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Scripts in SCCM 2007 DCM Configuration Items

DCM in SCCM 2007 allows the administrator to use scripts to detect if a particular configuration item is applicable as well as if a particular setting is valid. Unfortunately, the documentation that comes with the product does not show how to author the scripts to make it work. I found the info in the beta version of the SCCM SDK (thanks to Wally Mead for the clue) and I wanted to share with you what I’ve found.

Detection Method Scripts

For Application configuration items, you can specify a script to determine if an application is installed (as opposed to an MSI installation GUID). To do that, simply create a script that returns any kind of text. If text is returned, DCM believes that the application is installed. If no text is returned, DCM believes that the application is not installed.

For example, I’ve created a configuration item that ensures that any Intel NICs installed in Windows XP workstations is set to AUTO. In order to do this, I need to know if the Intel NIC is installed. I use the following script to do this:

Set WMI = GetObject(“winmgmts:\\.\root\cimv2”)
Set RS = WMI.ExecQuery(“SELECT * FROM Win32_PNPEntity WHERE DeviceID like ‘PCI\\VEN_8086&DEV_109A%'”)
If RS.Count > 0 Then WScript.Echo “Device Found”

You can see that if a matching device is found, text is returned, causing DCM to continue processing the configuration item.

Setting Scripts

For setting validation scripts, DCM treats text returned as the “value” of the script. This is similar to looking at a REG_SZ registry key. You can evaluate based on the specific text returned to return an Information, Warning, or Error level event. In addition, you can ensure that some string is returned by setting the Report a non-compliance event if the instance count fails and set the requirement to be Greater than 0.

For the same example, here is the script used:

‘This script will check the speed duplex setting

DeviceIDs = Array(“pci\ven_8086&dev_109a”)

Set REG = GetObject(“winmgmts://./root/default:StdRegProv”)

Const HKLM = &H80000002
Const Root = “SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318}”

‘Enum configuration subkeys
REG.EnumKey HKLM, Root, ConfigKeys

‘Look for matching device id
For Each ConfigKey in ConfigKeys
MDID = “”
On Error Resume Next
REG.GetStringValue HKLM, Root & “\” & ConfigKey, “MatchingDeviceID”, MDID
On Error Goto 0
For Each DID in DeviceIDs
If Left(UCase(MDID),Len(DID)) = UCase(DID) Then

‘Check the speed setting here
REG.GetStringValue HKLM, Root & “\” & ConfigKey, “SpeedDuplex”, SD
If SD = “0” Then
WScript.Echo “Set correctly”
End If
End If

For the Validation tab, I’m checking that the string returned is “Set correctly” and that there is at least 1 string returned.

Hope that this helps!

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