Dart Remote recovery starts too late in your OSD MDT Deployment? Here is the fix.

I hope everybody leverages DART Remote Recovery remote agent in their OSD task sequences with MDT integration. It works in conjunction with MDT Monitoring, and it starts when first “Use MDT Package” step runs in PE. This step is calling ZTISCCM.WSF script. The problem is, that there are lots of other errors, related to drive…

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Start MBAM encryption on Bitlocker pre-provisioned and Windows To Go drives.

Dave Hornbaker from Deployment Guys wrote a script some time ago, that kicks off MBAM encryption of the hard drive. It can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2012/02/20/using-mbam-to-start-bitlocker-encryption-in-a-task-sequence.aspx As time goes, there are new features in SCCM and MDT as well as in Bitlocker and MBAM. One of two things that the original script does not address is pre-provisioned…

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Modified Administrative Security > "Administrative users security assignments" report with effective rights

  One of most useful reports is Administrative Security > Administrative users security assignments. It shows you Configuration Manager administrative users with rights, assigned to them. The only problem with that report, is that it shows you only groups and users you added as directly as Administrative Users. But, for example, if you have NA\JDoe…

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Computer Make / Model with Lenovo real models

After looking at a couple of reports / SQL queries for Lenovo models, I realized that they have some drawbacks. Lenovo stores its model in a different class, called Win32_ComputerSystemProduct and the name for the field is “Version”. So, for SCCM, we need to enable it in Inventory first, but we’re not going to get…

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x-mass present! _AUTOMATICALLY_ open all important logs – smsts.log, bdd.log – anything!

Hi! How many times you have been looking for SMSTS.LOG checking all possible locations, finally finding the wrong version, because time in Win PE is off? Finally, the pain is over! Attached script, ZTITrace32.wsf will open them for you automatically. See the picture. How it works. Script Starts another copy of itself in “TSR” mode…

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Creating faster OEM Images with OSD and MDT.

Creating faster OEM Images with OSD and MDT.   Introduction OEM scenario is where you prepare the reference computer and duplicate the hard drive using any tool or hardware duplicator. Microsoft offers two products to accomplish OEM image creation. 1.       Operating System Deployment from System Center Configuration Manager 2.       Microsoft Deployment toolkit Let’s compare two…

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Patch Management in isolated environment SMS 2003

When you don’t have Internet Connection, going through all patches may be a real pain, so, to make the process absolutely hassle free, similar to connected environment when you just hit “download patches for me” button, I tried to create virtual root in IIS and “cheat” by putting patches to local drive and add “windowsupdate.com” to…

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Reporting client to distribution point network bandwidth to SMS Hardware Inventory

  Network infrastructure is very important for successful SMS deployment. The most network consuming feature is Software distribution, and it would become handy to have network speed information in your SMS Database. To collect this data we use simple VB script (netspeed_inv.vbs) which runs from the distribution point and transfers small 100KB file. After that,…

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