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  1. keythom

    Shrink PE2.0?

    Very nice improvement. My tftp downloads are about 25% faster when shrunk using the JAZKAL instructions. The download time is about 30 seconds now for the 115MB winpe20.wim image. Thank you, Fisher
  2. In WinPE 2.0, I get the Access Denied error when starting an HTA from a non-system drive like a mapped drive or removable media device. Try launching the HTA from a location on the system drive, should be X:.
  3. Here's an embarrassing attempt at a graphic explanation if it helps any. I'm sorry for any harm to your eyes. Please let me know if you try this and if you have any trouble, I'll try to help. For the imaging to launch, you'll need to put the ghost files into \program files\ghost8\ or set the location in the HTA. There is a comment at the top with the line number for that. I'll update when I have some imageX incorporated. For testing I map the drive to the ghost images location as it is set in our PE image and launch the HTA on my normal workstation. I did work for a long time using some .NET classes and was very disappointed when I ran it on WinPE though. have a great weekend! Fisher
  4. Most of the WinPE help seems to tend toward advanced plug-ins to create a live cd desktop. I like that too, but my main need at work is maintaining a simple and easy imaging platform for technicians. If anyone is looking for something like that, here is my first stab at a solution. Some features: dynamically creates image options from directory structure = easy updating, no editing WinPE image displays a separate details panel for each image for in-depth image info, version history, notes, etc relies on a basic WinPE 2.0 image with only stock add-ins = easy to build and maintain To begin, you'll need a working WinPE 2.0 with WMI, Scripting, XML, HTA packages installed. Networking needs to be functional also. There is a ton of help on this site and others for getting that far. I really recommend the PXE or RIS/WDS bootable WIM setup. Add a line in the startnet.cmd to create a mapped drive to your image location, example: net use z: \\server\imageShare In the image share location, create a new directory for the imaging HTA to use, example: z:\winpe This path is hardcoded into the HTA and you may need to change it for your situation, see notes in HTA itslef. Referring to the screencap above and using the example mapped drive z:, here is a description of how things should work: category buttons (Dell WS, HP WS,...) are generated from subdirectory names in z:\winpe shortcut links in category subdirs point to image targets radio button entries are created from shortcut links in each category subdir radio button names are created from description field of shortcut details for each image are linked from an .htm file with the same name as the .gho target When creating shortcut links, be sure to use the mapped drive path instead of a unc path. The quick and easy way I have made the details files is saving from Excel as .htm. Name it the same as a .gho and it should display, sometimes takes a little experimenting to make it look right. An obvious upgrade would be to use a nice spreadsheet control or something, but I took the simple way. We'll be using ImageX for more images pretty soon and this interface should be easy to adapt for that also because the buttons are only command lines actually. Hope this can help some people. I'm no web designer or code engineer, so there is a lot to be improved but it is meeting our needs currently. Thank you, Fisher if you like the backgound in there, here it is: http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u290/keythom/pe.jpg Here is the HTA code: <html> <!-- '******************************************************************** '* '* File: wizard.hta '* Author: greg & fisher '* Created: Mar 2007 '* Modified: '* Version: .9 '* '* Description: windows imaging platform '* '* Dependencies: tested on and for WinPE 2.0 with WMI, Scripting, '* XML, HTA packages '* Notes: Line 26 - might want to make this "normal" when you are '* testing and don't want the hta fullscreen '* Line 58 - customize your headings here '* Line 72, 101 - confirm directory.name path, this would be a mapped '* drive to the filer where the images shorcut dir is '* Line 193 - confirm background image source location '* Line 200 - confirm path to ghost executable '* '******************************************************************** --> <!****************************************************************************> <!* HTA Header > <!****************************************************************************> <HEAD> <TITLE>Imaging Application</TITLE> <HTA:APPLICATION BORDER = None APPLICATION = Yes WINDOWSTATE = normal INNERBORDER = No SHOWINTASKBAR = Yes SCROLL = No APPLICATIONNAME = "Windows PE Wizard" NAVIGABLE = Yes > <!-- external stylesheet --> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="htaStyle.css" /> </HEAD> <!****************************************************************************> <!* Begin Script > <!****************************************************************************> <script Language=VBScript> '**************************************************************************** '* Globals '* setup global script parameters '**************************************************************************** Option Explicit Dim strTaskValue, objShell, objFso, strBody, objWmiService Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Set objFso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Set objWMIService = GetObject ("winmgmts:\\.\root\cimv2") '**************************************************************************** '* Window_OnLoad '* load up behavior and preferences '**************************************************************************** Sub Window_Onload self.Focus() strBody = "<H1>PE Build and Recovery Environment</H1>" &_ "<H2>Select Images to apply an OS image using Ghost.