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Get/Set ComputerName

Get/Set ComputerName
by Corey A. Serrins, Kent Feid and Patrick Warme

These tasks will work with both sysprepped images and scripted installs of XP/Vista/7/8
Major features include:
-using the K1 database
-using the K2 database
-using variable replacement
-using a data file
-dialog prompting
-and more...

There are 2 scripts included with this download, getcomputername and setcomputername, each has a 32 and 64 bit versions.

For complete instructions and commandline switches, please read the included README.txt file

Get/Set ComputerName Download

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Version History
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v. 1.5.5.2 09/01/15
-fixed an issue where [ ] ; characters weren't being stripped from the final computer name
-added Win10 to variable replacement

v. 1.5.5.1 05/01/15
-fixed issue where USB image deployments without network connection were failing

v. 1.5.0.1 02/26/15
-resolved an issue where the name in the unattend was not getting updated.

v. 1.5.0.0 10/08/14
-added /log to generate a log file for both get and set scripts.
-added variable replacement functionality to setcomputername
-added data file naming functionality to setcomputername
-added ability to use K1 database
-added ability to use K2 database

v. 1.3.0.0 08/16/13
-added /look: switch to getcomputername and setcomputername. If using this switch, it must be used in both applications.
-added /notrandom and /timeout: switch to setcomputername in case the name read was '*' (random) and that is undesired

v. 1.2.2.1 10/02/12
-modified an error to be more clear that the name file wasn't found or error with it.

v. 1.2.2.0 08/03/12
-added 15 character limit to the dialog box so user can't enter more than that.
-changed the default write drive letter to x:

v. 1.2.1.0 08/01/12
-added /drive to both get & set

v. 1.1.2.2 05/20/12
-changed dialog box so that timer was set, takes whatever name is is in box at that time.

v. 1.1.2.1 05/04/12
-fixed /timeout issue in getcomputername where it wasn't working at all.
-fixed issue where when timeout happened, computername was blank in getcomputername.

v. 1.1.2.0
-added in /debug

v. 1.1.1.2 03/06/12
-made maximum length of computer name 15 characters in get/set scripts, no exceptions.

v. 1.1.1.1 12/22/11
-removed guictrlread from nodialog, not sure why it was there, as we aren't reading gui
-was just looking for /dialog, changed it to read first 7 characters to match command line, like other options
-fixed bug where /dialog would not work unless the computer name was ""

v. 1.1.1 11/21/11
    for SI, there is no name, so by default it will be "*" which will assign a random name

v. .65  03/09/11
switch was added to getcomputername.exe to allow for a timeout period on the dialog box to ask for a computer name.
Synatax for /timeout switch is /timeout:30 to timeout after 30 seconds. At this point, the unattend file would be left alone, assuming that the computername is set to "*" computer would end up with a random name.
/timeout at this time is meant to work with /dialog, if /timeout is used without /dialog, nothing will happen and there will be no affect on the outcome, but there will be no timeout.
v. .602/28/11
switch was added to getcomputername.exe to allow for naming the computer from commandline with /name:"name". This is more for one-offs.
switch was added to getcomputername.exe to allow the user to have a pop-up window to enter the computername. This is convenient for machines that come out of the box from the manufacturer, without any previous naming scheme for an organization.
v. .502/23/11
all known issues were resolved
all situations were tested with imaging and scripted install on Windows XP/Windows 7 and both architectures.
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K1000 :: Inventory :: Software :: Custom ticket rule for RegistryValueReturn REG_DWORD value for 5.3

If you are unable to get a RegistryValueReturn to work with a REG_DWORD key, try the following steps as a workaround:

 

ShellCommandTextReturn(reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA1000000001} /v language) 

I did this rule in my test environment and it worked like a champ. 

