• 18Jun

    1) Download the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17718

    – Copy this file to your SCCM server repository location.  Ex: \\SCCM\Source\dotNet4

    2) In the SCCM 2012 Console under Software Library > Application Management > Packages

    – Right Click Packages and “Create Package” > Name your package and point it to your repository \\SCCM\Source\dotNet4

    3) Select “Standard Program” > Give the program a name “Install” > Browse and select the “dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe”

    – Under Command Line type: “dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe /q /norestart /ChainingPackage ADMINDEPLOYMENT”

    Set the program to run “Whether or not a user is logged on”

    4) Hit okay and add this package to your Task Sequence.

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  • 25Jun

    When you install any Autodesk product they automatically allow the CIP popup to occur on a fresh install.  If you are running a multi-user environment this could be very annoying.  Luckily you can disable this very easily.  Just modify the following registry key and CIP will be disabled.

    1. Start > Run > regedit
    2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\MC3
      • Change the following DWORD values:
        • MC3Enabled: 0

    You are now all set!  This will affect all users and disable the CIP from starting with all the Autodesk products.  If you are running Group Policy I highly recommend pushing this tweak out to all your machines.

    – Harry Caskey

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  • 25Jun

     

    By default Windows only allows you to run sysprep on an image 3 times.  Then Microsoft’s solution is to re-install and start a new image.  Well what happens if you need to update your image or make a change without having to go through the hassle of making your image exactly what you want?  Follow these steps:

    1. Start > Run > regedit
    2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus
      • Set the following DWORD values:
        • CleanupState: 0x00000002 (2)
        • GeneralizationState: 0x00000007 (7)
    3. Start > Run > msdtc -uninstall
    4. Start > Run > msdtc -install
    5. Restart your machine.

    You should now be able to run sysprep! W00t!

    – Harry Caskey

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  • 11Aug

    The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -50).

    If you get this error, it’s not because your file names are too long, or you have funny characters in the file names that don’t play well with the intended destination server.  This issue comes from Apple’s OS X file extended attributes for each mac file there are at least 1 hidden file.  These are resource forks and if they are courrupt or have specific permissions set it can cause problems.  If you are looking at the affected files on a PC you will notice a bunch of hidden files with a prefix of “._ “.  NTFS Streams is the best option to have enabled for your mac if you are sharing files with other file system servers or computers.  This will also keep the system clean of unnecessary files.

    To fix this problem you must first enable the root user account.  To do this Open Directory Services found usually in Applications > Utilities, in OS X 10.6 you have to open System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options > under “Network Account Server” Click on “Join”, then you will see the option for “Open Directory Utility”.  When you are finally there you must “unlock” to make changes then at the top menu bar click “Edit” > Enable Root User Account.  I highly recommend making a complex password; this is very important for security purposes.  For a complex password I recommend using http://www.randompassword.com.  After creating this you must open up the Terminal Command Line Utility found under Applications > Utilities then do the following commands.

    1)       su root
    2)      [use the root password you just created]
    3)      cd /etc
    4)      touch nsmb.conf
    5)      emacs nsmb.conf
    6)      [Copy and Paste the following]
    #######
    [default]
    streams=no
    #######
    7)      Control+X > Control+S > Control+X > Control+C
    8)      Exit Terminal and Reboot the Computer.

    When you’ve completed this and the computer starts back up it will refresh the networks settings and find this file and force NTSF streams when connecting to other servers.

    – Harry Caskey

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  • 17Nov

    The Open Command Execution within the registry can sometimes be changed or altered when a client has multiple web browsers installed on their machine.  This can cause applications that have default values to not work properly, such as outlook or excel not opening a web browser when you click on a link.  To fix this issue reset Internet Explorer to the default browser of the machine.
    To do this open Internet Explorer and go to Tools > Internet Options > Programs (Tab) > and select “Make default” under “Default web browser”.

    – Harry Caskey

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