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Sysprep Creator Wizard 4.1.1.0

Scripting Ninjas is happy to announce Sysprep Creator 4.1.1.0

Download Link: https://support.quest.com/download-install-detail/6085104

Note: KACE Support Credentials are required.

Purpose:
Sysprep Creator is designed to assist with the creation of unattend.xml answer files to be leveraged by Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Instruction:

      1. Launch Sysprep Creator
      2. You will be prompted with a UI, choose the OS and Architecture to build an unattend.xml.
      3. Another UI with a total of 8 tabs appears with settings, which will need to be populated.
      4. Choose where to save the unattend.xml and if selected in step 2 the sysprep executor.
      5. Copy the unattend.xml (and sysprep_executor.exe if selected) to the machine in which you wish to sysprep.

      Release Notes:
      Due to Windows permissions, if the unattend.xml file is located at the root of the “System Drive”,
      sysprep_executor.exe will not be able to cleanup/delete it. 


      4.1.1.0 [02/13/2018]
      -Automatically disable Windows Defender
      -added a few more provisioned apps (BubbleSaga, DisneyMagicKingdoms)

      4.1.0.1
      -fixed issue with upgrade version
      -removed MiracastView from provisioned apps as it could not be removed

      4.1.0.0 [01/03/2018]
      -Add additional provisioned apps to be removed prior to sysprep (ESMCS-360)
      -tiledatamodelsvc setting has changed in Windows 10 1709 update (ESMCS-259)
      -beginning with Windows 10, version 1607, sysprep can be used to prepare an image that has been upgraded (ESMCS-358)
      -cancelling dialog on saving unattend quits the application (ESMCS-356)

      4.0.0.0 [03/22/2017]

      -sysprep creator no longer uses templates, each XML file is built from scratch
      -added Czech Republic to Location and language choices (ESMCS-229)
      -added countless Time Zones
      -added the ability to set taskbar links based on https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715544.aspx
      -added the ability to set OEM Information based on https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff716332.aspx
      -added some OOBE options
      -added IE options, based on https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715726.aspx
      -added the ability to set a predetermined KMS key based on https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx
      -added checking or Candy Crush, Twitter, AdobePhotoshopExpress, EclipseManager, ActiproSoftwareLLC, PandoraMediaInc, MicrosoftPowerBIForWindows, Microsoft.NetworkSpeedTest, Microsoft.Office.Sway, RoyalRevolt2, Minecraft, Facebook, ParadiseBay
       with the ability to remove them with executor prior to sysprepping (ESMCS-246)
      -fixed an issue with Spanish locale not being put in correctly (ESMCS-257)
      -moved installer to service.kace.com to avoid third paty site (ESMCS-261)
      -added check for Executor to check if tiledatamodelsvc running, if so, we set the service to disabled, and require a reboot. Upon running executor again, the service will be set to automatic, but not started
      -added ability to change Control Panel View and Icon Size
      -removed Network setting when building Windows 10 unattend as it is depricated
      -added ability to disable consumer feature from Windows 10 Enterprise
      -updated to check for KACE 7.0 agent
      -rebranded to Quest


      3.7.2.1 [02/03/2016]
      ****This update will need to be downloaded manually from http://www.scriptingninjas.com/scripts/sysprep_creator/sysprep_creator_installer.exe
      or click download and when it is completed, select 'No' for installing, this will copy the new installer to the desktop
      -fixed issue with update mechanism
      -fixed an issue in which a Windows 8 unattend was being produced instead of Windows 7 unattend.


      3.7.2.0 [01/16/2016]

