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  1. Hi guys.. I don't script, so i would like to ask for your help on creating a WMI query i could use to check for network connectivity before running a task...I have this "web installer" application that needs to have internet connectivity to install properly or else my deployment fails. I tought i could do something like.. IF aond only IF mdt senses that there is a network connection and/or can ping 8.8.8.8 (google dns server), THEN run App.. otherwise, skip. Please advise.
  2. Hi, everybody.. A full PC deployment takes about 45 minutes (using offline media) . this is a really basic image and was wondering if these deployment times correspond.. I am thinking that ""Applying system settings" should not be taking that long.. can someone please tell me what could be happening at this stage? I've googled around but most of the "slow" problems people have is due to network connectivity issues. I should also mention this is set up as a "workgroup" machine. .. how can i speed this up? OS:Win7 Ent Intel i5 8gb Ram please advise. Thank you. format and gather info 00:25min prepare specialized drivers 01:55min extract OS 05:14min Inject Unattend +Drivers 03:06min Starting Windows 01:39 Installing devices 01:22min "Applying system settings" 12:27min ---reboot + first welcome screen--- 02:15min the remaining time is taken by installing Additional Apps and reboots, which i am trying to cut down on as well..
  3. Hi guys.. I use thick images at my workplace because we don't have the infrastructure to do wds, lite or zt installs.. we've been using ghost forever I am trying to have windows 8 ask me for a computer name and join a specified domain.. the way i did it before was using MySysprep2 with the variables <computer>% input pc name%</computer> on my unattended, but it looks like MSP2 does not work with windows 8 .. does anyone have an alternative that will allow me to input the pc name before joining an existing domain? needless to say i also have this on my xml file: <component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <Identification> <Credentials> <Domain>student.local</Domain> <Password>something</Password> <Username>domainjoinaccount</Username> </Credentials> <JoinDomain>student.local</JoinDomain> <MachineObjectOU>OU=WorkStations,DC=STUDENT,DC=LOCAL</MachineObjectOU> <DebugJoin>true</DebugJoin> </Identification> thank you for your time.
  4. Hi guys.. we have a server (08r2) that does all. wsus, eset rac, pdq inventory, print server , etc .. we only have this one box.. I was wondering if i could house SCCM within a VM inside this server to play with package deployment and stuff or if i would need a separate box (no budget). server is pretty robust and fast and its currently managing about 100pc's . please let me know thank you
  5. i've been trough that documentation.. but it seems like it backs up a lot of other things i really don't need. :/
  6. Hi guys.. I'm a real newbie here so. first off HI I'm a tier 2 desktop support specialist for a small 300+ user organization. I am not the only tech guy at the office, but i am actively trying to make things easier for all of us by automating some of the tasks we use daily. I am constantly reimaging pc's, etc etc.. the next few months however, I will be upgrading all of our users to Windows 7 (from xp), and that means doing a LOT of copy/paste/settings, etc. now.. being in the low end of the "technical" world at our place, I don't get access to the servers ( i basically do just the grunt work), so SCCM is kind of out of the question for me :/, AND it is extremely unlikely I would get any of the top technicians to implement a solution that would make them do any thing that would add to their work (why would they)... I have come to read about using USMT, and it sounds exactly like the tool i would use to accomplish this .. If i could only automate it in some way. ( too many switches, commands, etc). I have found a tool called USMT XML Builder that I could use to build a self extracting executable file that would run and copy a set of predetermined settings, but I have been unable to make it work. this sounds PErfet.. if i could go to the winxp machine.. run the executable.. let it do its thing (backup).. and go back to the win7 and run the restore executable,, THAt right there would save me TONS of time.. that is.. if it worked :/ so far, I have not been able to make it work .. and i think the answer lies in the HTML this are the things I am trying to accomplish: *copy the entire "My documents" folder *copy the "favorites folder *copy the "desktop" folder" *copy all the *.pst files in the outlook folder *copy attached network printers *copy attached network drives sounds pretty straight forward.. I don't need any other settings.. just file backup. Now, my question to you all is a) could I setup a pseudo-server in my existing network to install sccm and automate this task ? (i should mention the switches here are configured manually and they DO not allow multicasting) could someone help me build an html that would work for USMT to do the tasks i mentioned earlier? If someone could help me get this going, I would be forever in your debt.. at the moment, I am just going into each machine and copying manually all those files, and there have been times were I miss the outlook files (thank god those machines were not wiped) I am willing to work for this help, but i think i'm out of my league trying to figure this out. Please be kind to respond, and thank you for your time. ps: i would donate a few pp bucks if need be
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