So I received a 35% off code from British Gas to get Hive Active Heating. As my boiler works off a time clock only (no thermostat) I decided this’d be great as I’d no longer have to guess how long I need to turn it on to get the temperature up on a weekend, and then forget to turn it off and have it wasting gas while I’m at work during the week.
They say it has to plug directly into the router, etc etc. Well as my ISP provided router is in modem mode, this wouldn’t work.. it’d either not get an IP address, or take the IP address assigned to my actual router and break the rest of the network.
(Updated 4th Sept 2020: Use New-CsBatchPolicyPackageAssignmentOperation instead of Grant-CsUserPolicyPackage now)
I’ve recently needed to apply a PolicyPackage to a group of users (well 2 packages to 2 groups) using PowerShell – as the Teams Admin centre only allows you to apply to users by typing in all the names one at a time and pressing Add and discovered the New-CsGroupPolicyAssignment cmdlet, which looks good – however this applies a policy to a group, but I want to apply a policy package.
I recently discovered one of my deployment scripts does not work on Win 10 1809 any more (it ran dism to install the dot Net Framework 3.5 – just errors out) however that the powershell version (Add-WindowsCapability) works fine. Had to get this rolled out to a handful of PCs ASAP in order for a legacy application to successfully run. As time was of the essence, I ended up running round the 24 PCs like an idiot, logging on and running the command, but I thought “Why don’t I just enable PS Remoting, then I could at least do this from my desk scripted”. Obviously the ideal solution would be to deploy the Netfx3 install via SCCM but PS Remoting will still be handy.
Today I had “The Case of the Missing PXE Advertisement” with a PC. Bit of background – I’ve an OSDeploy device collection which has a zero touch MDT Task Sequence deployed to it, advertised to PXE and Media only, and set to always rerun program. So anything in this collection will automatically get the deployment. Infinite loops are prevented by the “PXE Deployments” flag that is automatically set on computer objects once they have started a PXE deployment. To re-image a PC I just drop it back in the collection and clear the flag. I’ve also got one which prompts for the computer name, advertised as optional to all Unknown Computers. New kit I boot to this and put the name in and off it goes. Continue reading “The Missing PXE Advertisement”
We’ve recently switched from Ringdale FollowMe to PaperCut MF and I wanted to bring over our classroom queues. Unfortunately the supplier said this couldn’t be done, so I did some experimenting and worked out how myself.
The idea behind the classroom queue is that a second printer is listed on each PC in the room, so for room 10 the PCs would all show the “PaperCut” printer and also “Room 10”. Print to PaperCut and you use your personal code to release, print to Room 10 and you use the room code. This way a class of 24 pupils can all print their work to the Room 10 queue, then the teacher (or a single pupil) can go and release all 24 documents in one go. Loads quicker than a queue forming at the device. Continue reading “Classroom Queue in Papercut MF”
I’ve been looking for a way to get mailto: links in websites open in Office 365 (Outlook Web) rather than the full Outlook client – as we have Outlook installed on our network, but unconfigured as everybody uses the web version.
I wrote something about 10 years ago which did this when we had a local Exchange box, although it’s since been lost as it no longer worked when we updated from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007. I’ve since written a new one which works with Office 365! Continue reading “Office 365 mailto: Link Handler”
As part of setting up SCCM I wanted to get all PCs to wake-on-LAN to enable truly zero touch deployment. I’m using mostly HP v1910/1920 edge switches with a HP 5406zl core switch. To send WoL packets while testing I’m using a tool from http://magicpacket.free.fr/ (once all set up SCCM will be doing the wake on LAN packets).
I’ve been looking for a while at a way to automate email signatures for everybody using OWA on Office 365. The new layout we want for our signatures includes images and everywhere I’ve read says it’s impossible to embed images in a signature set using PowerShell. (Note I want them embedded rather than hotlinked).
The solution I came up with takes details from the Active Directory user account – I’m using the description field to insert the person’s name (to allow things like “Mrs Blah” rather than just outputting firstname surname), fields like title (job title), telephone, mobile and also using a few of the extensionAttributes for the Twitter/Facebook links. All of these are standard fields so no need to mess with the AD schema. Continue reading “Office 365 Automated Signature Generator”
I recently set up System Centre Configuration Manager to take over from MDT for imaging PCs. The end result I’m after is that all PCs attempt PXE boot when powered up, and then automatically image if there’s a task deployment waiting for them. (Bonus points is getting wake-on-lan to work with Win 10 so they’ll power themselves up too).
Thought this would be easy – surely just set network as the first boot device – only to discover that (on a UEFI booted system) part of Windows setup adds “Windows Boot Manager” and sets it as the first device in the boot list, no way to stop it. Continue reading “Windows 10, UEFI and PXE booting”
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