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Everything posted by zeusabj

  1. Hey Yzöwl, another dumb question. Why did you use "=" after each "echo"? Is there a reason for that or is it just your preferred programming style? Also I've seen other batch scripts that use "goto :eof". Obviously that is used to exit the batch script but you never see the actual ":eof" function anywhere in the script. Is it just implied or could I name it anything (like "goto :nothing"); leave ":nothing" out of my script and have it work the same way?
  2. Now see, that's why it says "Wise Owl" under your avatar. Seriously, thank you *so* very much for taking the time to write up that reply. That's the exact kind of constructive criticism I have been looking for. I've only been writing batch scripts for about a year now and I'm embarrassed to say there's still a lot I don't understand. Also I'm located in a small town and there aren't many other technical people around, so I rely on the Internet a lot to bounce questions off other technical individuals. Would you believe it took me almost two whole days to come up with that code on my own? If I'
  3. This was my final solution, and it seems to work well: @ECHO OFF :: Prepare the Command Processor SETLOCAL ENABLEEXTENSIONS SETLOCAL ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION :: Defaults (directory paths must be in quotes): :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: SET _source="C:\temp\copy 1" SET _destination="C:\temp\dest 1" "C:\temp\dest 2" "C:\temp\dest 3" "C:\temp\dest 4" "C:\temp\dest 5" SET _options=/MIR /XJ /NJH /NDL /NJS /NS /NC /R:1 /W:10 :: Customize What Gets Copied ::SET _filelist= ::SET _excludedfiles=/XF ::SET _excludedirs=/XD :: Confirmation: ::::::
  4. Awesome, I never realized it could be as simple as putting spaces between the times in my variable declaration. I'll try that and post my final code here for you guys to look at.
  5. I won't bore you with the details, just know that this has to be a BATCH SCRIPT (I can't do this using another language or program and achieve the desired affect). Here's my current script: @echo off :: Defaults: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: Backup 01 set _sourcedir01=C:\temp\copy1 set _destdir01=H:\Backups\ set _options01=/MIR /XJ /NJH /NDL /NJS /NS /NC /R:1 /W:10 :: Confirmation: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: echo -------------------------------------------------------------
  6. Thanks for sharing this. Always love to know what items other SysAdmins are setting as default in their Windows installs. I incorporated a few of your tweaks into my own post-install script.
  7. If anyone is interested I found an excellent solution for this dilemma here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/mdt/thread/54f71ff7-81b6-4dff-9fb1-845a2efb1026 Aaaaand here is the script I wrote to do the work for me (with help from that post): @echo off :: Set script execution directory set _thisdir=%~dp0 :: Take ownership of original TakeOwn.exe /F %SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg :: Replaces acls with default inherited acls icacls %SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg /reset :: Rename original RENAME %SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg imgX.jpg ::
  8. mount and write, may need to take ownership Yeah figured, ah well, at least I have a solution now, thanks guys!
  9. Do you have a workaround for the "TrustedInstaller" permissions issue, or do you just mount an image and overwrite it in there?
  10. Well, I knew I wasn't crazy, check this out: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsuidevelopment/thread/1703c3f4-a2ea-4c4a-a73f-a93e6d51b2bb So looks like my only solution is to overwrite this wallpaper file: Which seems like a rather sloppy approach, but hey if it works....
  11. I'm sorry Mr. Jinje! I did read your link! That was a typo! I pasted a code snippet from an earlier attempt! I did find and correct that error *BEFORE* I posted that response. So the script I ran actually did use 'REG ADD "HKU\Hive.......' and it still did not work. I have edited my above post to remove the typo. Just to make sure it *would* work I decided to make another script and apply the registry key for the user currently logged in. Here's my script: :: Change Wallpaper REG ADD "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v Wallpaper /t REG_SZ /d "C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Nature\img6.jpg" /f :: Refr
  12. So I changed my code to this: REM Load the default profile hive REG LOAD HKU\Hive C:\Users\Default\NTUSER.DAT REM Configure the default user profile REG ADD "HKU\Hive\Control Panel\Desktop" /v WallPaper /t REG_SZ /d "C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Nature\img6.jpg" /f REM Unload the default profile hive REG UNLOAD HKU\Hive All the commands run successfully. So I reboot, create a new account, login as the user, and still no custom wallpaper. I'm just at a total loss! What in the world am I doing wrong here? Has anyone ever actually gotten this default registry hive thing to work? Can someone maybe
  13. Yep, that should work (but only on a per computer basis), I don't know about the path in your sample, look at the sample from post #6 in the thread I linked. No such thing a "Default User" anymore, you are editing the wrong path entirely. In windows 7 Default User is now "Default". Just change your path to C:\Users\Default\ntuser.dat, instead of %USERPROFILE%\..\ Maybe that is the whole problem. reg load "hku\zzz" "C:\Users\Default\NTUSER.DAT" REG LOAD "HKU\Default" "%USERPROFILE%\..\Default User\NTUSER.DAT" I was under the impression that using "Default User" would still work because
  14. So hold the phone, this can't be done within windows? I have to create the image first, then mount it, then run these commands? I have been doing my deployment to a VM and logging in as Administrator, then running this *within* the Windows 7 install I intend to capture. Could that me my problem?
