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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VMware View Desktop Agents Install Order

Purpose: How to install VMware View client correcrly

Installing the vmware agents in wrong order will cause you probles with the pool. Problems like: black screen, invalid unchangeable resolution, and such. To correct these (in one case) is to make sure that the agents (vSphere and View) are installed in the right order.

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Hide Duplicate Values in SQL Report Builder (SRSS)

Purpose: When you create bloated SQL queries, you might need to shape them further.

You understand your query, but there just seem to be so many things that must be taken into account. You know that they will not alter the context of your report in a way that could lead to missing information. Therefore you have decided to stop working on the bloated SQL query and use the Report Builder as a tool to shape the query as you see fit.

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Windows Update (SUP) Troubleshooting in SCCM 2012

Purpose: How to debug windows updates in SCCM – real-life examples

SCCM includes an integraded WSUS server in it. You can set this Software Update Point (SUP) to manage your environment windows updates. However, there most likely will some problems along the way, which an active admin will find himself struggling against. This post covers the usual problems seen from the client side.

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Deploy Microsoft Zune (for Windows Phone)

Software Microsoft Zune (Application for Windows Phone)
Install Silently ZunePackage.exe
/qb
/accepteula

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Deploy Adobe Premiere Elements 10

Software Adobe Premiere Elements 10
Requirements Apple Quicktime (Renderer)
Install Silently
Finnish
OEM.exe
/UL1033
/V”SERIALNUMBER=XXXX-XXXX
DELETEDESKTOPSHORTCUT=1
COUNTRY=77″

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Modify the Windows 7 taskbar pinned program icons

Purpose: Clear or create your own pinned program icons in the Windows taskbar

In a case where you need to alter the windows taskbar, you will come to notice that there is actually no clean way to script the Windows Taskbar. This operating system object is meant to be edited by the user only with no API for programs or scripts to alter it. Hence taskbar customization is instantly an OS tweak. I recommend caution and deeper understanding of Windows 7 OS.

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Deploy Windows Live Essentials 2012

Software Windows Live Essentials 2012
Install Silently wlarp.exe
/q quiet installation
/log: logging your installation
/noMU disable Windows Update
/noHomepage prevent homepage to become Msn.com
/noLaunch prevent Messenger to launch just after installation as finished.
/noSearch prevent your default search engin to be replaced by Bing.com
/NoToolbarCEIP switch will stop the toolbar install.
/AppSelect:(ApplicationID) select features you want to install
!(ApplicationID) are features that should not be installed

ApplicationIDs
ALL (Full live essential), Mail, PhotoGallery, OLC (Outlook Connector), Messenger, Writer, MovieMaker, Companion (Messenger Companion), FamilySafety, wlsync (Live Mesh), Bingbar, idcrl (Live Sign in Assistant)

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