Removing components and shortcuts from XP during OS deployment

In Windows 7 Components are called features, and can easily be added and removed using DISM, but XP tends to be more about inf, ini and txt files, so here we must use SYSOCMGR.EXE

Category: OS Deployment, Tips and Tricks, XP deployment  |  1 Comment

All Windows Keyboard layouts

I’m working for this customer who needs computers deployed I several different country’s. Because they run XP (I know!) they need that LCID – “hex code” number for the keyboard layout instead of the more user friendly “culture name” used in Win7, like en-US or da-DK. Every time I need these LCID’s I find myself […]

Category: Language, OS Deployment, Tips and Tricks, Windows 7, XP deployment  |  1 Comment

Extending OSD progress UI Info in SCCM

While running a task sequence, info on what is happening is shown in the progress UI, well the name of the Task Sequence, and the step that is running anyway!! But what if we could extend that info to let us know other things as well! Turns out that is as easy as typing a […]

Category: Configuration Manager, OS Deployment, Tips and Tricks, Windows 7, XP deployment  |  3 Comments

Changing the regional related (small) stuff! Dot vs. Comma

During OS deployment you normally set the regional settings to match the nationality of the user who are to receive the computer! This can be anything from the OS UI and keyboard,  to Date and time formats, and is normally done using sysprep values like SystemLocale, UserLocale, UIlanguage etc. One problem though, is the UserLocale […]

Category: Language, OS Deployment, Tips and Tricks  |  3 Comments

Small useful scripts – OSD from USB without HAL.dll error (vbs)

If you are experiencing problems with OS deployment of Windows XP, booting off USB, and the error is HAL.dll related, it might be because its configured wrong, her is a script that fixes this

Category: Boot Media, HAL, OS Deployment  |  2 Comments

Small useful scripts–Changing Driver Package source (PS1)

I have this customer who had to move all driver packages from from one server a another. This of cause meant all the Data Source references had to be change as well. Once al the packages were moved to the new server I ran the following  two scripts to change the source. All you need […]

Category: Configuration Manager, Drivers, OS Deployment, Powershell, Scripting  |  11 Comments

Personal notes no 8. Kill a running process

Sometimes you want to shutdown a running process before running an installation of a piece of software. In that case the native XP/win7/server08, utility TASKKILL comes in handy. In a case where I had to upgrade MS Office Communicator to Lync! this would fail if OC was active on the users machine. So I just […]

Category: OS Deployment, Personal Notes, Tips and Tricks  |  1 Comment

Clean up your wims

Generally I always use the append method of capturing my images (MDT’s ZTIBackup.wsf will do that for you, as explained here). This allows me to store multiple versions of my production image in the same image file. The biggest benefit of storing multiple images in the same wim file is of cause utilization of the […]

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Get original Driver for Lenovo biometric fingerprint scanner

I have had all kinds of trouble installing the Biometric fingerprint scanner that comes with most all new Lenovo laptops. Using the Lenovo software works, but I also installs al kinds of stuff that I don’t want, or need for that matter. Instead I choose to go with the original drive for the Hardware , […]

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Check If needed OSD packages are present on a DP

  I have a few customers who have many sits, end even more Distribution Points. They also have several different task sequences for deploying everything from XP to Server08R2. Every now and then, they will create new DP’s that needs to be updated with packages, and because of space and bandwidth issues, they do not […]

Category: Config Mgr, Configuration Manager, OS Deployment, Tips and Tricks  |  4 Comments