Automate BIOS configuration for HP clients

Today the following options exist to automate BIOS configuration for HP clients:The Client Management Interface allows you to use WSH to retrieve and set BIOS settings like in the example below which changes the Ownership Tag. Const wbemFlagReturnImmediately = 16 Const wbemFlagForwardOnly = 32 lFlags = wbemFlagReturnImmediately + wbemFlagForwardOnly strService = “winmgmts:{impersonationlevel=impersonate}//” strComputer = “.” strNamespace = “/root/HP/InstrumentedBIOS” strQuery = “select * from HP_BIOSSettingInterface” Set objWMIService = GetObject(strService & _ strComputer & strNamespace) Set colItems Read More …

Automating regional settings configuration

For Windows XP, regional settings can be applied by using the following method: Create an answer file that contains the [RegionalSettings] section items you want to modify, and then save it (for example, as c:\regopts.txt). Create a batch file by using the following command line to apply the answer file settings:rundll32.exe shell32,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,/f:”c:\regopts.txt” The layout of the RegionalSettings file is as following: [RegionalSettings] Language = locale ID LanguageGroup = language group ID, language group ID Read More …

Yet another source of whitepapers

Although I do frequently visit the MyITforum.com site, i never paid much attention to the download content, but unfortunately found some interesting whitepapers and references there.http://myitforum.com/cs2/files/

A GUI for Windows Server Core

When i first read about Windows Server core, let’s say at some time in 2006, I immediately thought of the days managing Novell 3.11 systems, although there were a couple of NLMs (loadable modules) that provided a kind of GUI interface, most system configuration commands were typed at the console prompt. The command i will never forget is “get reply to get nearest server off” 🙂 this to prevent clients logging on to the wrong Read More …

Get meshed

Already heard of Microsoft’s new service called Live Mesh ? If not, have a look here: http://www.on10.net/blogs/nic/Hands-on-with-Live-Mesh/ You can sign-up for Live Mesh here: https://www.mesh.com/Welcome/Welcome.aspx, but there appears to be a long waiting list, i registered a couple of weeks ago, but still get the following message….. I am really looking forward for this service, as, if it does what they promise, it will definitely make life a bit easier for those that work on Read More …

Grow vmware size

Today i ran out of diskspace on one of my systems that runs within a vmware session. The system disk only had 10 GB and I needed to add another 10 GB. This is what i did: Extend the disk in offline mode by running the following command: C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation>vmware-vdiskmanager -x 20GB “C:\Users\Alex\Documents\Virtual Machines\Server 2003 – sysmanage\Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition-cl1.vmdk” It then takes a while until the disk is expanded. Boot the system Read More …

Growing WIM files

You might have experienced that your WIM files seem to grow in size when editing the image. Of course it does, because you add content, but what if you replace files.. well it still grows, exactly by the size of the file(s) you replace. So when replacing larger content within your WIM images they might become bigger as you want.To get the WIM file resized simply perform an export by using imagex.exe.