Software Deployment Question

Smart Label OS Install Date

05/19/2016 1419 views
I have been trying to get a smart label working based on the OS_INSTALL_DATE field in the db. I followed the following Blog post: http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/smart-label-based-on-os-installation-date, but am not getting it to work.

Looking at the db, I notice that the field type isn't a timestamp, but just a varchar. Is this what could be causing the issue? Or does anyone else know of a way to get this working?

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  • What is it you are trying to do? Find machines older than a certain time? Just get the data itself for reporting?
  • My main goal is to apply a smart label to freshly imaged machines automatically so begin installing software, etc.

    We had it setup as the created date in KACE, but if we forget to delete the agent from KACE before reimaging the computer, it won't be picked up by the smart label.

    Going by OS install date, this will fix that issue.
  • Restarting the K1000 and following the above blog post worked. Something wierd was going on with it that self resolved. When in doubt, restart.

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I have done the following to get the OS Date installed:

Created a powershell script to get the OS date and time installed and output a text file to C:\ProgramData\Dell\KACE\user

My file reads as:


function Ps64([scriptblock]$block) {  
    $machineName = [Environment]::MachineName;  
    try {  
        # Note: The configuration name is what forces it to 64 bit.  
        $session = New-PSSession -ComputerName $machineName -ConfigurationName Microsoft.PowerShell  
    } catch {  
        # Try to enable Remote Management on this machine.  
        winrm quickconfig -q -f  
        # Try again.  
        $session = New-PSSession -ComputerName $machineName -ConfigurationName Microsoft.PowerShell  
    # Now invoke our code in 64 bit PowerShell.  
    try {  
        Invoke-Command -Session $session -ScriptBlock $block -ArgumentList $args  
    } finally {  
        Remove-PSSession $session  
([WMI]'').ConvertToDateTime((Get-WmiObject Win32_OperatingSystem).InstallDate)|out-file C:\ProgramData\Dell\KACE\user\OSinstalldateandtime.txt


From there I deploy the .ps1 file, along with a batch file. I zipped the 2 together and and created an offline kscript, with the zip file uploaded. From there I target my machines and call the .bat file which reads

SET ThisScriptsDirectory=%~dp0
SET PowerShellScriptPath=%ThisScriptsDirectory%MyPowerShellScript.ps1
PowerShell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "& {Start-Process PowerShell -ArgumentList '-NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File ""C:\ProgramData\Dell\KACE\kbots_cache\packages\kbots\255\OSDT.ps1""' -Verb RunAs}";

That executes the powershell file and outputs the text file to the location I specified above. In my case, I had to include the full path to the package to get it to execute properly. 

Next, I created a  new Software inventory record as a CIR using the following syntax:

ShellCommandTextReturn(cmd.exe /c type C:\ProgramData\Dell\KACE\user\OSinstalldateandtime.txt)

Finally, I created a report which returns machines that have that software inventory record.

There may be an easier way but this is what worked for me after much research and trial-and-error.
Answered 05/19/2016 by: rockhead44
Red Belt

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