1. Open up regedit.exe 
2. Find the key that you want 
3. Right-click it and say "copy key name" 
4. In your customer invnetory rule, type: 

ShellCommandTextReturn(reg query <insert_clipboard_contents_here_minus_brackets> /v <insert_value_name_here_minus_brakcets>) 

5. Make sure to select the OS's that he wants the rule to apply to. 
6.Force an inventory on a machine to test. 


When mine worked, I got this under Custom Inventory Rules in my computer inventory: 

1) CUSTOM - Registry Value Return:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA1000000001} 
language REG_DWORD 0x409 

[string] 

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Profiling Firefox in Citrix XenApp 6.5

Hello,

In the next few steps I will share with you, as to how you should profile Firefox(ver. 13) in citrix xenapp 6.5

Intro:

Firefox, as you all know is a web browser by Mozilla. Most of us have often struggled with the first few screens that come when you launch firefox for the first time after installation. Its really painful to repeat all those steps if you are planning to deploy this application over a network.

Solution:

Firefox creates a profile under %Appdata% (roaming in case of windows 7). Now if you open this folder you will find a folder named mozilla. under this folder you will find the folder Firefox, under this folder you will find a folder named crash reports, profiles and a profiles.ini file. If you open this profiles.ini, you will find the following content in it

[General]
StartWithLastProfile=1

[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/n9i7r825.default

Now the most important thing in this ini file is the last line highlighted in bold in the above line. open the profile folder in the firectory where the profiles.ini file is present, you will find a folder by exactly similar name as in the above ini file. If you delete this folder firefox will again ask you to configure it, in the same manner it asked you , when you launched the application for the first. So to avoid this make sure you never delete this folder. Now  coming to the suppression of updates in the firefox. All the options related to pop up that surface after configuring firefox, updates, sending crash reports, etc.. are stored in prefs.js file. And this is the file that we are looking for.  This file is located in following location %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\n9i7r825.default\prefs.js. Always keep a backup of this file , incase some of you dont wish to configure firefox over and again after installation. Just copy this file in the above mentioned location as soon as the installation is over, and the Firefox would bother you ever for the configuration

How to Profile:

Now what I am about to cover here is pertaining to XenApp 6.5.

1. Open the profiler in the profiling machine

2. Select New profile in the above step

3. Click next

4. name the profile as per your requirement.

5. Click next

6.Click next

7. Select the platform for which you wish to deploy the application and its language

8. now if your installation has just a single installer select the default option else select advanced option and  continue with the default option already present on the next screen and click next

9. Pass the exe and command line arguments if any on this screen and click next

10. Click launch installer. At this stage the installation of firefox would start. Proceed as if you were installing the firefox on your machine. Once done with installation, the next button will get highlighted by itself, click next it will take you to the next screen

Click next if you dont wish to install other applications alongside firefox and wish to profile those alongwith firefox, in which case you should select the second option. Rest i presume should be easy for all those reading this.

on the next screen the profiler will detect the installed applications by default. if it doesnt it means something went wrong and you need to start profiling again.

click next once you have run the application.

click next on this screen

follow the default settings on the next screen until you reach the final screen where the profiler asks you to build the profile as shown below

click finish and the profiler will build your profile. Exclusions related to files and folders can be done by opening the .profile file for upgrade. I will cover that later on, right now , dont wish to confuse the audience.

Finishing the application
Now if you'll remember i discussed something about the prefs.js file in the beginning. Yes, now that file comes into file. Now what i didnt tell you was, the xenapp 6.5 doesnt capture user related files , so how do we handle it? At this stage , we need to write a prelaunch vbscript which will copy this file everytime this application is launched

but first let me share with you the contents of prefs.js file

# Mozilla User Preferences

/* Do not edit this file.
 *
 * If you make changes to this file while the application is running,
 * the changes will be overwritten when the application exits.
 *
 * To make a manual change to preferences, you can visit the URL about:config
 */

