Deploying Windows 7 Language Packs via ConfigMgr

During a Windows 7 64-bit deployment project the customer gave me a requirement to allow users to install a variety of language packs without adding all of them to the baseline image to keep the size down.  They are already using ConfigMgr to advertise applications for user self-service so this seemed the most logical method…

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Windows XP Remote Assistance and DontDisplayLastUserName

While implementing Remote Assistance during a Windows 7 deployment I found that a RA connection to older Windows XP workstations would behave like a Remote Desktop connection: the user would not be prompted to allow the administrator to connect, and the administrator would be prompted to logon.  I eventually traced the issue to the presence…

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ConfigMgr query for blocked or approved clients

This is nothing new; I’m typically not one to repost information that can be found elsewhere online.  This is just so that I have an easy place to find it in the future! select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID, SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType, SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name, SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier, SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup, SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_CM_RES_COLL_SMS00001 on SMS_CM_RES_COLL_SMS00001.ResourceId = SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_CM_RES_COLL_SMS00001.IsBlocked = ‘1’ Replace IsBlocked…

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Generating a random password with PowerShell

Instead of bashing on the keyboard, I’m a proponent of using a tool to generate a random password, such as when creating a service account or new user accounts.  A colleague of mine recently discovered that this is doable with Windows PowerShell, in only two lines! Add-Type -Assembly System.Web [Web.Security.Membership]::GeneratePassword($length,$numberOfNonAlphanumericCharacters) This will return a string…

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Identifying a system deployed via OSD

I’m starting a DCM project for a customer and one of the requirements is to determine whether a system was deployed via a ConfigMgr task sequence.  This seemed like a simple request but initially stymied me as to how to best implement it with a significant level of authority that cannot be easily circumvented.  I…

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