OSD – Customising deployment depending on location

It’s been a while since I posted anything, but I’ve been really busy at home and in work.

Although I have beening using OSD for a while it hasn’t been completely automated, things like timezone, keyboard locale etc still need to be changed by an administrator after a rebuild. Now we have sites in America, UK, Europe and Japan, so I need to account for them in my task sequence. I will admit here that I had a bit of trouble with getting the script to work so I did get some help from MS (they added 2 lines of code to the script and 1 task sequence event).

There are 2 parts to this, 1st is the vbscript to detect and set the location and then some task sequence events to act on the variables we set.

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Rehome FCS

When I was building our SCCM environment I decided it would be a good time to clean up WSUS & FCS and bring them under the new system.

The problem I ran into was “How do I repoint FCS?” without having to uninstall and reinstall it on every machine.

The solution, a bit of VB script based on the information here: http://blogs.technet.com/fcsnerds/archive/2008/11/12/changing-the-management-group-to-which-an-fcs-client-reports.aspx

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VBS: Get old computer accounts from AD

UPDATED 2011-02-10: Added support for 33000+ records. Thanks to Mike for finding the limitation and testing the solution. (Note for 33000 records script takes about 1.5hrs to run)

The VBScript loops through the AD and lists all of the computer accounts in a csv file.

The Excel Code does the same except places the data in a formated table in excel, note it is only tested with excel 2007.

The following properties are returned:

  • Hostname,
  • Password Last Set,
  • Day Count (since password was last set),
  • Recent (was this done within the days specified in the script),
  • Disabled?,
  • Top Level OU,
  • OU,
  • Distinguished Name

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SCCM Get Dell warranty info v2

2011-07-11: This method is now deprecated please go here: http://ninet.org/2011/07/dell-hp-warranty-info-in-sccm

LAST UPDATED: 2010-09-22

UPDATE 2010-09-14: Dell have changed the layout to add an extra field in the contracts section so the scripts are broken

UPDATE 2010-07-09: I’ve noticed this page is getting a lot of hits, I haven’t had a chance to get this working yet so if anyone does please post a comment or drop me a mail using the contact page. I’ll try and get some time next week to look at it again.

These scripts are a work in progress and you should check back regularly for updates until I mark them as final.

This is an updated version of the “SCCM Get Dell warranty info

Basically the problem with the other script is that a user with admin privs must run it or the computer account must have access to the internet.

I have split the script in 2 and rejigged it slightly so that now 1 (user) script is run “When user is logged on with the users privliges” and the other (system) script is run 2nd “When user is logged on with administrative privliges”. You can use the “Run another program 1st” option in the program definition which should make it practically act like a single script.

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