Mietek Rogala

Mietek Rogala has written 13 posts for Slightly Overcomplicated

How to prepare TPM chip for BitLocker encryption in a single Task Sequence step

You may have encountered a problem with your Task Sequences that a step to start BitLocker encryption does not work as expected. Depending on a method used to start the encryption (e.g. built-in “Enable BitLocker” step, StartMBAMEncryption.wsf script), the error you are getting varies, but quite often the underlying issue is the same: the TPM … Continue reading

How to control progress bar in MDT/SCCM Task Sequence using VBScript

Ever wondered how to control Task Sequence progress bar? This post will give you a quick overview on how to tap in to relevant object with an example of custom delay step. This approach works just fine in both MDT and SCCM Task Sequences without modifying a single line of code! Controlling the progress bar … Continue reading

Windows PE startup sequence explained

In Windows OSD there comes a time when you have to dive into startup process of Windows PE. Whether it is to troubleshoot boot up time issues, or to create a bespoke deployment solution, having a basic understanding of chain of events taking place when WinPE loads helps a great deal. In this article I … Continue reading

VBScript to prompt for hostname and validate input in SCCM OSD Task Sequence

There are countless ways to set a hostname in SCCM OSD Task Sequence: through variables, queries or manipulating various files. You can automate hostname assignment and derive it from, for example, a serial number or a MAC address, however sometimes it is necessary to prompt user to enter hostname (e.g. for hostname to match asset … Continue reading

VBScript to ensure BGInfo reports correct version of Internet Explorer

My colleague¬† encountered a problem the other week with BGInfo reporting “incorrect” version of IE. He had used his package for months with a great success, until when customer requested IE to be upgraded from version 9 to version 11. BGInfo’s built-in variable for IE version returned value that was prefixed with “9.” – and … Continue reading

Changing default Windows 8.1 wallpaper during MDT Task Sequence

Changing a wallpaper should be a trivial task, shouldn’t it? All we need to do is to replace a file… This post walks you through hurdles you will stumble up and how to get through them. Default Windows 8.1 wallpaper is stored in C:\windows\web\wallpaper\Windows directory and is called img0.jpg. However, you can’t just overwrite the … Continue reading

Changing MDT deployment share path (bootstrap.ini) on boot (on the fly)

Many of IT deployment professionals out there have a need of supporting multiple deployment shares. Whether it is for different departments, customers or environments the classic approach is that each deployment share means generation of a new boot image. Maintaining WDS, supporting all network and storage drivers for WinPE as well as enforcing consistency across … Continue reading

Programming Arduino with Atmel Studio 7

So, you got your Arduino board, installed Arduino IDE, started a new project and went: “Hold on a second?! This is not real microcontroller programming!”. Arduino C++ wrapper is great when you are taking first steps in hardware programming world, however it hides a lot of aspects of what is happening under the hood. If … Continue reading

Automating BIOS upgrade and settings replication on Lenovo systems in WinPE

In my line of work BIOS upgrade/downgrade is a topic that keeps coming back quite frequently. Along with actual BIOS firmware update there also may be few settings that need to be applied and if you are dealing with bulk deployments – it makes sense to automate the process to save time and eliminate human … Continue reading

Changing data type while importing CSV file using OLE DB

Couple months ago a bug has been reported in one of my scripts: occasionally when importing data a MAC address field would get corrupted in the process. Having some time this week I looked into the issue and found the underlying problem. In this instance MAC addresses are presented in plain text format (no delimiters), … Continue reading