      Windows 10 support
      Enlarged the UI
      Made UI look more like the K2000
      Added a warning if an unattend.xml file already exists in the location chosen to save
      Added a log file to %systemdrive%\ProgramData\Dell\KACE\Logs
      Sysprep Executor empties the recyle bin and cleans up previous logs/files and archives them in %systemdrive%\ProgramData\Dell\KACE\Logs
      Sysprep Executor Checklist - A checklist designed to make sure that System Imaging Best Practices are being followed according to
                      -The device should not be joined to a domain
                      -WMP Service should be disabled (query of WMPNetworkSvc Service)
                      -The Dell | KACE agent should not be installed
                      -No drive emulation application should exit on the device (Virtual Clonedrive, DAEMON Tools, Magic ISO)
                      -No antivirus can be detected
                              Checked via WMI
                              http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/153365-detect-antivirus/
                      -VMWare Tools should not be installed
                      -Bitlocker can not be enabled
                              Checked via WMI, if protection status is set to 0 on they %systemdrive%
                      -No reboots can be pending
                              HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\UpdateExeVolatile
                              HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\PendingFileRenameOperations
                              https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc164360%28v=exchg.80%29.aspx
                      -Rearm count has to be higher than 1
                              -See https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/f8c7833b-58f0-43b4-a93a-b1a1689ecaf5/created-windows-7-image-with-expired-sysprep-rearm-count?forum=w7itproinstall and http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2011/05/11/sysprep-skiprearm-and-image-build-best-practices.aspx for more information
                      -Valid source media must be detected (Not OEM or Retail)
                              HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Pid\Pid
                              http://www.itninja.com/question/how-to-trace-windows-licenses-in-different-types-oem-open-license-full-pack-etc
                      -Machine should not be upgraded from a previous version of Windows
      If the machine has been upgraded, sysprep executor can only quit, it will not sysprep
      If the device has bitlocker is enabled, or antivirus is installed, the user must quit Executor and fix these issues manually
      If none of the above are an issue, but WMP Service is running, VMWare Tools is installed, or drive emulation software is installed, a fix it button will be active.
      If the Fix it button is used, the uninstaller will launch, but will require some interaction from the user to complete the uninstall.

      3.1.0.0 [03/06/2015]
      -Changed installer so that it only installs where the script is run.
      -Changed sysprep_executor shutdown/reboot options to radio buttons
      -Changed sysprep_executor so the the unattend file is moved to \windows\system32\sysprep directory.
      -Changed sysprep_executor to have the sysprep commandline run the shutdown or reboot command.
      -Changed sysprep_executor so that the GUI goes away when sysprep run.
      -fixed issue where sysprep_executor was not deleting itself.
      -fixed issue where autologon would not set correctly if anything other than 0-9 was selected.
      -added the option to delete sysprep_creator after completion so that it didn't have to remain on image.

      3.0.0.1
      -New Installer with Check for Updates Feature
      -New Sysprep Executor Option
      -Windows 8 Support
      -Field Checking
      -Persistent Plug and Play Device Option
      -Windows Activation Option
      -Activation Rearm Option
      -Sysprep Unattend Cleanup Option
      Bug Fixes:
      Fixed Join Domain double quote issue
      Fixed International Time Zone issue

      Please report bugs/feature request to corey@scriptingninjas.com and kent@scriptingninjas.com

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      ITNinja Update 2/28/18

      Hello Ninjas!

      We are going to be scheduling a release that will hopefully clear up a few minor issues that have been occurring this week on the site. I appreciate those of you that have provided feedback. As always if you are encountering an issue don't hesitate to reach out through our contact us page.

      Have a great day!
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      ScriptLogic and Realtimepublishers Launch Windows Desktop Administration eBook

      http://scriptlogic.com/eng/pressroom/PressReleases/PR-2003-01-28.asp

      Definitive Guide is a Must Read for Every Network Administrator

      Pompano Beach, FL – January 28, 2003 – ScriptLogic Corporation (www.scriptlogic.com), the leader in desktop administration software for Windows-based networks, and Realtimepublishers.com, Inc., the worldwide leader in corporate sponsored e-publishing, today announced the release of The Definitive Guide to Windows Desktop Administration. This new eBook, sponsored by ScriptLogic and authored by Bob Kelly, one of the industry’s top Windows management experts, provides valuable guidance and real-world examples for creating an efficient desktop administration plan.

      “We are very excited to sponsor The Definitive Guide to Windows Desktop Administration,” said Jason Judge, CEO of ScriptLogic Corporation. “This eBook provides its readers with great, practical information about how to lower the total cost of ownership of their Windows-based networks-- something we know a lot about. The eBook complements our goal of helping customers reduce the time and money spent maintaining their networks.”

