How to correctly setup Project, Visio and Office as an application in SCCM 2012

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If you have a requirement to add Project, Visio or Office as an application in your SCCM environment so that your users can install it via the Software Catalog, this is a pretty easy thing to do. However, I’ve seen a lot of people recently not fully setting up the application correctly and either leaving the uninstall string blank or just entering

 setup.exe /uninstall  

This will not work!

So, I thought I’d post a guide on how to setup Project, Visio or Office correctly as an application, including how to setup the uninstall string.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Many reasons, the simple one being that if in the future the user wants to remove the product, it can be easily done from the Software Center by clicking the uninstall button. If the users manager in the future decides that they no longer require it, the SCCM Administrator can forcefully push out an uninstall deployment to the machine and the software will be uninstalled in the background. One more – tidiness and correctness, if you are going to do something, do it properly!

INSTRUCTIONS

I’m basing this guide on the understanding that you have an excellent understanding of SCCM and how to create applications. For this demo purposes I’ll be using Project 2010 Standard but the process is the same for other versions and for Visio and Office.

Firstly, you should ensure that you have the installation files ready at your source. If you do not know already, you can run the following command:

 setup.exe /admin  

To enable you to setup a range of various options in the setup, including the installation display mode and product key for the software. Make your changes and then save the file into the Updates folder of your installation source (personally, I name the file install.msp).

Once you are happy that your installation sources files are correct and ready, you can go ahead and create your application.

Go into Software Library > Application Management > Applications then right click and select Create Application. You will then be presented with a Create Application Wizard:

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You should then browse to the following MSI file to start the process:

 <ROOT>:PrjStd.WWPrjStd.msi  

 

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You should then complete the General Information as you require:

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Note that in the Installation program command line, if you have used the setup.exe /admin command to customise your installation, you can just enter setup.exe and nothing else.

This will complete the wizard and you should be presented with a summary page.

You should then right click on the application you have just created and click Properties. In here you can make further customisations to your application, however there are a few more parts that you must amend to make it work correctly.

Click on the Deployment Types tab and then edit the Windows Installer deployment type that was created as part of the previous wizard:

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Again, there are customisation settings that you can change here depending on your own environment.

The first thing you need to do here is to click the Content tab and ensure that you change the Content location to a folder above where it currently is. This is because it will be in the PrjStdWW folder and not the installation source root:

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Then click on the Programs tab.You will notice three things here; the installation program that you set earlier, the autoconfigured Uninstall program and that there is no product code.

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So, you can leave the Installation program as setup.exe as this is correct. However, you should change the Uninstall program and add the Product Code. Lets do the easy part first, adding the product code. Click the Browse button and from the root of your installation source files, go to the following MSI file:

 <ROOT>:PrjStd.WWPrjStd.msi  

Click OK and this will automatically add the Product Code for you.

The Uninstall program is a bit more complicated. The Uninstall program command line that you should enter should be:

 setup.exe /uninstall PrjStd /config PrjStd.WWconfig.xml  

 

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Once you have made this change and your other customisations, you can close this dialog box.

Before you distribute your installation files to your DPs, you need to now edit the config.xml file that you pointed your uninstall program at. Browse to the following file and edit it:

 <ROOT>:PrjStd.WWconfig.xml  

You then need to make sure that this line is in the config.xml file:

 <Display Level="None" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes" />  

So your amended config.xml file looks like this (again you can make other customisations if you wish):

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Save the file and you can then distribute the installation source files to your DP’s.

You then have the option of deploying both the install and uninstall programs to collections of your choice!

To fully test, you can install the program from the Software Catalog and then uninstall either from the Software Center or from a forced deployment from the ConfigMgr Console.

If you have any questions about this guide, please feel free to leave a message below.

ShoreWAVCon v4.4 Released – Shoretel WAV Converter & Media Player Utility

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We are pleased to announce the release of our latest utility – ShoreWAVCon v4.4.

