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How-To : Automate application mapping using SCCM 2012 Powershell

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During mass reainstallation/redeployment/migration of large number of PCs, always question about applications is raised.

How to deploy/deliver applications once all machines are resintalled?

If you have SCCM in the infrastructure, this might help a lot with automation. All you need is mapping between computer name and applications (to be more specific collection ids) and PowerShell console on SCCM server.

Then you just need to prepare input files for the script below and you can automate application deployment on mass scale.

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Apps : Cisco7PCF for Windows

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Just released small app for Windows platform. This app allows to decrypt type 7 password from Cisco devices as well as passwords from Cisco VPN profiles (PCF files).

Password which can be recovered using this app:

  • wireless keys fro Cisco access points,
  • RADIUS/TACACS shared secrets
  • NTP authentication keys
  • Enable passwords (NOT enable secrets, which are stored using MD5)
  • enc_GroupPwd – VPN group password from PCF file
  • enc_UserPassword – VPN user password from PCF file

Application also allows to store password and/or send tchem via email after decryption.

You can find app in Windows Store:

Cisco Password Decryptor

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Tips & Tricks : Missing SQL Server assmeblies in PowerShell

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When you try to connect to SQL Server from PowerShell script and you get following message:


Unable to find type [Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server]

then you have to download and install following components:

  • Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Shared Management Objects
  • Microsoft Windows PowerShell Extensions for SQL Server 2008 R2

From here.

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Cheat Sheet : SCCM Client Versions

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Handy information during pre-deployment checks/validations.

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Beta 2 5.00.7561.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC1 5.00.7678.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC2 5.00.7703.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RTM 5.00.7711.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager CU1 5.00.7711.0200
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager CU2 5.00.7711.0301
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta 5.00.7561.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 5.00.7804.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU1 5.00.7804.1202
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU2 5.00.7804.1300
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU3 5.00.7804.1400
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU4 5.00.7804.1500
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 5.00.7958.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2   Hotfix: KB 2905002 5.00.7958.1101
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 CU1 5.00.7958.1203
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 4.00.5931.0000
System Center Configuration Manager2007 SP1 4.00.6221.1000
System Center Configuration Manager2007 SP1 (KB) 4.00.6221.1193
System Center Configuration Manager2007 R2 4.00.6221.1193
System Center Configuration Manager2007 SP2 4.00.6487.2000
System Center Configuration Manager2007 SP2 (KB) 4.00.6487.2111
System Center Configuration Manager2007 R3 4.00.6487.2157
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Tips & Tricks : Hyperlinks are not working in Outlook

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When you get a message “Your organization’s policies are preventing us from completing this action for you. For more info, please contact your help desk.” it means that you might want to apply this fix to be able to open links in emails:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310049

Same fix applies also to other Office applications (they all might be affected along with Outlook).

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Tips & Tricks : OneNote 2013 keeps crashing when trying to open notebook from OneDrive

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If you come across issue that OneNote 2013 will keep crashing each time you try to open notebook from OneDrive

  • Go to %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneNote\15.0 folder and delete OneNoteOfflineCache_Files folder and OneNoteOfflineCache.onecache file
  • Go to %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\ path and delete OfficeFileCache folder.

Then go back to OneNote 2013 and try to open notebook from OneDrive. This time it should work.

PS. %userprofile% points to C:\Users\%username%\

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How-To : Install RDP server on Raspberry PI with Raspbian

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By default on Raspberry PI with Raspbian you can enable SSH and connect via text terminal connection.

However, Raspberry PI offers also graphical environment.

How to access Raspberry PI graphical desktop remotely?

