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  1. We have started migrating to Windows7 since Microsoft stopped shipping XP recovery disks. We're also in the process of migrating away from Novell e-Directory to Active Directory. I've noticed some intermittent connection problems, e.g. mapped network drive randomly becoming disconnected or being unable to log back into a locked workstation first time, but the same password works again if used a second time.

    According to MS to issue is due to the patch level on the Novell server. However the Infrastructure team do not want to patch the server because it's a little temperamental and may go belly up. After all it's being migrated away from..... However this does help me with the issues my users are facing, so does anybody have any suggestions / recommendations from a desktop perspective that may help at least improve the situation until the Novell servers are turned off once and for all?

    All help appreciated.

    Ashley

  2. Hi everyone,

    I have been asked to create a hardware independent Windows7 image for our desktops and laptops. Does anybody have any insight into the best way to do this and the best practice etc.. I know about WIM files and apparently Ghost can create hardware independent images these days. How?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Ashley

  3. I seem to be using a slightly older version of iPass then you, but here's my setup.iss file. It works OK for us:

    [installShield Silent]

    Version=v6.00.000

    File=Response File

    [File Transfer]

    OverwrittenReadOnly=NoToAll

    [{AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-DlgOrder]

    Dlg0={AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-AskYesNo-0

    Count=4

    Dlg1={AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-SdWelcome-1

    Dlg2={AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-SdAskDestPath-0

    Dlg3={AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-AskYesNo-0

    [{AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-AskYesNo-0]

    Result=1

    [{AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-SdWelcome-0]

    Result=1

    [{AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-SdAskDestPath-0]

    szDir=C:\Program Files\iPass\iPassConnect

    Result=1

    [{AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-AskYesNo-0]

    Result=1

    [Application]

    Name=iPassConnect

    Version=3.30.00

    Company=iPass

    Lang=0009

    [{AB6FFA58-F491-11D3-8951-000000024939}-AskYesNo-1]

    Result=0

  4. It doesn't matter if I import the registration entry before the install or after.

    Also, on the PaperPort11 CD is a tool called MkMst.exe. This will supposedly make the transform file for you. However even this says invalid serial number. What's going on?

    Also, the little app you mentioned - InstallTailor - is no longer available. See http://www.appdeploy.com/tools/detail.asp?id=293

    Anyone have any other ideas? I've even tried using AutoIt, but the script is unrealiable (it works on some PCs but not others) and it will not run from the network drive for some reason.

    Surely it's possible to script PaperPort 11?

    Does it matter that I'm using the standard version rather than pro version?

  5. I'm attempting to create an unattended install of PaperPort 11. All seems to go well till the installer launches setup.msi. I get the error message "Serial number is invalid" even though it's corect.

    Install.cmd looks like this:

    @Echo Off

    ECHO Installing Scansoft PaperPort 11

    ECHO Please wait...

    REGEDIT /S %systemdrive%\PaperPort11\PaperPort.reg

    start /wait %systemdrive%\PaperPort11\ISScript10.Msi /qb! ALLUSERS=1

    start /wait %systemdrive%\PaperPort11\Setup.msi /qb! ALLUSERS=1

    Exit

    The PaperPort.reg file looks like this:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ScanSoft\PaperPort\License]

    "UserName"="****"

    "UserOrganization"="****"

    "Serial#"="*****-***-****-****-**"

    Anbody have any ideas?

    Thanks

    Ashley

  6. If anyone is interested, I wrote a script that answers my own question. It's below (called config.cmd):

    @echo off

    COLOR 1f

    MODE CON COLS=50 LINES=5

    TITLE Thunderbird Configuration Utility

    ECHO Configuring Thunderbird

    ECHO Please wait...

    :: First test to see if we are on NT or similar OS

    :: The ony difference is how they handle the ampersand

    > ~userin.vbs echo 1234&rem

    type ~userin.vbs | find "rem" > nul

    if errorlevel 1 goto LOGNAME

    goto WIN9X

    :WIN9X

    call error.vbs

    :LOGNAME

    > ~userin.vbs echo strUserIn = InputBox("Please enter your login name")

    >> ~userin.vbs echo Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    >> ~userin.vbs echo strFileName = fs.BuildPath(Wscript.ScriptFullName ^& "\..", "~userin.bat")

    >> ~userin.vbs echo strFileName = fs.GetAbsolutePathName(strFileName)

    >> ~userin.vbs echo Set ts = fs.OpenTextFile(strFileName, 2, True)

    >> ~userin.vbs echo ts.WriteLine "set userin=" ^& strUserIn

    >> ~userin.vbs echo ts.Close

    goto RUN

    :RUN

    :: Now run the created script

    start /w wscript.exe ~userin.vbs

    del ~userin.vbs

    :: Now call the created batch file

    call ~userin.bat

    del ~userin.bat

    :: Now display the data!

