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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!

Happy holidays everyone! May the odds be ever in your favor!
I will be taking a brake for the remainder of this year.

Determine Microsoft SQL Server version (SQL)

Purpose: Since SCCM acts differently depending on the SQL-version, you might be interested to find out, which version is actually installed in your SCCM environment.

Once upon a time Microsoft released a list of supported SCCM configurations. The list also includes all the supported versions and what does it actually mean when you have one of the specific versions installed. Because of this it might be relevant for you to check the SQL version on which you are running your system and take note what it is capable of.

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Use Scandinavian Characters in a Command-line script (BAT)

Purpose: You are in a need to use special characters (ie. Scandinavian Characters) in a Batch script.

You might notice that the default settings of Windows 7 CMD.exe does not allow you to call a script with Special Characters (ie. Scandinavian Characters). This occurs only when you call a Batch script from the CMD.exe. Typing directly in an open CMD session allows you to work with special characters. You can easily bypass the special character problem on your own workstation but might not be that straightforward to deploy the changes into your domain.

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Create an Outlook email with auto-filled Receiver, Subject and Body from the Command-line (BAT)

Purpose: You want to send Outlook emails to the same Receiver with the same Subject and with the Body containing something similar in each one of your emails.

You might need to send yourself some emails to the same target regularly, and you are too lazy to fill out the blank inputs with the same details over and over again (the best ignition to automation). Then again you might want some other people to send you some details with the same template over and over again. If you answered yes to either one of the previous sentences, this post might help you.

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Automate Application Installation (Tutorial)

Purpose: Comprehensive list of different Installer Engines and a way to install each of them silently.

Every single task of “let us install this application without user interaction” begins with the study of the target application. You might be lucky to find out that the application is created by one of the most popular install engines. If so, you have a chance to use the applicable install engine documentation and parameters to automate the installation. If not, you will need to create an install package by yourself.

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Deploy Internet Explorer

Software Microsoft Internet Explorer
Install Silently

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Windows cant verify the publisher of this driver software (BAT)

Purpose: While deploying an application, an unsigned driver must be deployed as well.

During your regular application deployment process, you might stumble across a dreaded popup – that of an unsigned driver. The actual application might be easy to deploy but usually an unsigned driver will cause new deployment admins to use foul language. Fear not, with the following easy to follow steps, you can get past most of these problems.

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Backup a local folder to a network drive with user interaction (BAT)

Purpose: Create a small backup program that a user can launch as he likes

In a corporate environment, different methods of backups are used. However, there might be a need for a small group of people to create something special. The need might raise for those who use an application that requires the USERS to be able to backup the application themselves. This of course puts the backup process into different set of hands (the user) but if that is the wish – it can be done and most importantly – easily. This example assumes that the network drive is backuped with other methods.

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Copy a predefined file to all local user profiles (VBS)

Purpose: You want to copy a predefined file to all local workstation user profiles with SCCM

You might find yourself in a situation where some of the applications have been installed in one way and the others in another way. Depending on the problem, you might just want to clean the table and reinstall the the applications with your definitions. If this is not possible or would not be cost efficient, you could use SCCM to check if “something” exists and alter the workstations where this something is missing. In this example this “something” is a missing configuration file needed in EVERY USER PROFILE of the workstation.

Usage: cscript.exe IT_APP_VBS_CopyFileToEveryUserProfile.vbs
Configuration: You need to insert your own PREDEFINED FILE and LOCATION.

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Copy a predefined file to a current user networked personal folder (VBS)

Purpose: You want to copy a predefined file to the currently logged on user personal network folder with SCCM

You might find yourself in a situation where some of the applications have been installed in one way and the others in another way. Depending on the problem, you might just want to clean the table and reinstall the the applications with your definitions. If this is not possible or would not be cost efficient, you could use SCCM to check if “something” exists and alter the workstations where this something is missing. In this example this “something” is a missing configuration file located in the personal network folder of an user.

Usage: cscript.exe IT_APP_VBS_CopyFileToNetworkedPersonalFolder.vbs
Configuration: You need to insert your own PREDEFINED FILE and LOCATION.

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