Scripting Question

Post-installation task types and limitations

01/07/2016 1926 views

Got a couple of questions that I hope someone can answer:

  • I have a script that want to run post-installation and I want to know what is best practice when it comes to poweshell? I've tried attaching the ps1 in a "Windows Script" task, but that fails and the file is just opened in notepad during the deployment. I seems to work fine if I add the ps1 as an "application" but I would like to know what types of scripts are supported etc.? 
  • The "BAT script" type allows you simply type the commands directly into the Kace GUI, but you seem to be limited to a single line? When I use multiple commands, save the task en edit it again, all my line breaks are gone. Or is this just a GUI glitch?


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  • Hello, I am trying to create a "Run as" post install Task to install a piece of software as someone other than the local admin like a domain admin account. Can this be accomplished through a simple batch script?

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Here is another quick way to do that.  It is not elegant it works and is quick and easy.

You use a vb script to launch the batch file and zip those up then create an app task that calls the vbs

CreateObject("Wscript.Shell").Run "copy.bat",0,True

Answered 01/08/2016 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • change 0 to 1 to make batch file visible.

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If I recall well Windows Scripts is for VBS mainly. (and JScript [but I've never really tried])
It is correct to use the Application type for PowerShell because when you invoke a powershell script you many need to pass some parameters to set the execution policy if the script is not digitally signed.
About your second question on BAT type:
I tried to create a BAT task, save it and re-edit it and for me works fine...I'm using K2000 3.7 SP2.
 Kind regard,
Marco - StockTrader
Answered 01/07/2016 by: StockTrader
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  • Hm, but how? I've attached the script.ps1 in an application task and I use the parameter "powershell.exe -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy ByPass -file script.ps1" but it fails. How do you successfully call the script?
    • It should be fine. Do you obtain an error?
      Is this a post install task executed in Windows? (so not in the KBE)
      Marco - StockTrader
      • Yeah, but I seems to be rather powershell related than kace related, I have to do some more troubleshooting. Thank you
I run PS commands as a batch script

Start /wait net user administrator Passwordhere
Start /wait net user user2 Passwordhere
start /wait net localgroup administrators dfault /add

start /wait cscript %SystemRoot%\System32\slmgr.vbs -ATO

reg.exe DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate /f

cscript "c:\program files (x86)\microsoft office\office16\ospp.vbs" /act

start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v AutoAdminLogon /d 1 /f
start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v DefaultUserName /d Administrator /f
start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v DefaultPassWord /d Passwordhere /f
start /wait reg.exe delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v DefaultDomainName /f

start /wait msiexec /qn /i "\\kbox\client\agent_provisioning\windows_platform\ampagent-6.4.180-x86.msi" HOST=kbox.tmcc.edu

start /wait Powershell "Get-AppxPackage | % {if (!($_.IsFramework -or $_.PublisherId -eq "cw5n1h2txyewy")) {$_}} | Remove-AppxPackage"

start /wait Powershell "Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online"

Answered 01/07/2016 by: SMal.tmcc
Red Belt

  • Yeah, that works pretty good actually, especially when you have a couple of ps-commands. But it tends to ge a bit messy when paste a larger script into the window.

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