    ::echo You entered %USERIN%

    ::pause

    ::cls

    ::Now output %USERIN% to prefs.js

    K:\software\WindowsXP\Thunderbird\change.com prefs.js "UID" "%USERIN%" > NUL

    goto EMAIL

    :EMAIL

    > ~email.vbs echo strUserIn = InputBox("Please enter your FULL email address")

    >> ~email.vbs echo Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    >> ~email.vbs echo strFileName = fs.BuildPath(Wscript.ScriptFullName ^& "\..", "~email.bat")

    >> ~email.vbs echo strFileName = fs.GetAbsolutePathName(strFileName)

    >> ~email.vbs echo Set ts = fs.OpenTextFile(strFileName, 2, True)

    >> ~email.vbs echo ts.WriteLine "set email=" ^& strUserIn

    >> ~email.vbs echo ts.Close

    goto RUN2

    :RUN2

    :: Now run the second created script

    start /w wscript.exe ~email.vbs

    del ~email.vbs

    :: Now call the created batch file

    call ~email.bat

    del ~email.bat

    :: Now display the data!

    ::echo You entered %EMAIL%

    ::pause

    ::cls

    ::Now output %EMAIL% to prefs.js

    K:\software\WindowsXP\Thunderbird\change.com prefs.js "EID" "%EMAIL%" > NUL

    :NAME

    > ~name.vbs echo strUserIn = InputBox("Please enter your First name and Surname")

    >> ~name.vbs echo Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    >> ~name.vbs echo strFileName = fs.BuildPath(Wscript.ScriptFullName ^& "\..", "~name.bat")

    >> ~name.vbs echo strFileName = fs.GetAbsolutePathName(strFileName)

    >> ~name.vbs echo Set ts = fs.OpenTextFile(strFileName, 2, True)

    >> ~name.vbs echo ts.WriteLine "set name=" ^& strUserIn

    >> ~name.vbs echo ts.Close

    goto RUN3

    :RUN3

    :: Now run the second created script

    start /w wscript.exe ~name.vbs

    del ~name.vbs

    :: Now call the created batch file

    call ~name.bat

    del ~name.bat

    :: Now display the data!

    ::echo You entered %name%

    ::pause

    ::cls

    ::Now output %NAME% to prefs.js

    K:\software\WindowsXP\Thunderbird\change.com prefs.js "NID" "%NAME%" > NUL

    call message.vbs

    xcopy "k:\Software\WindowsXP\Thunderbird\Thunderbird\*.*" "%appdata%\Thunderbird\" /e /y /q

    xcopy "k:\Software\WindowsXP\Thunderbird\prefs.js" "%appdata%\Thunderbird\Profiles\adh18umt.default\" /y /q

    xcopy "k:\Software\WindowsXP\Thunderbird\template\prefs.js" "k:\Software\WindowsXP\Thunderbird\prefs.js" /y /q

    Exit

    Error.vbs looks like this:

    MsgBox "This script is not designed for your Operating System.", vb, "Company Name"

    Message.vbs looks like this:

    MsgBox "Please check that prefs.js has been successfully modified.", vb, "Company Name"

    Create a sample prefs.js to work with and download change.com..... Job done

  7. I’m trying to rollout FireFox and Thunderbird. I have created a simple batch file script (source code below) to install firefox 1.5.0.6 and Thunderbird 1.5.0.5.

    @Echo off

    COLOR 1f

    MODE CON COLS=40 LINES=5

    TITLE FireFox and Thunderbird

    Echo Installing Thunderbird 1.5.0.4

    Echo Please wait...

    start /wait k:\software\mozilla\Thunderbird1.5.0.5.exe /ms

    Echo.

    Echo.

    cls

    Echo Installing Firefox 1.5.0.5

    Echo Please wait...

    start /wait k:\software\mozilla\firefox1.5.0.6.exe /ms

    Echo.

    Echo.

    Exit

    The script works fine, but when I launch Firefox or Thunderbird, the configuration wizard pops up. I know that the configuration file is “prefs.js”, but how can I configure this in a script for each different user?

    The email server and settings will be the same, but the user name is different. Ideally somebody will know of a script that will produce a popup box saying, “Enter your username” then it will configure FireFox and Thunderbird for him or her.

    Any ideas?

    All help welcome….

    Ashley

  8. Hi all.

    Any help on creating an unattended install for Trados 2006 would be gratefully received. I need to install all the components i.e. SDL Trados 2006, SDLX 2006, SDL Flexlm License server, Trados Multi-term, ISScript1050, dotnetfx, and dotnetfxsp1.

    Help!!!

  9. The company I work for is moving from Novell (Netware) queue based printing (which uses IPX) to IP printing (about time!!).

    I would like to make life easy for myself by scripting this in a batch file. Basically I need a script that removes all Novell printers from a user's workstation (but leaves the existing IP-based printers).

    Any ideas? All suggestions welcome.

    Thanks

    Ashley

  10. Hi all.

    Hopefully you can help me. I need to convert several ghost images of older PCs into some format that can be run in either Microsoft Virtual Machine 2004 or VMware. I know that you can link virtual machine and VMware to iso CD images. That would be ideal. If there is some way to convert them into actual virtual machines, then even better.

    I've already tried using WinImage. It's great at creating virtual images of existing PCs, but I have images I need to convert. Any ideas? All help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Ashley



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