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Coalesce noncontinuous and/or unjoined lists into a single sequential variable list in ConfigMgr OSD Deployments 0

Coalesce noncontinuous and/or unjoined lists into a single sequential variable list in ConfigMgr OSD Deployments

Wow, great title. What does it mean? Well, yesterday I was watching a couple of the recorded sessions of last weeks MMS. One of them was held by Michael Niehaus about dynamic Deployments and he mentioned a problem you might experience mainly in ConfigMgr OSD using collection variables and presented...

PrettyGoodFrontEndClone 0

PrettyGoodFrontEndClone

I’ve always been a big fan of the PrettyGoodFrontEnd written by Johan Arwidmark. Originally written as a FrontEnd for ZTI deployments on SMS with BDD 2007 it has recently been updated for ConfigMgr (SCCM) 2007 Deployments with MDT 2010 integration. Similar to the Custom Boot Wizard I’ve mentioned already a...

Testing your Wizard files, Gather steps, customsettings.ini, etc 0

Testing your Wizard files, Gather steps, customsettings.ini, etc

As you might have read already on other Blogs as well, it is quite easy to test the processing of your gather step and the customsettings.ini. What I would like to add here is, that you can also use the same way to test your custom wizards and scripts as...

Moving Computers in Active Directory during MDT Deployments – Step by Step 2

Moving Computers in Active Directory during MDT Deployments – Step by Step

In a former article I explained in quite detail how to move computers in Active Directory using a webservice. As I got a couple requests for an updated and more condensed Step by Step guide I also took the opportunity and rewrote the sample scripts to fit to the new...

Finding computer in Active Directory based on the netbootGuid 2

Finding computer in Active Directory based on the netbootGuid

A couple weeks ago I got a question from a norwegian fellow. They prestage all computers in Active Directory based on their UUID and he wanted to be able to query AD to get the computer name for their Deployments. The UUID of a computer can be stored in the...

Setting the Computer Description in Active Directory during MDT Deployments 1

Setting the Computer Description in Active Directory during MDT Deployments

A quite common question I got so far  is how one would be able to set or update the computer description in Active Directory during the Deployment or maybe also later using a logon script. I personally like to store some additional information about the computer itself in the description...

Debugging VBScript and JScript in vbs, js, wsf and hta files 1

Debugging VBScript and JScript in vbs, js, wsf and hta files

Many of us have to deal with some kind of scripts. I know the future is Powershell but there are still so many existing scripts flying around and also there are some situations where you simply need to use something „old“ like VBScript. Anyway. I’m not going to talk about...