This is a new utility based on our Shoretel Batch WAV Converter that we released a few weeks ago. In this utility you can browse for the WAV file that you wish to convert and we have also added a small media player which will enable you to listen to the WAV file before and after the conversion process.

So what format does Shoretel require to enable it to work correctly?

  • 8kHz
  • 8-bit
  • u-Law
  • Mono
  • 64kbps bit rate

This utility will take care of all of the required formatting.

DOWNLOADS

Download Shoretel WAV Converter

INSTRUCTIONS

ShoreWAVConv v4.2 is a very simple utility to use. There are two parts to the utility, the converter and the media player. You can use the top menu bar if you so wish to use the various functions:

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This will provide you with the same functionality as the buttons, however, for this instructional process, we’ll be showing you how to use the utility using the buttons on the main part of the program.

CONVERTER

To use the converter, you first need to ensure that you have your WAV file ready to import into the utility. You should also note that this is a WAV converter – not a MP3 converter, so the original file must be a WAV file and not encoded as a MP3 file or this process will not work.

Once you have your WAV file ready, click the Open File button under the Converter Menu:

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This will bring up a windows file browser where you can find and select your WAV file:

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You will notice that the status text box has now changed, telling you that the WAV file import has been successful:

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You should now click on the Convert File button under the Converter Menu:
 
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You should now see that the status text box has changed again to inform you that conversion has been successful:
 
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If you browse to the original location of your WAV file, you should see another WAV file ended with _ShoreWAVCon.wav:
 
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This file can now be played using the ShoreWAVCon Media Player to test, or can be imported straight into your Shoretel environment.

MEDIA PLAYER

The ShoreWAVCon Media Player is another very simple tool to use. You have the option of three buttons; Open, Play and Stop – they do exactly what they say.
 
You can click on the Open button to open the file that you wish to play. Click the Play button to play the file that you have just opened and if you click the Stop button, this will stop the file that is currently playing.

BUG REPORTING

If you find any problems with this utility or have any suggestions or comments, please comment below or click the Help button at the top of this website.

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SCCM – Create Stand Alone Media using larger capacity memory sticks

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If you need to create standalone media for any of your task sequences within SCCM, you may find that you have to use a large capacity memory stick.

I have found that when I’ve tried to use a 64GB memory stick or above, the Create Stand Alone Media process always fails. So to get round this, there are two ways; do not use memory sticks larger than 32GB or using diskpart, create primary partition of 32GB.

Instructions

Run CMD as an administrator on a machine with the Configuration Manager Console installed:

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Then type diskpart to enter the DiskPart utility:

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Then type in list disk to list all of your available disks:

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As you can see from the above screenshot, my 64GB (although it says 57GB..) USB stick is disk 7. Once you have identified your USB stick, type in select disk # (# = the disk number, in this case 7):

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Then you want to completely clean this disk, so type in clean (please note that this will completely wipe your memory stick so make sure you want to do this before this step!):

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You then need to create a primary partition on the disk so type in create partition primary:

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Then you need to select the new partition that you have just created, so type in select partition 1

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This partition then needs to be made active so type in active:

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Now that the disk is clean, re-partitioned and active, you need to shrink it down to below the 32GB size that the Configuration Manager Console is happy with. To do this, type in shrink desired=32768 (you can change this slightly depending on your requirements but should be total size below 32GB)

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You now need to format the new, below 32GB partition, so type in format fs=ntfs quick (if you do not type in the command quick, it will take a long time to complete this process):

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Then you need to assign a drive letter to this partition, so type in assign:

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You can then exit the DiskPart program by typing in the exit command.

This will now give you a memory stick with around a 32GB partition ready to have the stand alone media process run on it, you should now find that it will complete successfully.

Internet Explorer 10 Silent Install & Configuration Manager Application Setup

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If you wish to run Internet Explorer 10 as a silent install or to add it to your SCCM Software Catalog, you should use the settings as below.

