Set screen resolution in WinPE with qres

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi again.

Setting the right screen resolution in WinPE might seem like an easy task but as i found it its not… i tried all sort of ways, editing the unattend file, setting it with tasksequence variables and whatnot, all of them worked but it was a static value so it would set the same resolution for all models. This is an example of how you could do it, im sure that there are easier ways but i found this to be the best for me.

First download qres from some site, do a quick google search. copy it to you distribution share and create a vbs script with the following code.

On Error Resume Next
Const wbemFlagReturnImmediately = &h10
Const wbemFlagForwardOnly = &h20

arrComputers = Array("localhost")
For Each strComputer In arrComputers
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\CIMV2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_DisplayConfiguration", "WQL", _
wbemFlagReturnImmediately + wbemFlagForwardOnly)

If objItem.PelsWidth <= 800 then
set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1024 /y 768"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1280 /y 1024"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1280 /y 800"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1366 /y 768"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1400 /y 1050"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1600 /y 900"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1600 /y 1200"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1680 /y 1050"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1920 /y 1080"
oShell.run"qres.exe /x 1920 /y 1200"
end if
If objItem.BitsPerPixel < 32 then
set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
oShell.run"qres.exe /c:32"
end if
next

I added some standard resolutions for laptops and desktops but if you have more just add them to the script.
Now create a package with all the files and distribute it to you DP.

Open up a task sequence and add a “Run Command line step” and type in the name of the script you just created.
If you want add a Task Sequence Variable “IsVM equals false” this way it wont run if its a VM, i added it becouse it ran and changed the resolution to the highest resolution in the script and blew up the window so big that i couldn´t see the whole desktop.

Now save you Task Sequence and test it out. Make sure you have the correct display drivers in your boot image. in most cases it will work without them but in some cases specially with laptops it wont set the “optimized” resolution if the display driver is not present.

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Deploy .exe files as a MSI deployment type.

March 30, 2012 5 comments

Hello again.

I thought I would write about how to deploy an exe file as a “msi deployment type”. In many cases you don’t have access to a MSI file but still want to deploy it with all the cool features that an msi deployment type has.

First you need to .exe file of the application you want to deploy, put it under a folder in your deployment share.
for example I want to deploy Notepad++ for myself and a couple of colleagues, I could use a msi packager and create a msi package from scratch but that takes time and its such a small application that I just want to deploy to a handful of people in the IT department.

First go to Software Library > Application Management > Applications and if you want to create a new folder called IT.

Software Library

Right click the folder and choose “Create Application”

In the wizard click on “Manually specify the application information” and on the next screen input the application information

On the next screen select your language, Localized application name, User categories and browse to the .exe file to get the icon.

Catalog info

On the next screen press “Add..” this will open up a new window where we need to spevify all the information on the deployment type, so go ahead the choose “Manually specify the deployment type information”

Input a name for the application and choose language.

Now we need to input the installation information, first enter the location of the content. If you press “Browse” you will see that you can only pick MSI files so we need to manually input the installation command, in this case “notepad++.exe /S” if we want we can also specify the uninstall information, this is a little harder to find, in most cases there is a uninstall program in the installation folder, you could also check the registry for an uninstall command. In the screen below there is an error you need to type Uninstall.exe /S for it to uninstall silently.

Now press “Next”

The next step is to input information so that Configuration Manager knows if the application is already installed on the device we deploy to. So go ahead and press “Add Clause…”

In this case we specify a file present on the device if it’s already installed, if this was a MSI file it would import the product code. There is also an option to input registry information. Press OK > Next

Next step is to specify installation behavior. As everyone here want Notepad++ as you can’t live without it I choose “Install for system” and  “Whether or not a user is logged on” the most obvious difference between “Install for system” and “Install for user” is that if you install for system it will show up under Software Center and install for user will show up under the Application Catalog site.

On the next screen you can specify Requirements, I only want to deploy this if the user is a primary user for the device. So press “Add…” if you want to you can also add other requirements such as disk space, operating system, OU or even create your own custom requirement with a registry key, SQL query or LDAP query.

Now press OK > Next

Next screen is for dependencies, as this has no we skip this and press next. This can be very useful if you for example deploy Adobe flash player for Firefox you can here specify that for it to install Firefox has to be present on the device as without it it’s pretty useless.

Click “Next” on Summary, we are not back on the Create Application Wizard so just press “Next” and we are done.

Now all you need to do is distribute the content to your DP and deploy it to a Device, User or Group.

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System Center 2012!

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi.

My name is Magnus Lundgren I live in Sweden and work for a medium size company. And I thought I would share my experience with the System Center suite.

We are currently running System Center Configuration Manager and Operation Manager 2007.
And I must say I love it, and that’s why I’m in my lab right now are running System Center Configuration Manager, Operation Manager, Service Manager and Orchestrator RC and are planning on rolling then as they go RTM.

I’m no expert in any of the System Center products all I write about will be stuff I teach myself or find on other sites about System Center.

During my lab as I have time I will update with posts on the experience. Next blog will be about creating applications in SCCM with .exe files if an msi package is not available.

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