<BR><BR>" &_ "Please select an image category:<BR><BR>" enumDirs End Sub '**************************************************************************** '* enumDirs '* find directories and create category buttons '**************************************************************************** Sub enumDirs Dim colSubfolders, objFolder, fileName 'enumerate folders in images folder Set colSubfolders = objWMIService.ExecQuery _ ("Associators of {Win32_Directory.Name='z:\winpe'} Where AssocClass = Win32_Subdirectory ResultRole = PartComponent") 'create html buttons from each folder name For Each objFolder in colSubfolders fileName = objFolder.fileName strBody = strBody &_ "<button id='" & fileName & "' onClick='enumImages("" & fileName & "")'>" & fileName & "</BUTTON>" Next 'post resulting html body to document strBody = strBody & "<BR><HR><BR>" body.innerHTML = strBody End Sub '**************************************************************************** '* enumImages '* find images and create radio buttons '**************************************************************************** 'this sub is a little messy because of limitations of win32_shortcutfile and need to go between fso and wmi for different info 'also, without the advantages of .net sorting classes, the old bubble sorting is not the funnest Sub enumImages(fileName) Dim colFilelist, objFile, strButtons, objShortcut, colTargetList, objTarget, x, y, strKey, strItem ReDim arrButtons(1,-1) 'reset display element style details.innerHTML = "" details.style.visibility = "hidden" ' strButtons = "<table id=buttonTable>" 'enumerate ghost image shortcuts in specific images subfolder from enumDirs Set colFileList = objWMIService.ExecQuery _ ("ASSOCIATORS OF {Win32_Directory.Name='z:\winpe\" & fileName & "'} Where ResultClass = CIM_DataFile") 'find ghost image shortcut targetpath (fso) For each objFile in colFileList If objFile.Extension = "lnk" Then Set objShortcut = objShell.CreateShortcut(objFile.name) 'find ghost image shortcut target (wmi) Set colTargetList = objWMIService.ExecQuery _ ("Select * from CIM_Datafile Where name = '" & replace(objShortcut.targetpath,"\","\\") & "'") 'add radio button label (from fso) and radio button target (from wmi) to an array For each objTarget in colTargetList ReDim Preserve arrButtons(1,UBound(arrButtons,2)+1) arrButtons(0,UBound(arrButtons,2)) = objShortcut.Description arrButtons(1,UBound(arrButtons,2)) = "<Input type=radio name=radioList id='" & objTarget.Drive & objTarget.Path & objTarget.fileName &_ "' onClick=showRadioInfo>" & objShortcut.Description & "</BUTTON><BR>" Next End If Next 'perform a a shell sort of the string array based on button label For x = 0 To UBound(arrButtons,2) - 1 For y = x To UBound(arrButtons,2) If StrComp(arrButtons(0,x),arrButtons(0,y),vbTextCompare) > 0 Then strKey = arrButtons(0,x) strItem = arrButtons(1,x) arrButtons(0,x) = arrButtons(0,y) arrButtons(1,x) = arrButtons(1,y) arrButtons(0,y) = strKey arrButtons(1,y) = strItem End If Next Next 'create combined buttons html code from sorted buttons array For x = 0 To UBound(arrButtons,2) strButtons = strButtons & "<tr><td id=buttonTd>" & arrButtons(1,x) & "</td></tr>" Next ' strButtons = strButtons & "</table>" 'create a start button with start image command and append and post resulting html to body body.innerHTML = strBody & strButtons & "<BR><HR><BR><button id=start Accesskey=S onclick=doTask(strTaskValue)><U>S</U>tart Image!</BUTTON><BR>" start.style.visibility="hidden" End Sub '**************************************************************************** '* doTask '* run task selected by radio button '**************************************************************************** Sub doTask(doMe) objShell.Run doMe End Sub '**************************************************************************** '* showRadioInfo '* display details of radio button selection in details divider '**************************************************************************** Sub showRadioInfo Dim objTextFile, Radio, strRadioValue, strDetails 'set details and start element styles details.style.visibility = "visible" start.style.visibility = "visible" 'find checked button For Each Radio in Document.getElementsByName("radioList") If Radio.Checked = True Then 'create imaging command line from button id strTaskValue = Chr(34) & "%programfiles%\ghost8\ghost32.exe" & Chr(34) & " -clone,mode=restore,src=" & Chr(34) & Radio.Id & ".gho" & Chr(34) & ",dst=1" 'display image details in details element if they exist If objFso.FileExists(Radio.Id & ".htm") Then Set objTextFile = objFso.OpenTextFile(Radio.Id & ".htm", 1) strDetails = objTextFile.ReadAll() Else 'display error message in details element if no matching details file found strDetails = "Can't find anything!!!<BR><BR>" &_ "Make sure the info file has the same name as the .gho and has an .htm extension." End If End If Next 'post resulting html to details element Details.innerHTML = strDetails End Sub '**************************************************************************** '* Reset '* reset the tool interface, also reloads the code (helpful for programming) '**************************************************************************** Sub Reset Location.Reload(True) End Sub </Script> <!****************************************************************************> <!* End Script / Begin HTML > <!****************************************************************************> <BODY> <DIV id=bg> <img src=winpe.bmp> </DIV> <DIV id=body></DIV> <DIV id=details></DIV> <DIV id=tools> <Button id=ghost onclick=doTask('"%programfiles%\ghost8\ghost32.exe"')>Ghost</BUTTON> <Button id=cmd onclick=doTask('%comspec%')> Cmd </BUTTON> <Button id=notepad onclick=doTask('notepad')> Notepad </BUTTON> <Button id=taskmgr onclick=doTask('taskmgr')> Taskmgr </BUTTON> <Button id=close onclick=self.close()> Quit </BUTTON> <Button id=reset onclick=reset> ResetApp </BUTTON> <Button id=reboot onclick=self.navigate('reboot.hta')> Reboot </BUTTON> </DIV> </BODY> </HTML> <!****************************************************************************> <!* End HTML > <!****************************************************************************> wizard.hta.txt htaStyle.css reboot.hta.txt
  5. Can anyone provide info on the possibility of renaming a workgroup xp machine without a reboot? I'm interested in booting a static xp image (.iso, vmware, virtualpc) and being able to give it a name when it starts. I don't care about ad or domains in this case. Thanks!
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