DOWNLOAD

Download Internet Explorer 10

SILENT INSTALL

For a standard silent install, the command line is:

 IE10-Windows6.1-x64-en-us.exe /quiet /norestart  

CONFIGURATION MANAGER SOFTWARE CATALOG

If you wish to add IE10 to your software catalog as an application, you can use the settings as per below.

Installation Program:

 IE10-Windows6.1-x64-en-us.exe /quiet /norestart  

Uninstall Program:

 IE10-Windows6.1-x64-en-us.exe /uninstall  

Detection Rule:

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You can then distribute and deploy where you require.

Get WMI Query v1.4 Released

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UPDATE: Get WMI Query v1.5 is now available – click the Downloads button to obtain

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We are pleased to announce the release of Get WMI Query v1.4

This is an update to the previous release and now includes a drop down list consisting of Model and Manufacturer. We are working on further releases of this program so if there is anything you would like added, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and we’ll try and add this into our future releases.

DOWNLOAD

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UPDATE NOTES

  • Removed Get Query button
  • Added “Select an Option” drop down menu containing Model and Manufacturer
  • Returned Value added
  • Manufacturer option and WMI query output added
  • About button added

OVERVIEW

This program is designed to help in a SCCM environment where there is a need to provide a multiple set of drivers to a task sequence during an operating system deployment. This may also assist in the same process for those using WDS.

This program can be run on a machine where you require to retrieve the exact details from the WMI under Win32_ComputerSystem. It will then give you the information as selected from the drop down list and also the WMI Query that you would need to add to your SCCM or WDS task sequence.

As an example, below is a step in my task sequence for drivers for a HP Probook 6460b and the WMI query that I use as an option on this step to enable this step to run only on a HP Probook 6460b.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Once you have downloaded Get WMI Query from the links above, you will see that you have the option to select either Model or Manufacturer from the drop down list:

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Once you have made your selection, the program will go and gather the information from the machines WMI and return the data into the Returned Value box and it will then also present you with the correct WMI query that you can use for your task sequence steps:

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All you have to do is copy and copy the WMI Query into your task sequence step.

Should you notice any bugs in this program, or if you have any comments or suggestions for future releases, please leave a comment in the box below.

Windows 8.1 – Download Link and Why can’t I see it in my store?

Microsoft have today released Windows 8.1 however, it may not be quite a easy to get as running Windows Update like the old days!

There are actually pre-reqs to being able to install the Windows 8.1 update and also even being able to see it in your Store.

Firstly, you have to have a compatible operating system, below are the exceptions that will not be able to upgrade from the store:

  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Editions of Windows 8 Pro that are installed by enterprises using KMS activation
  • Editions of Windows 8 that are installed using an MSDN ISO, and activated using multiple activation keys

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If you installed Windows 8 using an MSDN ISO, you might be able to install Windows 8.1 using a similar ISO from MSDN.

Secondly, you need to have the following Windows Update installed on your machine:

KB 2871389

If you have this update and you have a compatible version of Windows 8, then you should just click your store icon and update!

DOWNLOAD

Direct Link to Windows 8.1 Store Download

Silent Install for PDF-XChange Pro

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If you are using PDF-XChange Pro and you wish to run a silent installation or add it as an application for your Software Catalog in SCCM, you can use the settings as below:

SILENT INSTALL

For a standard silent install, the command line is:

PDFX3.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /Key:”xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx” /UserName:”techygeekshome” /Organization:”techygeekshome” /UserEmail:”techygeeks@outlook.com”

All you have to do is put in your own serial number replacing the “x”‘s after /Key:” and also enter your own UserName, Organization and UserEmail details.

CONFIGURATION MANAGER SOFTWARE CATALOG

If you wish to add PDFX-Change Pro to your software catalog as an application, you can use the settings as per below.

Installation Program:

PDFX3.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /Key:”xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx” /UserName:”techygeekshome” /Organization:”techygeekshome” /UserEmail:”techygeeks@outlook.com”

Uninstall Program:

PDFX3.exe /uninstall

Detection Rule:

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You can then distribute and deploy where you require.

