Lenovo Laptop Bugs – System Update & Not Waking Up From Sleep Mode

Before we begin, I would like you to download this System Updater from Lenovo - you will have to use it later on: For Windows 7, Windows 8,  Windows 8.1 -   For Windows 2000, XP and Vista -  If you recently bought a Lenovo computer or laptop, you might as well know some of these problems. Problem: Lenovo laptop won't wake up from sleep, there are driver problems & the Fn and CTRL are not working correctly. Let's start with the Fn & CTRL button. Most of you may have noticed that there is a problem with the [...]

SCO/SCSM 2012: Approval does not work from portal when review activity was created by runbook/script/SDK!

Today i had this weird problem.   The Review activities i created from my orchestrator runbook, did not work! I was able to approve, but they never completed! But this was only the case when approving from the portal. It worked as expected from the console!   After some research i managed to find the problem: Approval Condition was NULL! This means that the Review activity will never complete.   So why did it work from the console? Well you see, the default dropdown value for the “approval condition” is unanimous! and therefore, whenever i opened it in the consoel [...]

By | 2013-12-20T11:32:47+00:00 December 20th, 2013|Automation, Service Manager (SCSM)|5 Comments

Changing the regional related (small) stuff! Dot vs. Comma

During OS deployment you normally set the regional settings to match the nationality of the user who are to receive the computer! This can be anything from the OS UI and keyboard,  to Date and time formats, and is normally done using sysprep values like SystemLocale, UserLocale, UIlanguage etc. One problem though, is the UserLocale value, which sets all the Date and time formats. These settings are all pre defined in the system based on the regional setting, which means all machines running English UserLocale will get the settings defined for en-US by Microsoft. But every now and then, you [...]

By | 2012-02-23T15:48:12+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|General info, OS Deployment|3 Comments

Clean up your wims

Generally I always use the append method of capturing my images (MDT’s ZTIBackup.wsf will do that for you, as explained here). This allows me to store multiple versions of my production image in the same image file. The biggest benefit of storing multiple images in the same wim file is of cause utilization of the single storage capabilities, as each file is only stored once, hence, space requirements for storing images are less. One problem though, is the amount of images, or INDEXES in the wim. First of it can be kind of messy if you have lots of index [...]

By | 2012-01-09T08:27:03+00:00 January 9th, 2012|General info, OS Deployment|0 Comments

Finding the correct storage driver for Win XP using WMIC

I already wrote a post on how to find the correct driver, for a Intel 6 Series storage controller, which is sometimes named different in XP and 7.  http://blog.ctglobalservices.com/mip/cant-find-the-intelr-6-series-storage-driver/. In that particular case I picked up the correct driver name by installing Windows 7 on the PC, and looking trough device manager..  Today I was with a customer, where installing Windows7 was not an option, and they had two HP machines ( Elite 8200 and 6560b) booth failing upon entering the XP minisetup. Laying down the image using SCCM, was no problem, meaning WinPE was fine driver wise. Clearly the [...]

By | 2011-08-18T14:39:00+00:00 August 18th, 2011|Hardware & Drivers, OS Deployment|3 Comments

Set default keyboard settings based on Running OS

While doing refresh scenarios, its possible to have USMT set the current Keyboard settings for the existing users on the reinstalled OS. The problem however, is setting the same default keyboard settings for new users on that machine.. By default the Keyboard settings will be that of the reference image, so if the keyboard settings in the image is en-US/00000409 it will be so on the deployed machine, unless this is changed somehow ( E.g Unattend.xml, variable, Reg e.t.c) In an XP to Win7 migration scenario (or 7 to 7), you could run a script, to pick up the current [...]

By | 2011-06-02T20:51:33+00:00 June 2nd, 2011|OS Deployment|2 Comments