• 1) I have not tried renaming the folders the assemblies are copied to. I assumed the Active Directory PS module searched for the required assemblies in a specific location, which is why I pushed the folder down with exact names.

    2) You can change the logon background -- either through group policy or the Windows registry. Note the group policy option will work with Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, only. Support for Windows 10 Pro has been deprecated (I believe) as of the Windows 10 Build 1511 ADMX update.

    3) That is something to take into consideration, for sure. Synchronous scripts have never given me any problems just because I use a master logon script that maps network drives and then performs any actions that require usage of those drives.

  • In this guide, I am going to show you how to put a workstation out of service remotely using Active Directory and PowerShell.

  • Having applications update on their own without any testing our quality control goes against best practices. I've seen Microsoft push out automatic updates that cause serious issues with their products and services. I do not want to take the chance of that happening on a web browser popular with end-users such as Mozilla Firefox. It's just not my cup of tea.

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  • In this guide, I am going to demonstrate how to use System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to deploy, update, and lock down the BIOS on HP systems using the HP BIOS Configuration Utility.

  • In my experience, Windows 10 Build 1703 seems to have some issues with sysprep and the copyprofile function. This causes the start menu to become unstable and internet explorer to stop working. Hopefully Microsoft will fix this with the upcoming Creator's Update!

  • Thanks for the suggestion, David!

  • The Orca MSI Editor, which is part of the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7, allows you to edit an MSI file to change various settings and disable features.

  • Hi Anthony-- could you tell me which model this would be applicable to? I might have it in my inventory and could test some queries to try and get the task sequence to correctly distribute BIOS updates.

  • Check the %USERNAME%AppData folder and make sure the folder "Local" is not present. Also, what version of Windows are you using? I am aware Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB had roaming man. profile issues and these were some of them.

  • So when a user signs in for the first time, a new profile is going to be generated for them. If you want to have that customized profile used each time the user signs in without being regenerated, you are going to want to follow this guide up to the point where you Sysprep the machine. At this point, enter the following command:

    C:WindowsSystem32SysprepSysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown /Unattend:C:WindowsSystem32SysprepCopyProfile.xml

    You are then going to want to capture this image as it will contain your customized profile. Also, make sure you apply any desktop and application configurations in the profile itself or through group policy. You will not be able to go and make changes to the profile without re-capturing the image.

  • I'm a little confused with this one. Do you want to create a customized profile that is used by all users who logon to the machine? Or do you want to create a customized profile that is used by all users, but has only been checked-out by one (generic) user account which is shared by all users?

  • Hi Curtis-- thanks for the tips!

  • You can actually do that! You would have to deploy two scheduled tasks via group policy whereas each task runs a variant of the script I wrote upon being triggered by either a workstation lock or unlock. The trigger option for workstation lock and unlock is available scheduled tasks (at least Windows 7).

  • From what I gathered from the screen grabs you provided, it seems the TS is failing not on the actual BIOS lockdown phase of the task sequence, but the Flash BIOS step. Make sure that the package referenced in that step points to the Dell OptiPlex-9020-All Revisions package. The 80070002 error means that ConfigMgr can't find one or more of the referenced files. Also, ensure that the folder C:Temp exists on the HD of the machine you are running the task sequence on, so the application actually has a folder to write to.

  • Since this is the ESR (Extended Service Release) of Firefox, I update it once a year when I build my workstation image, unless there is a major bug or security problem. In that case, I add an uninstall function to my application and deploy it as an uninstall request.

  • Perhaps WKSUsage? LogOnLogOffLog seems like a bit of a tongue twister. But thanks for the suggestions!

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  • Hi Stead-- I actually never thought about it that way! I suppose you could do that but what would you call the table then? I can't think of a clever/logical name but if you can I encourage you to post it.

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