Java 8 Update 74 MSI Installers and Offline Installers

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We have now uploaded to our Java micro site, the MSI installers and Offline Installers for the latest Java version release.

The versions that have been added are:

  • Java 8 Update 74 x86
  • Java 8 Update 74 x64

You can go and download these new installers by click the Download button below:

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Java 8 Update 74

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Please be aware that it seems that the MSI extraction does not always work with the newer versions of Java, so please see the guide below which shows you how to setup a silent install using the standard offline installer:

How to Use the Offline Installer

There is also a way of editing the MSI installer so that it will work, you can find that guide using the link above as well.

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WSUS – Server Clean Up Using Powershell

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If you use WSUS then you will be familiar with running Server Cleanup Wizard which is fine but what if you want to use Powershell? well, you can also use that to run the server cleanup on all your WSUS servers.

By using Powershell you have the option to then automate its running using basic windows task scheduler or something a bit more advanced like Orchestrator Runbooks or build it all in to Service Manager.

So, all you need to do is to take the below Powershell script, save it as a .PS1 file and then run as admin on your WSUS server.

$outFilePath = '.wsuscleanup.txt' [reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration") | out-null   
$wsus = [Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration.AdminProxy]::GetUpdateServer();   
$cleanupScope = new-object Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration.CleanupScope;   
$cleanupScope.DeclineSupersededUpdates = $true      
$cleanupScope.DeclineExpiredUpdates     = $true   
$cleanupScope.CleanupObsoleteUpdates   = $true   
$cleanupScope.CompressUpdates         = $true   
$cleanupScope.CleanupObsoleteComputers = $true   
$cleanupScope.CleanupUnneededContentFiles = $true   
$cleanupManager = $wsus.GetCleanupManager();   
$cleanupManager.PerformCleanup($cleanupScope) | Out-File -FilePath $outFilePath 

If you wish to just download the Powershell script then you can do so from here.

It may take time to complete on your server if you have a lot of cleaning up to do so give it time. The script will create a text file in the same location you ran the script from with the completed values for what it has achieved.

Once complete, check your disk space and you should notice a big change in your free space and your updates will be a lot tidier!

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Schedule Windows Shutdown using a Command Prompt

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If you ever find that you need to schedule a Windows shutdown using a command prompt, then you can try this:

shutdown -s -t 60

The “60” variable in the command means 60 seconds and you can change this to whatever you require.

If you want to abort the shutdown, you can use this command:

shutdown /a

If you want to remotely shutdown a machine on your network, you can use this command:

shutdown /i

For a full list of all the commands you can use, run this command:

shutdown /?

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SCCM – Add Local User to Administrators Group During OSD

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You may have seen our previous post about adding a local user to a machine during SCCM OSD using a “Run Command Line”. Well in this guide we will show you how to add a local user into the Administrators Group on the local machine. This means that you can add a local user and then make them a local administrator all within the SCCM OSD task sequence.

Instructions

You will need to add a “Run Command Line” step towards the end of your task sequence ensuring it is after the Windows deployment and the ConfigMgr Client installation.

Then, you should use the following command:

cmd.exe /c net localgroup "Administrators" "LocalAdmin" /add

The details for what each part of this command line mean are below:

  • cmd.exe /c – required to run a successful command
  • net localgroup – command line to make amendments to local groups
  • “Administrators” – the name of the local administrators group
  • “LocalAdmin” – the name of your local user account
  • /add – to add the stated user to the stated localgroup

When you have finished, your step should look something like this:

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Now, when you run through your task sequence, this will run the command line and add your stated user to the local administrators group.

If you want to run this with also creating a new local user, ensure that you have this step after the create local user step or it will fail.

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SCCM – Add Local User During OSD

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If you want to add a local machine user to your deployed machine during your SCCM OSD process then you can do this using a standard “Run Command Line” step.

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So, you need to add a “Run Command Line” step in your task sequence towards the end, after the Windows deployment and after the ConfigMgr Client install. You should then give it a meaningful name and use the following command line:

cmd.exe /c net user LocalAdmin Pa55w0rd# /add /comment:"Local Admin Account" /expires:never /fullname:"Local Admin Account"

Each of these parts are detailed below and can be changed to your own requirements:

  • cmd.exe /c – required to run a successful command
  • net user – run the “net user” command
  • LocalAdmin – name of the local admin account you want to create
  • Pa55w0rd# – the password of the local admin account you want to create
  • /add – to add the user
  • /comment:”Local Admin Account” – this is the description of the local account
  • /expires:never – means the account will never expire (note account NOT password will never expire)
  • /fullname:”Local Admin Account” – full name details for the local account

When you have completed this, you should have something that looks a little like this:

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Now when the task sequence runs through it will run this command and add the local user. Note that this will add the user add a “Standard” user, if you want to then make this user (or any other local user) as a local administrator then take a look at our guide for this here.

