Automatically organising hosts by subnet using SCCM 2012

If you want to organise your machines according to subnet (for instance you have a different subnet for each location) then you can set the following membership query rule. If you set it as an incremental rule, it will automatically add and remove hosts as they are added and removed from the subnet. select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.IPSubnets = “192.168.1.0” Replace 192.168.1.0 with the network ID that you want to use for the collection.

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Creating a package to install Microsoft Office 2010 x86

This post is the first in a series of posts explaining which settings I used to create certain packages and applications within SCCM 2012. I hope you find it useful. First things first, you will need to create an installations settings package. This is done by opening a command prompt from within your Office source folder. An easy way to do this is by navigating to the folder and holding down shift and right clicking in a clear area of the folder. You can then choose “open a command prompt here”. Once the command is open, type the following command: setup.exe /admin You can set whichever settings you like here, […]

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Configure the default keyboard layout during login

This article is a recreation of an original post by John Savill which can be found at http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/configuration/how-do-i-configure-the-default-keyboard-layout-during-login–14867. You can change the keyboard layout using the keyboard control panel applet (start – settings – control panel – keyboard – Input Locales) however this does not affect the layout used during logon (which is by default English (United States). Make sure you select a country code that has been installed via the control panel or your system will not boot. To change this perform the following: Start the registry editor  (regedit.exe) Move to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload Double click on 1 and change the number to your local layout (you could get this […]

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Add Windows Server 2012 GUI to a Core Installation

Whilst playing with deploying Server 2012 via SCCM I discovered that the default installation mode is a core installation. This is all well and good, but as the files to install the GUI features are not included in the core installation, you’ll need to work around the problem using DISM. You will first need to create a folder to mount a Windows Imaging File (WIM) into. The command for this is: mkdir c:\mountdir You will need to find out the index number of the type if installation you want to use. The command is as follows: Dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:<drive>:sources\install.wim <drive> is the optical drive the DVD is in. If you are […]

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Pop-up asking for a phonebook entry – SonicWall VPN Client

Whilst trying to connect to a SonicWall VPN recently, I came across the below prompt, which wouldn’t allow me on to the VPN:                 Thankfully the solution was fairly simple: Open the Sonic Wall VPN Client. Choose the VPN you are trying to connect to and then properties. Navigate to the peers tab and choose edit. At the bottom of the below pop up, change Interface Selection to “LAN Only”.                               Once you restart the VPN Client, you will be able to connect without issue.

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A workaround for getting the Exchange Management Console to work on Windows 8

Exchange 2010 out of the box is not supported on Windows 8. In order to get it to work you must first install .Net 3.5. This doesn’t always work using the add feature section so you can do an offline add from the Windows 8 DVD. Put the following in at a command prompt: Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:DVDLOCATION:\sources\SxS /LimitAccess   *Replace DVDLOCATION in the above command with the path to the windows 8 DVD. Once you have got that installed, you need to make a batch file and save it to your desktop as follows:   set __COMPAT_LAYER=RUNASINVOKER set COMPLUS_Version=v2.0.50727 “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin\Exchange Management Console.msc” exit     You can […]

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How to make your Windows 7 with Office 2010 desktop more accessible

Setting custom text size Adjusting fonts in Outlook Using the accessibility functions of Internet Explorer Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts Magnifier Magnifier keyboard shortcuts High contrast Setting custom text size   One of the first things that people tend to do when trying to make their desktop accessible is to change their desktop resolution using the classic control panel > display menu. This is not ideal, in fact, for a lot of applications, it’s about the worst place to start. Programs will not display properly and any applications that have been designed with large window sizes will hang halfway off the screen. A much more suitable way of doing this […]

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View a list of newly received e-mails

The New Mail Desktop Alert only shows for the last e-mail received so when you’ve received multiple new e-mails across folders it still might be a bit hard to immediately locate them. This has actually always been the case with any version of Outlook. Outlook 2003 has a new action rule for this; display a specific message in the New Item Alert window. As an example we are again going to create a generic rule with no conditions and just the action to display the New Item Alert window. You can of course set conditions and exceptions as desired and note that, since Outlook 2003 SP1, rules get executed after […]

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Creating a New Mail desktop alert.

By default the new New Mail Desktop Alert will only show when the mail is delivered to the Inbox. This means that when you have a rule configured to move your mail to a different folder the Notification won’t show. To workaround this you can add the action “display a Desktop Alert” to each and every rule. Besides the fact that it is very tiresome, the real downside of this is that when you are in an Exchange organization the rule will become a local rule so that it will only execute when Outlook is running. This means that when you have added extra actions to the rule, like forwarding […]

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Setting a default user logon picture

As the person who is responsible for building deployment images, you may decide that you want to force the users to have a default user logon picture for the Welcome screen, both on their local desktop and on Remote Desktop Services. There is a Group Policy setting in Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows 7 that allows you to do this. 1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER 2. Go to the following branch: Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Control Panel | User Accounts 3. Double-click Apply the default user logon picture to all users 4. Set it to Enabled 5. Exit the Group Policy Editor. This policy setting […]

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