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Ryan Steele
rgsteele on Script or other method to check if OSD TS completed successfully at end of imaging - http://www.reddit.com/r...
">our TS fails on some things from time to time, but not everything stops the TS even though continue on error isn't used I suspect that the TS *is* stopping, but because it reboots the PC after displaying the error for 15 minutes, your techs just don't realize that it didn't complete successfully. If it got far enough that the OS was installed and they miss the error dialog, they will see the machine at the login screen and there will be no sign that the task sequence didn't complete. Increasing the timeout will solve this problem." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Wim Size - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Keep in mind that much of the "size" of the WinSxS folder is made up of multiple hard links to the same files, so TreeSize will over-report the amount of actual space taken up. From http://blogs.msdn.com/b...: > In practice, nearly every file in the WinSxS directory is a “hard link” to the physical files elsewhere on the system—meaning that the files are not actually in this directory. For instance in the WinSxS there might be a file called advapi32.dll that takes up >700K however what’s being reported is a hard link to the actual file that lives in the Windows\System32, and it will be counted twice (or more) when simply looking at the individual directories from Windows Explorer. The DISM tool for Windows 8.1 includes a tool to [determine the actual size of the WinSxS folder](https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us...)." - Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele
rgsteele on Script or other method to check if OSD TS completed successfully at end of imaging - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"If a task sequence fails, an error dialog is displayed, but by default it only stays on the screen for 15 minutes, after which point the computer is rebooted. To extend the timeout, set the `SMSTSErrorDialogTimeout` task sequence variable (either by adding a "Set Task Sequence Variable" step to your TS, or with a collection variable). The value is in seconds, so setting the variable to 86400 will extend the timeout to 24 hours, for example. I've read the maximum is 604800 (7 days) but haven't tested it myself." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Unlikely opponents for Godzilla - http://www.reddit.com/r...
""Godzilla? I thought that was you! Now, don't you tell me you don't remember me because I sure as heckfire remember you. Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, buddy. Case Western High. Ned Ryerson: I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson: got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson: I dated your sister Biollante a couple times until you told me not to anymore? Well?"" - Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele
rgsteele on Upgrading outlook 2007 -> 2010 - NK2 file - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Sounds like you might be confusing AutoComplete and Suggested Contacts. This article should clear everything up for you: http://www.slipstick.com/outlook..." - Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele
rgsteele on OK, can we all agree that lowering the speed limits was a bullshit waste of money, served no purpose, and has not slowed a single vehicle down? I rest my case. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I am a driver. I fully support the reduction of the speed limits and I obey the new speed limits. So no, I don't think we can all agree on that." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Prompting users during SCCM 2012 r2 Task Sequence deployment? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"The only time I would use a task sequence to deploy something other than an operating system would be if the deployment required a reboot AND there were things that had to be done after that reboot. Otherwise, I would use a package or program. For installations that require prompting users and performing multiple operations, I highly recommend the [PowerShell App Deploy Toolkit](https://psappdeploytoolkit.codeplex.com/). Also, do come join us in /r/sccm!" - Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele
rgsteele on Sage 50 help/advice needed. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
">So if that is the case, can we set it up to where the computer it is installed on now is the "server." My wife's laptop would be a workstation that accesses the server. If this is possible, can they both be logged in at the same time and have the changes synchronized upon logoff? Their tech support said no. Yes, you can have more than one user access the database at a time. Both computers have Sage 50 installed. One is the server, and one is the client. The user on the client has to map a drive to the folder on the server where the database is stored. See the instructions [here](https://support.na.sage.com/selfser...). The changes are not synchronized at logoff, they are synchronized in real time. And yes, both computers have to be on the same network for this..." - Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele
rgsteele on Incredibly simple bitlocker question - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Your issue with BitLocker prompting for the recovery key when a laptop is removed from a docking station is likely due to a disk drive in the docking station (DVD-ROM or otherwise) which is also in the boot order in the BIOS. BitLocker doesn't like it when the boot order changes. You should be able to fix this by suspending BitLocker, going into the BIOS settings while the laptop is docked and removing that device from the boot order. We encountered a similar issue when we were imaging a large fleet of machines. A bunch of them were prompting for the BitLocker recovery key at boot after having been freshly imaged. We were scratching our heads until one of the techs discovered the computer booted successfully with the mouse and keyboard disconnected. It turns out there is an "Error boot sequence" which runs when the computer is booted with no mouse or keyboard attached which has a different boot order. The techs were disconnecting the mouse and keyboard after initiating the imaging..." