you ended up jumping through all sorts of painful hoops? Well, no more hoop jumping with the Batch Icon Extractor! Simply download it and then just drag-and-drop a file (or an entire folder) onto the .EXE. If the item is a supported file type and contains .ICO files, then this handy little utility will automatically extract ...