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Author: Scott Keiffer

Automation: Preventing user interaction and resuming execution after restart

If you use ConfigMgr and have used a Task Sequence to deploy applications outside of OSD. You have probably run into the issue where if you perform a restart, the computer will sit at the ctrl+alt+delete screen and continue the execution in the background. Now this might be fine for some cases. For others it gives a sloppy presentation and there is no way to prevent the user from using the compute...

Windows 7: Manage user profiles with Powershell

In Windows XP there was a tool from Microsoft call DELPROF that allowed you to delete user profiles in mass on a computer. In Windows 7 DELPROF does not exists and will not be made. Clearing out user profiles on a computer that has more than a few profiles using the default windows tool is just not feasible. Luckily after some digging I found out that you can delete profiles cleanly using WMI. Usi...

Windows 7: Maintaining state with differencing VHDs

Edit (7/1/11): I should of posted this sooner as i have know about this for weeks. Resetting state can cause issue if machine password changes. To avoid this problem add the following GPO setting to any computers using this: Computer Config > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies/Security Options/Domain Member: Disable machine account password changes = Enabled. If you hav...

Dell Warranty Info for ConfigMgr 2007 using PowerShell

Edit (09/06/11): There was an error in DellWarrantyInfoFunction.psm1 file that would not correctly address extended warranties. You can download the new file here. The main zip file has been updated as well. A few days ago I needed to look up the warranty information for one of my Dells only to find that dell had changed their website again (thus breaking all my data). Since all of the community s...