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SCCM Collection based on Active Directory Organisation Unit (OU) Membership

You may want to create a Configuration Manager Collection based upon an Active Directory Organisation Unit. To do this you can use the following WQL code and then simply amend the last part to be the Organisation Unit that you want to base the Collection on:

 SELECT  
 SMS_R_USER.ResourceID,  
 SMS_R_USER.ResourceType,  
 SMS_R_USER.Name,  
 SMS_R_USER.UniqueUserName,  
 SMS_R_USER.WindowsNTDomain   
 FROM  
 SMS_R_User  
 WHERE   
 SMS_R_User.UserOUName = "LOCALDOMAIN.COM/COMPANYNAME/TECHYGEEKSHOME"  

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Adobe Flash Player 17.0.0.188 Released - MSI Download

Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 17.0.0.188.

As always, you can download the executable file or get the MSI file so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog.

The update is also now available to import through System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) so you can inject it into your WSUS or Configuration Manager systems.

You can the download in all formats for all browsers for Windows and Mac directly from Adobe by clicking the download button below.

DOWNLOAD


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Java 7 Update 79 Released - MSI and Offline Installer

Java have now released update 79 of version 7 of their Java Client software.

The update is available as an offline installer and using our guide below, you can extract the MSI from it and use it for deployment by using Windows Updates to update current machines or add to your Configuration Manager Application Catalog or even deploy using Group Policy.

You can download the Offline Installer from the Java website using the link below:

DOWNLOAD


INSTRUCTIONS

By following the guide below, you can extract the MSI installer to use in deployment and Windows Updates to automatically update machines using WSUS.

How to extract Java MSI File from the Offline Installer

UPDATE

Please be aware that it seems that the MSI extraction does not always work with the newer versions of Java, so please see the guide below which shows you how to setup a silent install using the standard offline installer:

Java Silent Installation Guide

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Microsoft Xbox One Package - Special Offer Code for TechyGeeksHome.co.uk Guests

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Into the "Enter Promo Code" section and then click the Apply Discount button:


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DOSBox - 16-Bit Application Emulator

If you have an old 16-bit application that you need to run on Windows 7 or 8.1 or maybe even an old classic game you want to play, you will find that the chances are the modern operating systems will not run them and you will run into an error like this for Windows 7:


Or this one for Windows 8:


So, what can you do?

Well there is hope! There is an excellent DOS emulator that we have tested and now using called DOSBox. It seems to work with all of the DOS programs that we have tested it with and we even downloaded some old DOS games to test it and all worked perfectly.

With a little bit of simple configuration, the DOSBox emulator loads your DOS program in no time and allows you access back into these old programs.

DOWNLOAD

You can download the latest version of the DOSBox program from SourceForge using the link below:


INSTRUCTIONS

Once you have downloaded the DOSBox program there is a little configuration you have to carry out in the options to get your program "mounted" and then to run, but it is extremely simple to do. Below is a video guide on how to configure the program to run:

VIDEO DEMO



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Show Distribution Point in use during Task Sequence

We recently came across issues where our Configuration Manager Operating System Deployments (OSD) where running extremely slowly and we could not figure out why.

After some investigation, we found out that one of our remote Distribution Points (DP) was not working correctly and that rebuilds on one of the sites where actually pulling the image and application data from another site (another DP as a fallback).

So, we already use custom backgrounds and BGInfo with MDT integration, so we thought it would be nice to add to the BGInfo the current distribution point that is being used. This would quickly and easily identify whether the current build was using the correct distribution point.

We were going to work on this ourselves, but instead a quick Google and we found exactly what we were looking for and this is an excellent and quick way of getting the job done.

Take a look at this guide from SCCM Guru and show your own distribution points during OSD!

Show DP in use during Task Sequence

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VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0

This is a re-post of an old post from just over a year ago, however some of the links have been updated and the versions updated so you should now use this post if you are having any trouble with the old one.

For your reference, the old post is here:

VMWare ESXi 5.5 Injecting Network Card Drivers

We have been trying to setup a new virtual host using VMWare ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1 with a Atheros AR8161 network card. As this is one of the unsupported network cards, it kept failing upon the boot up setup process - as expected of course.

As most of you will know, you can "inject" network card drivers into the ISO installation media for VMWare ESXi so we thought that this would be a good place to start to try and get this working. This turned out to be a much harder task than we thought but after 14 hours of messing about and about 20 CDR's later, we got it working.

QUICK NOTE

Although this guide and our own testing process is based on the Atheros AR8161, this should work for most other network cards and we will add further below in this guide links to four different VIB files for Atheros and RealTek network card drivers that you can use without having to go through the pain we had to go through to find them!

INSTRUCTIONS

First of all, you should identify your network card driver. In our case it is a Quakcinn Atheros AR8161 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30). You then need to acquire the VIB file for this network card driver to enable you to "inject" it into the ISO installation media. We will provide the ones that we can for you to download, but if your network card is not one of the ones in the package below then you need to spend a bit of time Googling to find your own network card VIB file.

We would like to ask that if you have others that you would like to share with the community, please contact us so that we can add a list of VIB files to this page for others to use or just post a link in the comments section to the VIB download

DOWNLOAD

The VIB files included in this current download package are:
  • Atheros AR8161 VIB Driver
  • Atheros AR8151 VIB Driver
  • Realtek R8168 VIB Driver
  • Realtek R8169 VIB Driver
Download VMWare Network Card VIB Files

When you are happy that you have the correct VIB file for your network card driver, then you need the following things to continue:
The ESXi Customizer Tool is what you will use to "inject" the VIB network card driver into your clean ISO installation media.

So, start up the ESXi Customize Tool by running the ESXi-Customizer.cmd file:

You will then be presented with the tool and you need to browse to the following items:
  • Clean ISO Installation Media File
  • VIB Network Card Driver File
  • Output Directory for Custom ISO Installation Media
When you have entered all your necessary details, you should see something similar to this:


You should then click the Run! button to start the customization process. The process will run in a DOS box like below:


Once that is completed successfully, you should see a pop-up dialog box telling you of the outcome:


If you now browse to the above location, you will find that you now have a ESXi-5.x-Custom.iso file - this can now be burnt to CDR and you should now find that your virtual host will install to completion.

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