      The Definitive Guide to Windows Desktop Administration examines the life cycle of Windows desktop administration from the initial OS deployment to change management through best practices. Topics included in this eBook will help readers learn how to do the following:

      Reduce Help desk and administration costs and increase user productivity

      Define and automate administration tasks using the latest tools and technologies

      Manage security with Group Policy and desktop lockdown

      Manage user profiles and map network resources

      Embrace ‘best practices’ and script custom solutions

      Exclusive to ScriptLogic, The Definitive Guide to Windows Desktop Administration will be published on a chapter-by-chapter basis, as it is written, providing an in-depth look at how to manage the Windows desktop. Registered readers will receive email notification when each chapter of the eBook is made available for download. Readers can register now for the eBook at www.scriptlogic.com/ebook.

      “ScriptLogic is a well established leader in the Windows desktop administration arena and we are very excited to be partnering with them to make The Definitive Guide to Windows Desktop Administration available to our readers,” said Sean Daily, CEO of Realtimepublishers. “In these challenging economic times, it is even more important for enterprises to reduce TCO through efficient desktop administration and we know our readers will appreciate this free resource.”

      The Definitive Guide Series

      The Definitive Guide eBook series provides timely IT content written for technical professionals, including system administrators, senior IT personnel, advanced users, and consultants. The titles in this series provide a wealth of information that goes beyond whatÂ’s found in product manuals and white papers, and are written by expert authors who are veterans in their respective fields. The Definitive Guide series, like all RealtimepublishersÂ’ series, are high-quality eBooks that are free to readers on the Web sites of industry-leading, high-tech companies around the world.

      About The Author

      Bob Kelly is the founder of AppDeploy.com and author of an upcoming book about the KiXtart scripting language. Bob is recognized as an industry expert in the area of application and OS deployment—writing, speaking and consulting on these and other related topics. With 13 years of experience in engineering and support, he currently works as the principal consultant in the support of several enterprise networks providing scripting, repackaging, migration, and implementation services at Integrated Data Systems in Chantilly, VA

      About ScriptLogic

      ScriptLogic Corporation is the leader in desktop administration software for Microsoft Windows-based networks. ScriptLogic, its award-winning, patent-pending, flagship product is the first commercial software to combine logon scripting, group policies and user profile management – into an intuitive graphical management console supporting all 32-bit Windows platforms (95, 98, Me, NT, 2000 and XP). An innovative, multi-functional solution, ScriptLogic eliminates redundant tasks, repeated trips to each desktop, maintaining multiple batch files and many other time consuming, labor-intensive activities – leaving IT staff free to concentrate on more critical issues. With deployments ranging from 10 to over 40,000 seats, ScriptLogic offers significant benefits to any size network. ScriptLogic, a privately held company, is headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida and can be reached at (954) 861-2300 and on the web at www.scriptlogic.com.

      About Realtimepublishers.com

      Realtimepublishers.com is the worldwide leader in corporate-sponsored e-publishing. The company is revolutionizing the publishing industry through its unique approach of creating high-quality titles and publishing them at no charge to readers on the Web sites of industry-leading companies around the world. Current Realtimepublishers eBook sponsors include Citrix Systems, Microsoft, NetIQ, New Moon Systems, Quest Software, Aelita, and more. For information about Realtimepublishers and available eBooks, please visit www.realtimepublishers.com.

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      NetPoint Beta 1.1 Released!

      http://www.neutex.net

      June 14, 2006 – System administrators have always been faced with the complexities of tracking hardware and software installed on their networks. Neutex Systems today announces the release of NetPoint Beta 1.1, a complete hardware and software inventory system available for free to the general public at http://www.neutex.net.

      “Conventional network inventory systems have amplified the complexities system administrators face in day to day operations. These systems typically require agents on remote systems, training, hours to implement, and are not cost effective. NetPoint addresses these problems by offering a web based network inventory system equipped with automated system discovery, agentless polling, and can be implemented in minutes. This simplified approach will appeal to many system administrators seeking to simplify their network operations.” says Shannon Ma, Founder of Neutex Systems.

