SCCM Tools : Collection Context Menu Tools


var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; SCCM/SMS has a very nice feature enabling you to extend its context menu. The first extension that I used was 'SMSSEND.VBS' for SMS 2003, it was a very useful toolkit which encouraged me to learn how to add some tools of my own. Since then many more tools were published on the net, a very good tools pack can be downloaded from Rick Houchins Blog. My SCCM tool collection (those I collected and those I wrote) were based on VBS,Batch and HTA, so Shay Levy my friend and...

SCCM 2012 Beta 2 changes overview Part 6 – Applications


var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; previous post - SCCM 2012 Beta 2 changes overview Part 5 – Inventory Application Deployment A new object was added to the SCCM console , named “Applications”, a very interesting replacement to the old deployment mechanism. The new system offers an alternative way to deploy various applications types (EXE,Script,MSI…). The new Software Catalog, the jewel in the crown, serves as deployment web site and can ease administrator workload – users can do the work themselves.  Nevertheless the old package deployment was not removed and was subject to...
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PowerShell : AT Commands Module


var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; AT Command is an old DOS external command (not included in which enables users to schedule tasks on local/remote computer. You can use the AT command to schedule a command, a script, or a program to run at a specified date and time. You can also use this command to view existing scheduled tasks (Only AT Tasks).   Differences between OS versions Task scheduler in Vista and above needs to be refreshed in order to display new tasks, whereas...

SCCM : Copy and Paste, context menu add-on V1.5


var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; Since I first published the post about the Copy & Paste tool, I received many nice comments, thank you all for your kind words. Nevertheless, your feedbacks made me realize that my tool requires some changes.     The new version includes the following : Set-ExecutionPolicy – You do not need to change your PowerShell 'Execution Policy', in order to run the tool Hidden Console – The "CMD" console is hidden from...

Free-Tool : Ping-them


var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; Occasionally I need to ping a group of computers to make sure they are alive, in fact pinging is the first operation for many remote tasks : cleaning Active Directory, running scripts, discovery operations, WMI queries, installing applications and more. I wrote a small tool based on PowerShell and windows forms, which can ping a list of computers and display the results in different columns.   Creating a computer list You can add computer names manually, by writing...

SCCM 2012 Beta 2 changes overview Part 5 – Inventory


previous post - SCCM 2012 Beta 2 changes overview Part 4 – RemoteTools In the past I extended my SCCM 2007 hardware inventory, following Microsoft's procedure, which was not very intuitive and required manual edit of the 'SMS_def.mof' text file. Adding new hardware classes to my inventory was more complex because I needed to find the right WMI class, edit another text file (Configuration.mof) and check my file structure with 'mofcomp.exe' command. SCCM 2012 offers a much easier way to do this via the user interface: Enabling Device Properties ...
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Free-Tool : Database Browser


var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; While surfing the internet I found a very interesting tool I would like to share with you. Database Browser is an easy to use, free portable tool, which can connect to a variety of database types and browse or modify data, run SQL scripts, export and print data.   This tool is free and portable The browser supports variety of direct databases connections : ...
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SCCM 2012 Beta 2 changes overview Part 4 – Remote Tools


var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; previous post - SCCM 2012 Beta 2 changes overview Part 3 – discovery SCCM is a system management enterprise application and among other features should, in my opinion, provide a strong and powerful remote tools solution. Unfortunately, SCCM 2012 is quite disappointing in that respect (In comparison to other tools), BUT , nevertheless, some features are worth noting… Client definitions The most significant change is the ability to create several different agent settings. You can create a new Remote tools definitions object , as an addition...
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Free-Tool : How to shrink pictures’ file size


var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true}; On some occasions we want to send pictures/snapshots via email or upload several pictures to a web site, but the files size exceeds the allowed limit. IrfanView is a small FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer which has vast capabilities, one of this useful features let us reduce the file size by resizing the pictures size. This process can also be run as a batch job to include a list of files (pictures) : Download IrfanView from here and install it...
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