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  1. IcemanND

    I'm BaaAack

    Well went looking and WiMTweak seems to have vanished. I found other ways to get done what I needed. Job changed drastically form when I joined 14 some odd years ago to now. Had to find ways to do it all without enterprise management tools. Now everything I do is SCCM/AD/GPO managed.
  2. IcemanND

    I'm BaaAack

    Been awhile, but seems like every year or so I go looking for a way to do something and some link drags be back to MSFN. I can blame it on Legolash this time, needed to check out WIMTweak.
  3. Been awhile, happened to hit a link that brought me back, sadly the solution won't work for my needs, but great to see everything still going strong here after all these years.
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    Dropped in thought I'd say Hi

    Thanks, can't believe it has been 14 years since I started haunting the forum.
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    Drive not "seen" when laptop plugged in

    USBView shows everything the same for both the 8 and 32 gb drive except size and serial number. They are both 300 mA devices, which should not be an issue I have a 64gb thumb drive the tools says uses 498 mA and that drive works without issue but is a different flavor of Kingston drive from the other two.
  6. Ok, so I have a number of 32gb DataTraveler 100 G3 thumbdrives, they boot either WinPE 3 or 4, and using the HKEY_Local_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\PEBootRamdiskSourceDrive" to find the assigned driver letter and change it to a fixed letter so we don't accidentally wipe the USB drive if the internal hard drive has no partitions. So on some laptop machines if the power adapter is plugged in the referenced registry value is not created, even if you use "WPEUTIL UpdateBootInfo" to force the creation of it. If the machine is running off of battery it seems to always work fine, issue comes when the machine has a dead battery and can not be run without the power adapter. Another interesting thing to note is that I have the same thumbdrive in an 8gb version and this issue does not happen with that drive. Anyone see this before or have any idea, I've beat my head against it for three days now with no luck.
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    Drive not "seen" when laptop plugged in

    1. Both the 8 and 32 are detected as removable disk. 3. Different partition size on the 32gb drive, made no difference. 6. Makes no difference if the battery is removed, still does not work.
  8. IcemanND

    Drive not "seen" when laptop plugged in

    Yeah, it has been so rare that it has been an issue for me I forgot about that. Soon as I finish creating installers this morning I'm going to investigate this and the other items.
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    Drive not "seen" when laptop plugged in

    Tough to fit a 16gb image file on a 1gb USB stick for offline imaging.
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    Drive not "seen" when laptop plugged in

    1. Not sure, not an easy thing to check when booted to WinPE, but I will check that tomorrow, in PE and installed OS. 2. Both are partitioned using the same diskpart script: Sel disk 4 clean create part pri sel part 1 active format fs=ntfs quick assign then the WinPE files are copied over. 3. No i have not I will attempt that in the morning also. 4. Never reported by anyone with desktops. 5. Yes, card reads have never been an issue. 6. I can try that tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestions, this has been a fun one to track down.
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    Disk Imaging Software

    I've been tasked with testing other disk imaging solutions to see if we stay with what we are using, Ghost, or move to something with more better features less expensive, you know the drill. So far I have found the following products, some freeware, some commercial. Are there any I have missed? I am only concerned with utilities to create disk images for windows based machines, disk to disk cloning is not a requirement but it is a benefit, image creation is a requiement. If they do others that is fine. And if we want to make this the find them all repository I will gladly add more to the list that serve other functionality and break the lists up. When my project is finished I'll post the resulting functionality comparison here for all to enjoy. Disk Imaging Products: R-Drive - http://www.drive-image.com/ Acronis TrueImage - http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/choose-trueimage/ Symantec Norton Ghost - http://www.symantec.com/smb/products/overv...&pvid=ghost DriveImage XML - http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm SelfImage - http://selfimage.excelcia.org/ NFGDump - http://sourceforge.net/projects/nfgdump/ PartImage - http://www.partimage.org/Main_Page Ping (Partimage is not Ghost) (same as Partimage?) - http://ping.windowsdream.com/ imageIT - http://www.synergix.com/v1/imageit.htm Frisbee - http://www.cs.utah.edu/flux/papers/frisbee...nix03-base.html Drive Snapshot - http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/ Image for Dos - http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image.html Image for Windows - http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/imagew.html ImageX - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en O&O Diskimage 2 - http://www.oo-software.com/home/en/products/oodiskimage/ DuBaron DiskImage - http://dubaron.com/diskimage/ DrvImagerXp - http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-U...vImagerXP.shtml (developer site appears to be defunct) Partition Saving - http://www.partition-saving.com/ g4u - http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/ dsfok - http://members.ozemail.com.au/~nulifetv/fr...freeware/#dsfok Perfect Image - http://shop.avanquest.com/uk/prod.php?pid=...AQ_UK_AD_AQHOME Paragon Hard disk manager - http://www.paragon-software.com/hdm/home/personal/ Paragon Deployment Manager - http://www.deployment-manager.com/ Paragon Drive Backup - http://www.drive-backup.com/home/personal/ 7tools Partition Imager - http://www.7tools.de/pi/index.htm Dfsee - http://www.dfsee.com/dfsee/ Active Disk Image - http://www.disk-image.net/drive-image.htm Desktop Authority Image Center - http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/deskto...ty/imagecenter/ Clonezilla - http://clonezilla.sourceforge.net/ WinImage - http://www.winimage.com/ CloneGenius - http://www.clonegenius.com/ Disk Cloning Products: Ontrack DiskManager (OEM versions supplied with drives) - http://www.ontrack.com/diskmanager/ WinDD - http://sourceforge.net/projects/windd/ HDClone - http://www.miray.de/products/sat.hdclone.html XXCopy - http://www.xxcopy.com/index.htm clone maxx - http://www.pcinspector.de/clone-maxx/uk/welcome.htm Trinity Rescue Kit - http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?wpid=1&front_id=12
  12. IcemanND