      NetPoint tracks 18 different hardware and software components that have been installed and uninstalled. These components consist of: BIOS, CDROM Drive, Disk Drive, Floppy Drive, Logical Disk, Memory, Modem, Monitor, Network Adapter, Operating System, Patch, Printer, Processor, Program, Sound Device, System, Video Controller, and Windows Service.

      For more information please visit http://www.neutex.net.

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      A solution to remotely deploy the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack

      http://www.isdecisions.com/en/software/remoteexec/microsoft-office-2007-compatibility-pack.htm

      IS Decisions (http://www.isdecisions.com) announces the availability of software enabling instant remote deployment of MicrosoftÂ’s Compatibility Pack for Office 2007.

      THE ISSUE

      All Word, Excel or PowerPoint files created with Office 2007 will not be accessible to users running older versions of MicrosoftÂ’s office suite (Office 2000, XP, 2003).

      In the near future this incompatibility can potentially generate serious communication problems for organizations as Office 2007 slowly gets rolled out worldwide.

      Thus a Word 2003 user receiving by email a file in Word 2007 format will not be able to open it, modify it or save it.

      MICROSOFTÂ’S SOLUTION

      To help their clients resolve the issue, Microsoft has made available a free “Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats”.

      This free download, available in several languages including French, effectively allows users who have installed it on their desktop to open, modify and save files in the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 formats.

      The Compatibility Pack can also be used with Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003 and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to display files saved in the new formats.

      However, the application needs installing on all relevant desktops and laptops.

      IS DECISIONSÂ’ SOLUTION

      In order to allow organizations using Office 2000, XP or 2003 to rapidly and cost effectively deploy the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack, IS Decisions is offering 15 day temporary RemoteExec licenses at an exceptional rate (pricing starting at $0.22 per target system).

      RemoteExec will deploy the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack within minutes on all the systems present in an environment, regardless of size.

      RemoteExec will execute the deployment remotely without requiring an agent or any prior manual intervention whatsoever on targeted systems. RemoteExec will log any systems on which the operation failed. The log can then be directly injected as a target list for a subsequent pass.

      HOW TOÂ…

      IS Decisions supplies a fully detailed reference guide explaining the installation of the Microsoft Office 2007 Compatibility Pack using a “15 day” RemoteExec license. The licenses can be purchased online via a secure payment center.

      Also, clients will be able to convert their “15 day” licenses to permanent licenses with a 10% discount off RemoteExec’s pricelist.

      Full details on IS Decisions site:

      http://www.isdecisions.com/en/software/remoteexec/microsoft-office-2007-compatibility-pack.htm

      ABOUT REMOTEEXEC

      Without requiring an agent or any prior manual intervention whatsoever on targeted systems RemoteExec allows you to instantly and remotely execute programs (.exe, .bat, .cmd), scripts (.vbs, .js), program associated file types (.txt, .doc, .wav, .reg, .inf, .msi, ...), to copy folder(s)/file(s), ...

      Using RemoteExec an administrator can:

      - Add/Modify/Delete registry keys and/or values

      - Install patches, Service Packs and hotfixes.

      - Deploy Windows Installer packages (MSI) in silent mode

      - Close down a custom selection of servers and desktops

      - Close a custom selection of user sessions

      - Reboot distant computers

      - Deploy and regularly synchronize data files and folders on remote systems

      - Modify the local administrator passwords on all workstations

      - Â…

      Full details about RemoteExec:

      http://www.isdecisions.com/en/logiciels/remoteexec/

      ABOUT IS DECISIONS:

      IS Decisions, founded in 2000 and based in Biarritz (France), specializes in editing security and change management solutions for Microsoft® Windows® infrastructures.

      The software developed by IS Decisions cover both domains with the following features:

      Security, by providing network administrators with the tools necessary for

      - proactive system auditing and analysis,

      - enhanced patch / application / data deployment and system action,

      - network access security, management and reporting,

      - sensitive data and process monitoring and enhanced alert triggering.

      Change Management, by giving network administrators the ways and means to easily and rapidly generate and maintain an updated, comprehensive knowledgebase of all managed resources, and by providing the technology to analyze, monitor and intervene instantly on these resources.

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