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Landesk Operating System Deployment

Windows XP – Remove 30 second time with Landesk OSD

I kept running into an issue where Windows XP would add a 30 second boot time, and I disliked have to manually go in and change it after the computer was done imaging. So with Landesk OSD this is what I did to fix it in the script.

Browse out to: \\landeskcoreserver\ldmain\landesk\files
edit the file *.inf example file name : XPDeploy-ACCOUNTING.inf
add this line: Command6=”bootcfg /timeout 0″
you’ll need to change the Command6 number accordingly to how many commands precede already. I added mine to Command6

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Operating System Deployment

Convert SATA IDE to AHCI aka – STOP 0x0000007B INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE

I recently formatted my IBM x220 into IDE on accident, and wanted to change it from IDE to AHCI. This was a simple procedure, noted by MS :

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

  • Exit all Windows-based programs.
  • Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  • If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  • Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
  • In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  • On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
  • Now as you reboot, make sure to change it to AHCI in BIOS, and voila, all should be working.

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    Operating System Deployment

    WinPE automatic windows 7 activation

    We run Landesk, using the HII (Hardware Independent Imaging), which is run within a WinPE environment. I ran into issues where Windows 7 would not auto activate, which was causing issues, as some of the techs were forgetting to activate windows 7. We have a lot of internet restricted users, so once logged in as that use, they would not be able to get activated themselves. What I found was very simple.

    The fix :

    On your windows 7 image, browse out to : C:\Windows\Setup\Scripts\ and create a file called SetupComplete.cmd. In that file, you want to put in :

    cscript C:\Windows\System32\Slmgr.vbs /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
    cscript C:\Windows\System32\Slmgr.vbs /ato

    You will want to put your CD Key in the area where x’s are. Now sysprep, and roll out a new build!

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    Software

    ATI/AMD 6950 crossfire flicker at desktop and in games with 2 monitors

    I have 2 x XFX 6950 2GB (reference) cards water cooled, great temps, great scores with a little overclock from within the CCC. I noticed a pretty bad flicker on both monitors when playing youtube/flash videos. I also noticed it when I was gaming (bad company 2, starcraft 2, League of Legends, etc). I tried new drivers (11.4, 11.5 + associated hotfixes), and I tried old 10.x drivers as well, with different crossfire profiles. I also tried running with 1 monitor, 1 gpu, etc.

    The Fix :

    Disable ATi overdrive in the CCC panel with driver 11.5 I am running solid, no more flickering! I then just use MSI Afterburner for my OC. I wrote a quick article on how to open up overclocking on there as well

    http://vivithemage.com/2011/03/enabling-unofficial-overclocking-in-msi-afterburner-2-1/

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    drivers

    ACPI SMO8800 driver missing for Dell E6410/E6420/E6510/E6520 – unknown device ACPI SMO8800

    We received a bunch of new Dell E6420’s at work, and needed to get them prepped for drivers and our image deployment. We run a deployment process through Landesk OSD, with HII (Hardware Independent Imaging), which basically means that we have 1 image for multiple model computers.

    I installed our basic Windows 7 Pro x32 image on the new machine, and was going through drivers that needed to be installed, and ran into one tricky one. In Device Manager, right-click the device and click Properties. Under the details tab, choose Hardware ID from the drop box. You’ll see something like ACPI\SMO8800 (that’s what the unknown device was on mine). Google that hardware ID and you’ll find that it’s an accelerometer, a device that detects when your laptop may be falling and instantly stops the hard disk so it isn’t damaged on impact.

    I went through and extracted the drivers for it in Windows 7 x86/x64, Vista x86/x64, and XP x86/x64. The zip file is 2.79 MB (2,926,227 bytes). You can download the drivers here : LINK IS DEAD

    All you have to do is extract it (I use 7zip), and navigate your update drivers to your respective OS version and x86/x64 version. If you want a more detailed write up on how to do it, with pictures, let me know.

    Hopefully this helps :).

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    Software

    Enabling “Unofficial Overclocking” in MSI Afterburner 2.1

    I was looking for the proper way to enable overclocking in MSI Afterburner 2.1, and found a guide for an old version, but figured out how to do it in 2.1.

    go to where your MSI Afterburner is installed, for me/default it’s :

    C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI Afterburner
    open MSIAfterburner.cfg with wordpad or notepad
    There are 2 lines we need to add to :

    under the line [ATIADLHAL]
    We need to replace UnofficialOverclockingEULA = and UnofficialOverclockingMode = 0 with :

    UnofficialOverclockingEULA = I confirm that I am aware of unofficial overclocking limitations and fully understand that MSI will not provide me any support on it
    UnofficialOverclockingMode = 1

    Save it, and you are good to go!

    This is what it looks like afterwards … OC options open right up.

    [zp src=”msi.jpg” album=”blog/etc” width=”500″]

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    Operating Systems Printers

    0x00000006 error (cannot connect to server) when trying to add printers

    Scenario :

    Dell E6410 with windows 7 PRO trying to add printer(s) – HP, from server xyz, returns error : Cannot Connect To Printer, when you expand you receive this code : 0x00000006

    [zp src=”printerror.jpg” album=”blog/etc” width=”500″]

    What I tried :

    Removing everything related to the printer in registry (F3 is your friend)
    Adding other printers from other print server (this worked)
    Re-adding computer to domain (was listed, but thought i’d try)

    Rebooted after each attempt as well.

    What finally worked :

    Going to :
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Providers\Client Side Rendering Print Provider\Servers
    and removing anything related to the xyz server, and it worked, did not even have to reboot. Connected, and started downloading drivers as it is supposed to.

    Hopefully this helps!

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    Software

    Looking to make a few bucks on your wordpress blog?

    I was looking for a nice way to implement Google AdSense, well, I looked through about 6 of them, and found my favorite.

    Quick AdSense by TechMilieu! www.techmilieu.com/quick-adsense

    The guys at Quick AdSense are not giving me anything, nor do they know I am posting this. I just wanted to say what my favorite AdSense implementation plugin for WordPress was.

    It allows you to easily put ads where you want, how you want. I especially loved the ease of widget use. I have it running on my site now, see for yourself!

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    Software

    Test your typing skills!

    I found this site : typingtest.com, it’s a fun way of testing how quickly you can read, and type what you read. It’s not really a true test, because you do not typically type what you are reading, more of what you type is what you are thinking. This is the score I got :

    [zenphoto src=”typingownage.jpg” album=”blog/etc/” width=”500″ /]

    Now try and beat it :).

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    Operating Systems

    How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration for server 2003/2008

    I get a lot of people asking me how to disable IE’s Enhanced Security Configuration, so this is how to do it for server 2003, and 2008.

    Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration places your server and Microsoft Internet Explorer in a configuration that decreases the exposure of your server to potential attacks that can occur through Web content and aplication scripts. As a result, some Web sites may not display or perform as expected.

    For Windows Server 2003 Users

    The quickest way to remove it for Server 2003 is to uninstall it: Go to Control Panel, then Add or Remove Programs, then click on Add/Remove Windows Components uncheck the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and click on next.

    [zenphoto src=”2003server.png” album=”blog/os_stuff/” width=”500″ /]

    For Windows Server 2008 Users

    In Windows Server 2008, you have to click on the root folder in server manager. Then you scroll down to the Security Information Section and click “Configure IE ESC”. You can turn off IE ESC for Administrators and/or for users. The latter in a Terminal Server environment.

    [zenphoto src=”2008server.png” album=”blog/os_stuff/” width=”500″ /]