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Issue with a daily scheduled package - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"If /u/Content_Monkey is correct, and maintenance windows don't apply to deployments to user collections, your best bet might be to tweak your package so that when it runs, the program just exits if the current time isn't within your parameters. Maybe wrap it with a VBscript, something like: If Time() > TimeValue("4:00am") and Time() < TimeValue("5:00am") Then Set objShell = wscript.createobject("wscript.shell") Set oExec = objShell.Exec("myprogram.exe") WScript.Quit oExec.ExitCode End If I haven't tried deploying anything to a user collection yet, and I couldn't find anything online confirming either way whether maintenance windows apply to deployments to user collections, so that's one to add to the "things to figure out someday" list." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Configuration baseline erroring on very basic vbscript - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Actually, as long as you're using the `cscript` interpreter (which of course SCCM does), `Wscript.echo` outputs to the console, which is exactly what you want when you're using a script for evaluation." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Configuration baseline erroring on very basic vbscript - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"You are telling your script to exit with error code 1, and SCCM is saying "The script exited with error code 1, so something went wrong". Try simplifying your vb script to one line: > wscript.echo 1 I haven't used configuration baselines much, but it's my understanding that if you're using a script detection, if the script outputs any text to the console that evaluates to "true", and if it outputs no text that evaluates to "false"." - Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele
rgsteele on Anyone else having issues with Office 2013 deployment no uninstalling 2010? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Ah yes, that makes sense. If the detection for your Office 2013 install is just checking for the GUID, the SCCM client will see that and think that Office is already installed, and it won't perform the install. Modifying your detection by additionally checking for excel.exe or winword.exe as you suggested should fix that." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Anyone else having issues with Office 2013 deployment no uninstalling 2010? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"When Lync 2013 was installed, was it from the Office 2013 media? Or is it some kind of stand-alone version? Lync is included in Office 2013 now, so you may need to uninstall any currently installed version before you install Office. You can add the uninstall command to your PSADT script or batch file. Or, if you deployed Lync as an application, and the "Uninstall program" field is filled in for the deployment type, then you can specify that the Office 2013 application supersedes the Lync application and select the "Uninstall" option in the supersedence relationship. That's how we removed Lync 2010 during our Office 2013 upgrade. http://imgur.com/N57KwWf You can use the Lync 2010 install package to perform the uninstall as follows: `LyncSetup.exe /silent /uninstall` If you need to remove Office Communicator 2007 R2: `msiexec /x {0D1CBBB9-F4A8-45B6-95E7-202BA61D7AF4} /q`" - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on I think I've seen the light... - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Yes, that's right. The only reason you might not want to deploy an update to all systems would be if there were some systems you didn't want updated." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on I think I've seen the light... - http://www.reddit.com/r...
">ADRs for SCEP updates were deployed to those location collections - four ADRs for four collections of fewer than 50 clients each. Just feels really messy to me. >I'm now realizing: why not have a single collection that queries on devices with SCEP installed, and have a single ADR for that collection? As I'm really new to all this anyway, there might be a better way to keep SCEP devices updated, tips appreciated! One thing to keep in mind with software updates is that, just like with WSUS, updates will only install on a machine where they are applicable. For something like SCEP definition updates, for example, there's no reason not to deploy them to all systems, since the definition updates will only install on machines with SCEP installed. For other types of updates, which have a greater potential for causing issues, you probably want to create a "Pilot" collection, made up of a small number of systems from each department, that you can deploy the updates to for testing. Once you've..." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on What should I do with ~120gb of laptop memory - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"This is what I would do. See if there is an organization like [Free Geek](http://www.freegeek.org/) in your area. They take donations of computer hardware and supply reconditioned computers to community organizations and individuals who can't afford new hardware." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on "Power plan" abilities? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"You might try updating your BIOS. Make sure your chipset drivers are up to date as well. This forum thread may be helpful: http://www.neowin.net/forum... Failing all that, check and see if your BIOS has a scheduled power on feature." - Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele
rgsteele on Anyone else having issues with Office 2013 deployment no uninstalling 2010? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"There are were a couple components of Office 2010 that were discontinued for Office 2013 (one of them was SharePoint Workspace, I can't recall what the other was). When you run the Office 2013 installer, if those components are installed, they won't be removed in case they were actually being used since there's nothing to replace them. This wouldn't be a big deal except that if the user has a shortcut to the 2010 version of an Office app on their desktop and they try to use it, the Office 2010 installer will attempt to re-install it (since Office 2010 is still technically installed). I recommend deploying Office 2013 with the [PowerShell App Deploy Toolkit](https://psappdeploytoolkit.codeplex.com/). The included Office deployment script will take care of removing previous versions of Office and ensuring the Office apps are closed (and preventing the user from launching them while the upgrade is taking place). Using the PSAppDeploy toolkit takes a bit of learning, so if you need a..." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on "Power plan" abilities? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Use scheduled tasks to put the computer to sleep and wake it up at the appropriate times. http://www.howtogeek.com/119028..." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on [2012 R2] SCCM Driver Package Weirdness (Adding and Removing) - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Huh. Interesting. I've never tried removing a driver from a package. I can't say why, but it looks like if you have more than one .inf file in a given folder, it will select the drivers associated with ALL the .inf files in that folder when you edit them that way. My strategy has been to go through the drivers before I import them and remove any unneeded ones. We use Lenovo gear and their driver packs were notorious for including drivers for architectures and operating systems other than the one the driver pack is for (they seem to have improved on this recently, though). Let's say I'm importing a driver pack for Windows 7 x64 on some specific model. I'll extract the archive and search for folders with names containing: * x86 * 32 or 32bit * XP, Win2k, Vista, etc. As long as there's a corresponding folder for the OS and architecture I'm importing, I'll just delete those other folders. (Rarely, the driver in the "Vista" folder is for Win7 as well but that will be obvious because there..." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Microsoft releases Outlook for iOS and Android - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"If it wasn't clear, that line is from the IIS log on our Exchange Client Access server. This is the log of all incoming OWA and ActiveSync requests. I've sanitized it for privacy, but `domain\username` is replacing the username on the mailbox I configured in the app on my iPhone for testing. [But don't take my word for it.](https://www.acompli.com/privacy...) >We provide a service that indexes and accelerates delivery of your email to your device. That means that our service retrieves your incoming and outgoing email messages and securely pushes them to the app on your device. Similarly, the service retrieves the calendar data and address book contacts associated with your email account and securely pushes those to the app on your device. Those messages, calendar events, and contacts, along with their associated metadata, may be temporarily stored and indexed securely both in our servers and locally on the app on your device. If your emails have attachments and you request to..." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Microsoft releases Outlook for iOS and Android - http://www.reddit.com/r...
">Even worse: This stores your exchange data on some Microsoft server Actually, it looks like it's on some Amazon server. From our edge server logs: `2015-01-29 15:47:28 x.x.x.x OPTIONS /Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync/default.eas *snip* 443 domain\username 54.69.92.239 Outlook-iOS-Android/1.0 200 0 0 31` A reverse lookup on that IP address returns `ec2-54-69-92-239.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com`." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on SCCM - Removing MalwareBytes - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"As long as he's deploying it as an uninstall, it will work just fine. And since he's got "mbam-clean.exe" in the "Uninstall" field, it sounds like he's doing just that." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on SCCM - Removing MalwareBytes - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I see a couple problems. First, you've got spaces in your environment variables when there shouldn't be. It's `%ProgramFiles%` and `%ProgramFiles(x86)%`. If you take the spaces out, the detection will work, but it's a bit wonky. Here's why: When you check the box that says "This file or folder is associated with a 32bit app on a 64bit system", you're telling SCCM to perform the detection *as if the detection process were running as a 32-bit app*. What does that mean? Well, if a 32-bit process is running on a 64-bit OS and it asks the OS, "Where is %programfiles%"? The OS comes back and says "it's at 'C:\Program Files (x86)'". If you run a 64-bit process and it asks the OS, "Where is %programfiles%?", the OS says "It's at 'C:\Program Files'". The way this is supposed to work is you create a single detection rule, checking whether mbam.exe exists in `%ProgramFiles%\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware`, and check the box saying "This file or folder is associated with a 32bit app on a 64bit..." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Windows 8.1 Enterprise Deployment - Default Logon Type - http://www.reddit.com/r...
">What's weird is that our MDT deployment, using the same WIM, doesn't have this issue. Did you perhaps create a custom answer file (unattend.xml) that you are using in your MDT deployment but not your SCCM deployment?" - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on AppLocker question - http://www.reddit.com/r...
""You can use a combination of allow actions and deny actions. However, we recommend using allow actions with exceptions because **deny actions override allow actions in all cases**. Deny actions can also be circumvented. For example, if you configure a deny action for a file or folder path, the user can still run the file from any other path." -- https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us..." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Thickheaded Thursday - January 22, 2015 - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I think you can just right-click on the snapshot and click Export. However, if this new VM will be coexisting on the same network as its clone, you MUST sysprep it, otherwise you'll have two systems with the same SID, which is bad." - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on System Center 2012 "Available Software" - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I presume you only want this task sequence to be available from a PXE boot then? Go into the properties of the task sequence deployment. On the "Deployment Settings" tab, in the "Make available to the following" drop-down, select "Only media and PXE". It's at this point I am compelled to warn you that you must be VERY CAREFUL when you are deploying task sequences. If you had made this a "Required" deployment, all the endpoints in whichever collection you've deployed this task sequence to would be wiping and re-imaging themselves right now. You haven't deployed a task sequence to the "All Systems" collection, have you? Also, come and join us in /r/sccm!" - Ryan Steele
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rgsteele on Need a script/cmdlet that will allow me to enable litigation hold on multiple users - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"With 2000 users, you'll need `Get-Mailbox -ResultSize unlimited`." - Ryan Steele
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