Get WMI Query v1.3 Released

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UPDATE: Get WMI Query v1.6 is now available – click the Downloads above to grab it now

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We are pleased to announce the release of Get WMI Query v1.3.

This program is designed to help in a SCCM environment where there is a need to provide a multiple set of drivers to a task sequence during an operating system deployment. This may also assist in the same process for those using WDS.

This program can be run on a machine where you require to retrieve the exact model from the WMI under Win32_ComputerSystem. It will then give you the model and also the WMI Query that you would need to add to your SCCM or WDS task sequence.

As an example, below is a step in my task sequence for drivers for a HP Probook 6460b and the WMI query that I use as an option on this step to enable this step to run only on a HP Probook 6460b.

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By running the Get WMI Query program and pressing the Get WMI Query button, it will return this information for you and you can simply copy and paste it into your own driver steps.

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Clear the WinSXS folder on Windows 7 SP1 FINALLY!!

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If you have been frustrated like many other IT professionals at the ever growing size of the WinSXS folder and having absolutely no choice but to not touch it, then you will be delighted to know that Microsoft have finally released an update that allows you to clear this folder and free up huge amounts of space on a local disk.

My personal machine currently has 17,553 items and 10.3GB of used space in the WinSXS folder and although I have a big enough disk, I’d still like my space back! So, I installed this new update and it works a treat and is very simple to use.

So, I thought I’d share this information with my visitors and also give a brief overview of the process. Firstly, you’ll want the links to actually download the updates from Microsoft:

Downloads

Microsoft Article 2852386

Download for Windows 7 SP1 x86 Machines

Download for Windows 7 SP1 x64 Machines

Be aware that this is also available through Windows Updates so you may want to keep an eye out for it.

Once you have the update installed, if you go into Computer and right click on your disk and select Properties, you’ll be greeted with this familiar sight:

Windows Disk Space

If you now click the Disk Cleanup button, you may see something not so familiar…

Windows Update Cleanup

You now have the option to do a Windows Update Cleanup and it will also tell you the amount of space that you can save by doing this. On my machine, this is approximately 10% of the total size of the WinSXS folder. So, tick the box and click OK to start the process:

Disk Cleanup

Something that you should note though, when you reboot, it may take a while as it goes through a whole clean up process, so if you are in a rush, don’t run this just yet!

Once your reboot is complete, you should find you have freed up the space stated!

CM2012 Console MDT Integration Error Fix

If you have MDT integrated in your Configuration Manager 2012 environment, then you will notice that when you use a console on your CM server everything works fine. However, if you have a console installed on a client machine, then you may see this error when trying to view or edit a MDT task sequence step:

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This is because the client machine does not have the Microsoft.BDD.CM2012Actions.dll file on it, so this file needs to be copied to the machine into the correct location. To make this as quick and easy for you, we have created a fix that will install this file into the correct location and you should then be able to view and edit MDT integration task sequence steps on a client machine rather than on a server. We have made this fix into an MSI file so it can be easily added to the SCCM Software Catalog too.

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CM2012 Console Create Report Fix

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If you have Configuration Manager 2012 and you are using SQL Reporting, you may want to create some custom reports. In your Configuration Manager 2012 Console, you can browse to Monitoring, then into the Reporting module. This will display all the reports that are currently available to you. If you want to create a custom report, you can click on the Create Report button on the ribbon:
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However, you may find that when you do this, you get the following error pop up:

The Report Builder click once application does not exist on the report server “your-report-server”. Ensure that the report builder application manifest exist on the server and try again

The reason for this is that there is a registry key that needs to be updated to version 3 as when the CM2012 console is installed, it puts in the version 2 key and the report builder will not work.

To make this fix as simple as possible, we have created an MSI installer that will make the changes required and then allow you to create custom reports from the CM2012 Console. As it is an MSI file, you can also add it to your Software Catalog to distribute to other should this be required.

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