Using a Logon Script to Install the SMS Advanced Client

One of my customers has an extensive lab environment with multiple forests, domains and workgroup computers.  SMS 2003 was deployed to help manage the configuration of all these different systems.  Between the locked down security settings (no C$, ADMIN$ shares!) and the number separate forest/domains/workgroups involved the ability to “push” the advanced client to desktops is no longer an option. …

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Configuring SMS to Work on Workgroup Computers and Computers in Other Domains (LMHOSTS)

As described in the previous post the lab environment includes multiple forests, domains and workgroup computers.  One of the nice things about SMS 2003 is the fact that once the SMS Client has been installed on a system, you “own” that system and can manage it from that day forward.  In the previous post, we discussed how to…

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Who’s in the Local Administrators Group?

I was organizing files this weekend and ran across a script I created for a customer recently.   They we trying to determine the membership of the local Administrators group on each computer on their network.  The had determined that non-admin users were being added to the local Administrator group and needed to know how widespread…

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Sub-Select Query – The Holy Grail of SMS Collections

Learned a cool trick this week for building SMS/SCCM collections that will return a list of computers that “do not have something”.  Building a collection that returns a group computers with a particular file or program on them is easy enough.  You create a query that returns the systems you want and then import the query…

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How to Query Individual Properties of the "userAccountControl" Active Directory User property using LDAP

I was working with a customer this week who was asking me how to query Active Directory for valid, active users accounts that were not service accounts.  I made a couple of assumptions; an active account would not be disabled and only service accounts would be set to PASSWORD NEVER EXPIRES.   Initially I tried to query the…

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