AutoIt Cmdlets for Windows PowerShell

AutoIt Cmdlets for Windows PowerShell

Overview The newest versions of the AutoIt scripting language now come with a bonus for PowerShell users. A set of native PowerShell Cmdlets! This allows you to add the unique features of AutoIt – window manipulation and keystroke simulation – to your...
WinPE Version List

WinPE Version List

Overview This post contains a WinPE version list including the WinPE version, the Windows version, and the numeric Windows version string that it was built from. It covers all versions of WinPE from the initial Windows XP versions to the latest Windows 10 versions....
UTF-8 and UTF-16 Text Encoding Detection Library

UTF-8 and UTF-16 Text Encoding Detection Library

Overview This post shows how to detect UTF-8 and UTF-16 text and presents a fully functional C++ and C# library that can be used to help with the detection. I recently had to upgrade the text file handling feature of AutoIt to better handle text files where no byte...
Mass Redistribute Packages in ConfigMgr 2012

Mass Redistribute Packages in ConfigMgr 2012

Overview Recently I came across an issue with System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 where a large number of packages and applications had failed to be distributed to a new Distribution Point (DP). There were many thousands of packages in the environment...
Detect an SSD Disk Using a Script

Detect an SSD Disk Using a Script

Overview A common request when creating automated desktop builds or custom maintenance tools is the ability detect if the main system drive is an SSD disk or not. This information can be used to configure a system in a particular way. For example, to run (or not run)...
GImageX v2.1.0 Released for Windows 8.1

GImageX v2.1.0 Released for Windows 8.1

GImageX v2.1.0 has been released. GImageX is a graphical user interface for the ImageX tool from the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK). ImageX is used to capture and apply WIM images for Windows deployments. GImageX uses the supported Microsoft...
Configuring an AirPort Extreme for NAT Only Mode

Configuring an AirPort Extreme for NAT Only Mode

Overview This post will show how you can use an configure an AirPort Extreme for NAT only mode so that you can allow an additional DHCP server on your network to handle IP address allocation. The instructions are for the AirPort Extreme in the Time Capsule, but I...
Website Server Rebuild Diary

Website Server Rebuild Diary

Overview Not a usual scripting or deployment post this time – this is a website server rebuild diary. I wanted to make a quick post to document a server rebuild and to log the sort of work that goes into maintaining this and the www.autoitscript.com site. Even...
Using Custom XML and Config Files with USMT and ConfigMgr

Using Custom XML and Config Files with USMT and ConfigMgr

Overview Using USMT In System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr)  when performing an Operating System Deployment (OSD) can be a bit of a chore. The built in Task Sequence actions available for capturing and restoring user state only allow you to perform a...
Create a USMT Package in ConfigMgr

Create a USMT Package in ConfigMgr

Overview In System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr)  when performing an Operating System Deployment (OSD) there is usually some form of user data and settings migration. This is often performed using the Microsoft User State Migration Toolkit (USMT)....
Create a Windows 7 BitLocker Partition in ConfigMgr

Create a Windows 7 BitLocker Partition in ConfigMgr

Overview In System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr)  something I’ve done a few times is to create a BitLocker partition for Windows 7 during an Operating System Deployment (OSD) Task Sequence. I’ve seen the method used here a few times...
ConfigMgr 2012 SQL Database Collation

ConfigMgr 2012 SQL Database Collation

Overview I just tried to update my ‘default’ installation of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2012 RC1 to RC2. I got a failure at the pre-req check stage stating that my SQL 2008 R2 database was using the wrong collation type and that...
MDT and ConfigMgr Build Drivers for Windows 7

MDT and ConfigMgr Build Drivers for Windows 7

Overview When doing Windows 7 builds in either MDT 2010 or ConfigMgr 2007 you have to download and install a selection of drivers that are to be installed in your images. Some drivers are used for the WinPE boot image so that the boot image can access the local...
Setting a UK Keyboard in ConfigMgr 2007 OSD

Setting a UK Keyboard in ConfigMgr 2007 OSD

Overview In the UK, we actually get the US version of Windows 7 and Office 2010, so whenever I do any build engineering in either MDT or ConfigMgr one of the first things I need to customize are the regional settings. In particular the keyboard layout and location....
ConfigMgr 2007 OSD Folder Structure

ConfigMgr 2007 OSD Folder Structure

Overview When configuring ConfigMgr 2007 Operating System Deployment (OSD) there are an endless number of applications, operating system images, operating system install files, drivers, source files, package files, temp files. Everytime I set it up I end up with a...
Get Selected Microsoft TechNet Library Content Offline

Get Selected Microsoft TechNet Library Content Offline

Overview No-one can ever know everything they need to know about Microsoft products and techies will freely admit that they spend half their time checking resources such as Microsoft TechNet while working on a problem or design. Sometimes I need to go on to a site...
App-V Recipe: AutoIt v3

App-V Recipe: AutoIt v3

Overview This blog post will show you how to sequence AutoIt using App-V 4.6 SP1 (the latest version at the time of writing). Now, AutoIt is probably the easiest application to sequence in the world and doesn’t really need a blog post describing how to do it....
Windows 7 Aero Theme Not Enabled After Deployment

Windows 7 Aero Theme Not Enabled After Deployment

Overview An issue I saw a number of times at customers was that the Windows 7 Aero theme was not enabled after deployment. I saw this numerous times in early workshops and pilots for customers and completely forgot about it until I saw the question asked again a few...
Page 1 of 212

Pin It on Pinterest