user_pref("app.update.auto", false);
user_pref("app.update.enabled", false);
user_pref("app.update.mode", 0);
user_pref("app.update.service.enabled", false);
user_pref("browser.bookmarks.restore_default_bookmarks", false);
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.capacity", 1048576);
user_pref("browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run", false);
user_pref("browser.migration.version", 6);
user_pref("browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion", 3);
user_pref("browser.preferences.advanced.selectedTabIndex", 2);
user_pref("browser.rights.3.shown", true);
user_pref("browser.search.update", false);
user_pref("browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser", false);
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID", "20120614114901");
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone", "13.0.1");
user_pref("browser.taskbar.lastgroupid", "E7CF176E110C211B");
user_pref("extensions.blocklist.pingCountVersion", 0);
user_pref("extensions.bootstrappedAddons", "{}");
user_pref("extensions.databaseSchema", 12);
user_pref("extensions.enabledAddons", "{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}:13.0.1");
user_pref("extensions.installCache", "[{\"name\":\"app-global\",\"addons\":{\"{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}\":{\"descriptor\":\"C:\\\\Program Files (x86)\\\\Mozilla Firefox\\\\extensions\\\\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}\",\"mtime\":1341981846073}}}]");
user_pref("extensions.lastAppVersion", "13.0.1");
user_pref("extensions.lastPlatformVersion", "13.0.1");
user_pref("extensions.pendingOperations", false);
user_pref("extensions.shownSelectionUI", true);
user_pref("intl.charsetmenu.browser.cache", "UTF-8");
user_pref("network.cookie.prefsMigrated", true);
user_pref("places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages", 104858);
user_pref("privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs", true);
user_pref("services.sync.clients.lastSync", "0");
user_pref("services.sync.clients.lastSyncLocal", "0");
user_pref("services.sync.globalScore", 0);
user_pref("services.sync.migrated", true);
user_pref("services.sync.nextSync", 0);
user_pref("services.sync.tabs.lastSync", "0");
user_pref("services.sync.tabs.lastSyncLocal", "0");
user_pref("toolkit.startup.last_success", 1341982165);
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.prompted", 2);
user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.rejected", true);
user_pref("urlclassifier.keyupdatetime.https://sb-ssl.google.com/safebrowsing/newkey", 1344569870);
user_pref("xpinstall.whitelist.add", "");
user_pref("xpinstall.whitelist.add.36", "");
 

the highlighted sections matter the most. If you observe closely, the highlighted lines are self explanatory, if not, let me tell you that those lines , will suppress automatic updates and automatic search engine updates.

now comes the the prelaunch vbscript file, but before that, did i tell you where you should keep this file , so that prelaunch.vbs copies this file everytime it runs in user. For that , open the .profile file generated in the above profiling steps. 

refer the image below

click update/install application , so that we can add file. click next on the screen that appears

on the next screen , select  advanced install, and click next. On the next screen , select "select files and folders radio button" and click next. it will take you to the following screen

the left hand section designates the files on the machine and the right hand section designates the file in the profiled application. Now in the left hand section, navigate to the desktop folder(i presume that should not be difficult ) Once on desktop folder, add that folder to the captured installation directory of firefox(u can keep the file anywhere in the captured directories, but i prefer INSTALLDIR). once the file is added , click next. On the next screen, select finish application and click next. again you will be presented with the screen asking you to run the application. Run the application and follow on screen instruction.When done , follow the default options on the screen untill you get the screen which asks you to build the profile and Voila!! you are done adding the file

Now lets write our vbscript file. Use the following content. I dont own any of the following content. Nor am i a very good scripter, but can write everyday scripts that can get the work done.

======================================================================

Option Explicit

On Error Resume Next
Const OVERWRITE_EXISTING = True

Dim objShell, objFso, struserpath, filepath, strCD, cmd, strAppdata, strSource1, strSource2, strDest, strDest1, strDest2, strDest3, strMicro, strFile

Set objShell=wscript.CreateObject ("wscript.Shell")
Set objFso=CreateObject ("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

strAppdata = objshell.expandenvironmentstrings("%appdata%")
strCD = objshell.expandenvironmentstrings("%ProgramFiles(x86)%")

strSource1 = strCD & "\Mozilla Firefox\profiles.ini"
strSource2 = strCD & "\Mozilla Firefox\prefs.js"
strMicro = strAppdata & "\Mozilla\"
strDest1 = strAppdata & "\Mozilla\Firefox\"
strDest2 = strAppData & "\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\"
strDest3 = strAppData & "\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\382pmpjp.default\"
strFile = strAppdata & "\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\382pmpjp.default\prefs.js"