  15. I am running this from the administrator profile, rebooting the computer. Creating a new user account from scratch and then logging in as that user to test. Shouldn't that work?
  16. Hey guys, I really hope someone can help me here because I'm at a loss here. I've been tasked with creating a Windows 7 image for deployment at my company. When I built our Windows XP images a few years ago it was pretty easy to set system-wide defaults. All I would do was create a dummy account, log in to that acount, make my customizations (default company wallpaper, disable "highlight new programs", etc) and then just overwrite the "Default" profile folder with the profile folder of the dummy account. When I got ready to start deploying Windows 7 I did some research and discovered that meth
  17. Ashinator... What can I say? *THANK YOU* you just have no idea how long I have been trolling the web for a *SIMPLE* step-by-step guide WITH SCREENSHOTS that just spells out how to create hardware independent sysprepped WIM images. I keep finding bits and pieces of the process but nothing that spells out the ENTIRE process for you completely from cradle to grave. You have no idea how much easier this will make things for me at work. I simply can't thank you enough for this. YOU ROCK!
  18. Sorry I have not responded had a number of work and family related items that came up ad just slammed me. Thanks for your help MMarable. I guess I'm just going to have to sit down and figure it out through trial and error. never done any scripting like that beofre. Sure wish there was some sort of tutorial that could help me. Oh well. If anyone finds any good MDT-related guides that describe my problem and detail some solutions, please post them!
  19. Okay you offered some interesting tips. I'm still really new to all of this and you made me aware of quite a few things. Yes, the hidden drivers folder is there, and it seems some of the drivers *did* install while some did not. Mainly mass Storage controllers, NIC and video drivers. When I look in that folder it appears to have copied over five driver files and those appear to have installed properly. Is there some other step I should take here? I guess I'm just assuming the LiteTouch ISO is properly detecting my hardware and installing the appropriate driver. Is there some way to "tell it" w
  20. Hey guys, I'm totaly hung up on this issue and I'm really hoping somsone here can help. I am using the MDT 2008 to standardize OS deployment for my company. Our goal is to have a single DVD that can be used to load Windows XP SP3 (Applications, Drivers and all) onto a new PC or be used to refurbish existing models deployed in the field as they come in for maintenance/repair. I have been able to use the Media Deplyment point to successfully create and test several ISO's. So far they install our company applications without any issue, its the DRIVERS that are killing me! I got all the drivers fo
  21. To answer the "why" questions, I have several technicians that work at my company that were issued these USB Western Digital passports to use on the job. Several of them prefer these devices to USB flash drives due to their high storage capacity. I recently created a Windows PE-based custom technician recovery install that I have been setting for the technicians that have Flash drives. Because of the Econo-apocalypse our company has put a freeze on purchases and the guys with the USB drives are asking me to come up with a solution for them. Due to the 32GB limitation of FAT32 in DISKPART I nee
  22. Hey guys, I'm trying to get Windows PE to boot from a 300 GB 2.5" Western Digital Passport external USB drive. To get around the FAT32 partition limitation of 32GB in DISKPART I've opted to format to NTFS. I've found several guides for making an NTFS formatted drive bootable, but none of them seem to be working for me. I just get an error every time I specify the external drive in the boot menu of my target machine. I was just wondering if anyone here has tried and succeeded in making a high capacity 2.5 external USB drive boot into Windows PE? If so could you please describe the process or li
  23. IT WORKED Tripredacus!!! PERFECT! This was exactly what I was looking for, thanks! On a related note I have not had a chance to test it on an APPLY job. Will the same key combination abort ImageX when I am applying an image? This would be useful if I make a mistake and apply the wrong image or something...
  24. Something like this was what I was looking for. CTRL+C huh? I'll try that and report back...
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