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Mozilla Firefox v44.0.1 MSI Installer

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If you would like to distribute Mozilla Firefox using Group Policy, WDS or SCCM, then you will probably appreciate having the MSI installer to do this. Luckily there is a site that provides the MSI installers for Mozilla Firefox called FrontMotion.

There is an archive of available MSI installers but the latest one available is now v44.0.1.

You can get to their MSI download page using the button below:

Download Mozilla Firefox MSI Installers

You can use the following command to run the MSI installer silently:

msiexec.exe /i “firefoxinstaller.msi” /qb /norestart

This will install the program silently and ensure that the machine does not automatically restart.

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Adobe Reader DC version 1501020059 Released

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Adobe have now released their Adobe Reader DC version 1501020059.

You can download the MSP files for the update directly from Adobes FTP site by clicking the link below:

DOWNLOAD

Download Adobe Reader DC v1501020059

HOW TO USE THE MSP FILE

You need to download the original MSI installer which is also available from our Adobe archive and then use the following command to add the upgrade MSP:

msiexec /a “pathAdbeRdr1000_lang_ID.msi” /p AdbeRdrUpd1010_en_US.msp

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Google Chrome MSI Installer – v48.0.2564.116

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Google have now released a new version of their Chrome browser, version 48.0.2564.116.

If you are looking at deploying Google Chrome using systems like Configuration Manager, WDS, SCUP or Group Policy, you will want to use their MSI installer to make it much easier.

You can now download the Google Chrome MSI installer direct from Google using the link below.

DOWNLOAD

Download Google Chrome MSI

INSTRUCTIONS

If you are pushing this out, you will want to use the Silent Installer switches, so this is the command line that you should use for this:

msiexec.exe /i “GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi” /q /norestart

This means it will install quietly (using the /q switch) and will not reboot automatically (using the /norestart) switch.

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YouTube – How to clear your search and viewing history

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We recently had a request from someone wanting to know how to clear both their search and viewing history from YouTube.

For whatever reason this can be handy to do this especially if you use YouTube at work – you don’t want your colleagues seeing the dodgy stuff you view on a weekend!!

Instructions

We have created a quick video guide below but also the full written guide with screenshots below that:

Go to https://www.youtube.com and this should take you to your YouTube homepage. Ensure that you login to your YouTube account.

Then, on the left hand side towards the top, you should see a little three line icon:

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Click this to bring up your YouTube menu. In this menu, you should see a “History” option. Go ahead and click this:

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You will then see your “Watch History” and this is the default open tab, underneath there you will see a “Clear all watch history” button:

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To clear your watch history, just click the button and watch it disappear!

If you want to go ahead and clear your search history, then click on the “Search History” tab and click the “Clear all search history” button:

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This will now have cleared all your search history on YouTube.

Download from YouTube

Want to free download YouTube videos to iPhone, iPad & iPod and enjoy them offline? Use this user-friendly YouTube Video Downloader to make it now.

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VMWare ESX Serial Number Activation

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If you have set up VMWare ESX you will find that it defaults to the evaluation version giving you 60 days unlimited use. But, how to do you apply your serial number? We have created a quick video below to help you with this easy process:

When using this in a lab environment, you could use the stripped back version of VMWare ESX with unlimited usage using the serial number below (as detailed in the video):

MN09P-4239L-18G40-0L1UP-CRH04

If you need to use the many features VMWare has to offer, then you would need to purchase a correct licence and enter that instead.

Version 6.0

If you are looking for a key for version 6.0, click here.

Version 6.5

If you are looking for a key for version 6.5, click here.

Version 6.7

If you are looking for a key for version 6.7, click here.

Version 7.0

If you are looking for a key for version 7.0, click here.

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SCCM – Set Time Zone During OSD

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If you are using SCCM for your operating system deployments across different countries, then you may want to set the time zone within the task sequence.

To do this, you can take advantage of the built in Windows tool call tzutil.exe.

In this example we will set the time zone for a computer deployment based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands which is Western European Standard Time (GMT +1).

Towards the end of your task sequence and after the Apply Image and Install ConfigMgr Client steps, add a Run Command Line step. Then give it a descriptive name. Add the following code for the command line:

cmd.exe /c tzutil.exe /s “W. Europe Standard Time”

You will also need to set the Start In as C:WindowsSystem32

So, when you have completed the step, it should look like this:

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If you want to use a different time zone, you can see the full list (and correct command to use) by typing the following command in a command box on any Windows machine:

tzutil.exe /l

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System Center Updates Publisher Signing Certificate Step-by-Step Guide

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If you are using WSUS in your environment then you should consider also using System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) to inject 3rd party updates. You can use SCUP to inject any updates by creating them but also built into the utility are updates for Adobe, HP and Dell. This is great for pushing out updates for programs like Flash Player and Adobe Reader. If you search our blog, you will also find step by step guides to using SCUP for programs like Java.

However, if you are going to use SCUP, then you should also consider setting it up using SSL. To do this, there is an excellent step by step guide available on TechNet here:

SCUP SSL Setup Guide

Using this guide, you can get your SSL setup for SCUP and start pushing out any 3rd party updates you want!