DWG TrueView 2015 Released – ConfigMgr Deployment & Unattended Install

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DWG TrueView 2015 has now been released and we have already been asked by a number of people about how to deploy this using Configuration Manager Software Catalog. The solution is very simple and the process that you should follow is exactly the same as the process that we have detailed for the 2014 version … Read more

Get WMI Query v1.6 Released

Get WMI Query

We are pleased to announce the release of Get WMI Query v1.6.

This is an update from our previous 1.4 version and we have now slightly redesigned the program to fit in with our new program templates, but we have also re-coded the programs back end to make it slicker (and easier to update in the future!).

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Update Notes

  • New layout and design
  • Fixed bug with extra line being added to the WMI query output
  • Menu bar added
  • Status bar added
  • Donate added to menu bar
  • BIOS Version option added
  • Domain option added
  • Hard Drive Size option added
  • RAM option added
  • System Type (x86 or x64) option added
  • x64 & x86 Compatibility 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. Using this new update, you can also use the WMI queries that are outputted for all steps in your task sequence like Windows Updates or software installations.

This program can be run on a machine where you require to retrieve the exact details from the WMI. 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 can select an option 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.

Future Releases

We are working on enhancing this program by adding a remote function. The plan is that you will be able to enter a computer name and gather the WMI information from any machine on your network.

We’ll also be adding more WMI options to the drop down – if you would like to suggest any to add, please let us know and we’ll add it to the next release.

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Adobe Reader 11 MSI & Update 11.0.06 MSP Downloads

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Adobe have now released update 11.0.06 for their Adobe Reader XI software. This is available to push out as a windows update using System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) and WSUS or Configuration Manager.

However, if you want to download the MSI and MSP for distribution using the Software Catalog, WDS or Group Policy, the links for these files are below:

Downloads

Adobe Reader XI MSI

Adobe Reader 11.0.06 MSP

If you want a different language version to English-US then just use the Parent Directory link on the Adobe FTP site to browse other languages.

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.

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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.

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

Get WMI Query

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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DWG Trueview 2015 – Unattended Command Line Installation

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To install Autodesk DWG Trueview 2015 as a unattended silent install, which you can also use in SCCM to add the application to the software catalog and also in WDS as an application install, you should first download the installation files that you require from the link below:

Download

DWG TrueView 2015 Download Link

Instructions

Once you have downloaded the executable file, you should extract the installation files from it. Then use the command line below from the root of the extracted setup files:

 setup.exe /w /t /l /q setup.ini

You can then also use the command line below for the uninstall string (change x86 for x64 where appropriate):

 msiexec /x "x86/dwgviewr/dwgviewr.msi" /q /norestart

You can then also use the MSI file located here for the detection method (change x86 for x64 where appropriate):

 x86/dwgviewr/dwgviewr.msi

A little tip as well is that the full version of Microsoft Dot Net 4 Framework is required for this install, if you do not have it installed, create this as an application as well and add it as a Dependency and it will install it for you as part of this installation. I’ve added another post on how to add Microsoft Dot Net Framework as an application in SCCM here.

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Blue screen of death (BSOD) after imaging to Windows XP

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Like most businesses, we still have programs that rely on Windows XP to run. So, I built a Windows XP Professional image to push out to our slightly older machines where XP is needed to run these older programs.

Once created, the image on some machines was working fine, but on some (mostly newer older machines if that makes any sense!) on boot up we were getting the dreaded BSOD.

After tweaking the image and messing about with task sequence settings, it turned out the issue was actually BIOS related.

So, if you are running an image to put a machine to Windows XP, especially on Dell machines and you get the BSOD, you might want to check that your BIOS is set to IDE and not AHCI. You should find that if you change it to IDE, it’ll then boot without issue.

Adobe Reader XI software catalog supersedence/automatic update from X to XI

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With the release of Adobe Reader XI, you may want to now make your current Adobe Reader X catalog software be superseded by the new version.

This means that the old version will no longer be available in the catalog but will be replaced with the new version, it also will update anyone who has Adobe Reader X to Adobe Reader XI.

To create the new Adobe Reader XI catalog application with it superseding the old version, I’ve put together a step by step guide below.

First, you need to download the latest version (in your preferred language) of Adobe Reader XI in the MSI format. You can retrieve this file from the link below:

Adobe Reader XI MSI Download Files

Once you have the MSI file, you can create a software catalog application for the new version, but remember to leave your older version as active – do not remove it from your catalog or the supersede will not work.

When you have created your version XI catalog application, right click on the application and go into the Properties. From here, you should see a Supersedence tab, click on this tab.

You can then click on the Add button, then click Browse and locate your older version X application. You can then select from the drop down menu (under New Deployment Type) the new version installer. If you want, you can also tick the Uninstall radio button, but I choose not too as there shouldn’t be much need to do this as it should upgrade ok. Once you have made your changes click OK.

You should then see a box under the Supersedence tab like below:

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You can then click OK and deploy the application to the collections of your choice.

When you then view your software catalog, you should see that version X has gone and been replaced with version XI – users can then select to install this software or it will automatically upgrade to Adobe Reader XI if they already have Adobe Reader X.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.