If Not objFSO.FolderExists( strMicro ) Then
            objFSO.CreateFolder strMicro
End if

If Not objFSO.FolderExists( strDest1 ) Then
            objFSO.CreateFolder strDest1
End if

If Not objFSO.FolderExists( strDest2 ) Then
            objFSO.CreateFolder strDest2
End if

If Not objFSO.FolderExists( strDest3 ) Then
            objFSO.CreateFolder strDest3
End if

If Not objFSO.FileExists( strFile ) Then
         
         objFso.CopyFile strSource1 , strDest1
                 objFso.CopyFile strSource2 , strDest3, OVERWRITE_EXISTING
        
        
                
End if



Set objShell= nothing
Set objFso= nothing

======================================================================

Save this file by anyname.vbs
Now how to add this script to our profile?

again refer the following options

This time click properties and you will get the following screen

select the highlighted section. Uncheck the use profile settings. this will open up the prelaunch & Post exit scripts section.

Click Add. browse to the directory where you have kept your vbs file. Do not change any other option on the window unless you are sure about it. Once done adding the file, click apply and ok and save the profile on desktop. and you are done. Now when  you publish this application you will no longer get the same configuration windows and also the auto update will be disabled.

 

Do let me know if in case, someone finds any difficulty in the above mentioned steps

 

 

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Custom Inventory Rule and Accessing Registry on 64 Bit OS

Dell Kace agent is a 32 bit application. Hence on a 64 Bit OS, registry path HKLM in Dell Kace agent will point to HKLM\Software\Wow6432.

Hence, In Custom Inventory Rule, to access HKLM\Software of the 64 bit hive, use HKLM64\Software.

Ex: 

On a 64 Bit OS, to check the existence of a registry key from HKLM\Software\Intel construct Custom Inventory Rule as

RegistryKeyExists(HKLM64\Software\Intel)
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profiling microsoft project 2007 in xenapp 6.5

Hello,

Today i would be sharing with you the steps to create a profile of Microsoft project 2007. Follow the below mentioned steps.

1. In my earlier post of creating profiled application of Mozilla Firefox, i have shared with you , how to create a profiled application

2. Next click the below link http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX118396/. The process of customizing office applications is pretty big. Hence i wont get into explaining the whole procedure and would leave that as an exercise to the packager.

3. Once done with the customization of the project 2007, you need to make sure that you have added the below registry in your msp.

These will suppress the first run screen, that you usually get when launching the project 2007 shortcut for the first time in any user.

4. Next under the help menu of project 2007 there are some options related to online activation and other help option, that are usually not desired and hence can safely be removed. For this, launch project 2007 shortcut, go to Tools->Customize->Toolbars. Choose the commands tab. Click the Rearrange Commands. Refer the following image for the same

on the next window that opens after clicking Rearrange commands,go to menu bar radio button, and from the drop down choose the help option as follows

remove all the unnecessary options leaving only the ones as mentioned in the above image. Now as soon as you do this, a file under %appdata%\Microsoft\MS Project\12\1033\Global.mpt. This is the file that contains all the setting, to all the options that you wish to remove from any of the menu bar options, like the one we just did in the above step.

Now you all might be thinking that the only work that remains, is profiling application and your are done...right!!!!. But just a step more and then definately you are done. hmm, so lets get down to it.

5. Recall, i mentioned something about userprofile issues of XenApp 6.5. For all those who recalled, Cheers!!! you have started getting grip on XenApp. For all those , who are still struggling in recalling, what i mentioned about per user profile, the answer is prelaunch vbs file that would copy the per user related file to its location.

6. Now i would leave that as an exercise to creating prelaunch script and inserting it in the profiled application,as an exercise to the user, since i already mentioned , in my earlier article, where in i copied the prefs.js file to the per user location(Enough of the hint, this should ring some bells in your mind).

7. For the newbies, who need some help regarding the above steps, please refer the following link

http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/profiling-firefox-in-citrix-xenapp-6-5

Hope the above steps,prove to be of some help to the users.

Please feel free to  suggest any changes and mistakes in the above article. I would really appreciate that!!!

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