Archive | April, 2010

Just discovered TSConfig.INI

I can now customize my winpe to run a VNC Server from a batch using TSConfig.INI and [CustomHook]. In theory, I can use “Create task sequence media” to create a thumb drive, that will reboot into winpe, and I can connect via WinVNC to continue the lite touch task sequence.

I really need to sit down and read the documentation. What else am I missing?

Waking up a SCCM collection from vbscript.

I wanted to wake up all the machines in a collection using a vbscript. I know that SCCM has this built in, but I could not get it working. To troubleshoot I figured I would write a script to get collection members, and then wake them via the command line with this tool:

GetCollectionMembers "XXX00018"

Sub GetCollectionMembers (COLLECTION_NAME)
  Set objLocation = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator")
  Set objService = objLocation.ConnectServer("SERVERNAME", "root\SMS\site_XXX")
  strQuery = "SELECT * FROM SMS_FullCollectionMembership WHERE CollectionID = '" & COLLECTION_NAME & "'"
  Set objSourceCollectionMembers = objService.ExecQuery(strQuery)
  For Each Resource In objSourceCollectionMembers
	WakeMachine objService,Resource.ResourceID
End Sub

Sub WakeMachine (objService,ResourceID)
  Set Machines = objService.ExecQuery("Select * From SMS_R_System where ResourceID =" & ResourceID)
  For Each Machine In Machines
	Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
	strCurrentDir = Replace(WScript.ScriptFullName,WScript.ScriptName,"")
	strCommand = strCurrentDir & "\wol.exe " & Replace(Machine.MACAddresses(0),":","")
	Set objExecObject = objShell.Exec(strCommand)
End Sub

SCCM “trickle” install.

We wanted to deploy software to our environment via and assigned advertisement in SCCM, but we wanted to be able to install packages to a subset of a collection. If there is an issue the next day, the whole enterprise would not down. We already had a collection that identified machines that need the package, we just want to deploy to the first 15 one day, and another 15 the next day.

Since WQL does not allow a SQL “TOP” I did not think I would be able to do it via a complex query. So I wrote the following vbscript to find machines in one Collection and add them to another collection:

Sub CopyMachinesToCollection (SOURCE_COLLECTION,TARGET_COLLECTION,ResourcesAtATime)
	Set objLocation = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator")
	Set oService = objLocation.ConnectServer("server", "root\SMS\site_XXX")

	Set oSourceCollectionMembers = oService.ExecQuery("SELECT ResourceID, Name FROM SMS_FullCollectionMembership WHERE CollectionID = '" & SOURCE_COLLECTION & "'")
	Set oTargetCollection = oService.Get("SMS_Collection.CollectionID='" & TARGET_COLLECTION & "'")

	' Add ResourcesAtATime resources to
	For Each Resource In oSourceCollectionMembers
		if counter < ResourcesAtATime then
			'Wscript.Echo Resource.ResourceID  & "-" & Resource.Name
			Set DirectRule = oService.Get("SMS_CollectionRuleDirect").SpawnInstance_()
			DirectRule.ResourceClassName = "SMS_R_System"
			DirectRule.ResourceID = Resource.ResourceID
			DirectRule.RuleName = Resource.Name
			oTargetCollection.AddMembershipRule DirectRule, SMSContext
			oTargetCollection.RequestRefresh False
			end if
End Sub

Sub DeleteTargetCollection (TARGET_COLLECTION)
	Set objLocation = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator")
	Set oService = objLocation.ConnectServer("svnyem01", "root\SMS\site_SVC")

	Set oTargetCollection = oService.Get("SMS_Collection.CollectionID='" & TARGET_COLLECTION & "'")

	' Delete all in oTargetCollection
	If Not IsNull(oTargetCollection.CollectionRules) Then
		For Each Rule In oTargetCollection.CollectionRules
			wscript.echo Rule.RuleName
			oTargetCollection.DeleteMembershipRule Rule
		oTargetCollection.RequestRefresh False
	End If
End Sub

Second sub removes all machines from the collection, and the first copies the first “x” from the soure to the destination

iPad app pricing?

Just was reading this article. I couldn’t agree more with this statement. It costs equal or more to but the WSJ on the iPad?

Compare the strategies and thinking. On the one hand we have a set of pricing models that deliver marginal value for premium prices and show very little that differentiate themselves from the web experience, although they expect to charge more. These pricing models are based on a sense of entitlement to set pricing as it was in the days of print. I won’t even call them strategies because they lack any kind of realistic strategic thinking

Powershell signing, makecert.exe and group policy – Part 2

In the previous post I showed how to create self signed signing certs via the makecert tool. Once I made the pfx files, and signed my script, I need to make the server I was working see the certificate chain. I created a GPO and applied it to the server OU. I added the Root cert to Trusted Root Certification Authorities, and I added the Cert to Trusted Publishers Certificates. Now when I open a signed script on a server, I no longer have to change the Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned and add the network path to the Local Intranet zone.

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