    Office 2013 Slient Switch

    Did you add anything else to the Updates folder? Your answer file needs to be the first file listed alphabetically. Then all you need to do is run Setup.exe, no switch required. If you put the answer file elsewhere or it is not the first MSP file in the updates folder you need to use the adminfile switch.
  13. There is really no need to inject most drivers into the image. Only drivers you would really need to do this with are boot critical drivers, and I have yet to find any at least for the systems I support. I just copy the unpacked drivers into a sub-folder structure of c:\windows\inf then sysprep and capture. One caveat, this works best if you are not mixing chipsets, some Intel devices end up with the incorrect AMD driver if it happens to be available.
  14. Are you running this with admin rights from a CMD window or just double clicking?
  15. There are a number of developers around that lend a hand.
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    Domain Background GPO Annoyance

    Are you using Computer or User Group Policy Preferences? User won't have rights to right to system32.
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    What SSD should I get?

    I've installed over 60 of the Crucial M4 SSDs in 128 & 256mb sizes without any issues. Just be sure to keep the ROM updated on any drive you get. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-benchmark,3269.html
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    running script over reboot

    True, autologon would be needed, he would need it for his initial thoughts also. Getting scripts to run as desired can be tricky when done as a service. The Scheduled task at startup is a nice idea though, depends upon what he needs to do and under what user context.
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    running script over reboot

    Put the script in the registry run key, write a registry entry somewhere for your countdown. Delete the run key value after reaching zero. Or put it in the runonce or runonceex key and rewrite it to the runonce key after each run until the count is zero, again tracking via a registry value.
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    WinPE 3.0 and Powershell

    Strange. It added all of the carriage returns when I tested it before posting otherwise I would have added them.
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    WinPE 3.0 and Powershell

    It doesn't like the default unicode encoding of out-file. It also appears to have a problem with the file being "open" at the same time you are writing to it, though since the default startnet.cmd file only has the one wpeinit line it may not make a difference to you. Personally I would replace this: Get-Content $cmd | Where {$_ -ne "wpeinit"} | Out-File $cmd Write-Output "@echo off" >> $cmd Write-Output "echo Inititalizing WinPE ..." >> $cmd Write-Output "wpeinit" >> $cmd Write-Output "echo Initialized!" >> $cmd Write-Output "echo Connecting to Image Server ..." >> $cmd Write-Output "net use Z: `"\\SRHS-SUP-FS\Desktop Support\Images`"" >> $cmd Write-Output "echo Connected!" >> $cmd Write-Output "cd /d Z:\" >> $cmd Write-Output "echo Launching GUI Interface ..." >> $cmd Write-Output "index.hta" >> $cmd With something like this: $startnet = Get-Content $cmd | Where {$_ -ne "wpeinit"} $startnet += "@echo off" $startnet += "echo Inititalizing WinPE ..." $startnet += "wpeinit" $startnet += "echo Initialized!" $startnet += "echo Connecting to Image Server ..." $startnet += "net use Z: `"\\SRHS-SUP-FS\Desktop Support\Images`"" $startnet += "echo Connected!" $startnet += "cd /d Z:\" $startnet += "echo Launching GUI Interface ..." $startnet += "index.hta" Out-File -filepath $cmd -InputObject $startnet -Encoding ASCII
  22. Assuming a Windows machine I would use Robocopy not xcopy. And as long as the source drive has no files in use it should work fine. Most of your disk cloning software will do this also when booted from external media.
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    Date/Time on PC Network

    I assume you tired the above without success in Vista? I no longer run any vista systems so I have no way to check or test. Alternatively you can open gpedit.msc and browse to the same setting: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment As far as I know this is in every NT based OS.
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    Date/Time on PC Network

    open SECPOL.MSC under Security settings - Local Policies - User Rights Assignment Add the users/groups you want to have access to change time to: - Change the System Time - Change the Time zone
  25. You could change the executionplocy for the machine by opening powershell as admin and setting the policy. Though it looks like that is what the are trying todo with the PS_Console.reg import. Are you running this script as admin?