Here is how to install RDP server on Raspberry PI with Raspbian…

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Cheat Sheet : Deprecated/Removed features in Windows Server 2012 R2

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Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2

Feature

Removed Deprecated Removed

Deprecated

AD FS v1 Web Agent x
AD FS in-place upgrade from AD FS 1.0 or “out of box” AD FS 2.0 x
AD FS support for “Resource Group” x
AD FS support for NT Token mode x
AD FS support for using AD LDS as an authentication store x
AD RMS license revocation x
AD RMS SDK x
Application Server role x
Built-in drivers for tape drives x
Cluster Automation Server COM API x (made optional) x (optional)
Cluster.exe command-line interface x (made optional) x (optional)
CertObj COM and InetInfo interfaces of the Web Server role x
Dcpromo.exe x
Dfscmd.exe x
Drivers for Jet Red RDBMS and ODBC x x
File Replication Service x
GAA_FLAG_INCLUDE_TUNNEL_BINDINGORDER flat in GetAdaptersAddresses x
Internet Information Service (IIS) 6.0 Manager x
Layered Service Providers x x
IscsiVirtualDiskSnapshot and associated WMI methods x
LPR/LPD protocol x x
Namespace for version 1.0 of WMI; WMIC (in WMI) x x
NDIS version 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2 APIs x x
Net DMA x
Network Access Protection (NAP) x
Network Information Service (NIS) and Tools (in RSAT) x
Nfsshare.exe x
NFSv2 support x
Oclist.exe x
ODBC support for 16- and 32-bit applications and drivers x x
ODBC/OLEDB support for Microsoft Oracle x
ODBC/OLEDB support for SQL beyond SQL Server 7 and SQL 2000 x x
Providers for SNMP, Win32_ServerFeature API, Active Directory, MSClus WMI1.0 (in WMI) x x
Recovery disk creation x
Remote Data Service x
Role Collector (Ceiprole.exe) and associated API x
SCSIport host-bus adapter x
Servermanagercmd.exe x x
SIS Limited API x
Slmgr.vbs options x
SMB 1.0 x
SMB.sys x
SMTP and associated management tools x x
SQLXMLX x x
Storage Explorer snap-in for MMC x
Storage Manager for SANs snap-in for MMC x
Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications x x
Support for 32-bit cluster resource DLLs x
Support for hardware drivers for XDDM x
Support for Microsoft SQL Server prior to 7.0 x
Support for native VGA via the PC/AT BIOS or UEFI CSM x
Support for Static VMQ x
Support for Token Rings x
Support for Visual Studio Analyzer 2003 over ODBC, OLEDB, and ADO x
System Image Backup (“Windows 7 File Recovery”) x
Telnet server x
VM Chimney (also called TCP Offload) (in Hyper-V) x
Windows Server 2003 domain and functional levels of Active Directory x
Windows Authorization Manager (AzMan) x x
Windows Help executable (WinHlp32.exe) x
Windows Identity Foundation 3.5 x
Windows Server Resource Manager x x
Winsock Direct x x
WMI root\virtualization namespace v1 (in Hyper-V) x x
XDR schema elements, XSl pattern feature of MSXML3 (in XML) x x
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Games : Codes : Skyrim – Room with all items

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In Skyrim there is room created by Developers which contains all possible items you can find in the game :)

To teleport your character to that room use command:

  • coc qasmoke from game console

Once you want to leave that place use command:

  • coc whiterun from game console

That will teleport you to Whiterun and you can continue game :)

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Tips & Tricks : BitLocker requires recovery key when USB device connected at startup

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Sometimes when you start machine with BitLocker enabled and same time some storage device was connected to USB port, BitLocker might request Recovery Key. This happens because USB ports is listed on boot device search list. To avoid this type of event best idea is to remove USB from boot search list. However, changing list of boot devices might also trigger BitLocker.

How to deal with this type of situation? Follow steps below:

  1. Suspend BitLocker  – command: manage-bde -protectors -disable c:
  2. Reboot machine
  3. Go to BIOS and remove all USB devices from available boot devices list
  4. Boot up to Windows
  5. Resume BitLocker – command: manage-bde -protectors -enable c:
NOTE: All above commands have to be issues from Command Prompt with elevated privileges.

After that no more issues with BitLocker during startup when USB storage devices are connected.

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