Mar 032016
 

Making a stand alone image for a thin client has a few things missing like setting a computername. This is for the situation you do not have HP Device Manager but either way comes in handy when you image your clients with an USB-stick.

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You can easily add a visual basic script to the image that asks for the name when the image is deployed with these steps:

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Feb 222016
 

When making an image with Thinstate from HP there was a problem with deploying the image.
Deploying the image has three fases:

  1. First boot; processing unattend.xml
  2. Second boot; Autologon with the user TEMPACCOUNT and processing HP scripts.
  3. Third boot; thin client ready, logon to user USER

When deploying the image, the TEMPACCOUNT does not logon automatically at the second boot.

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You can use the password “tempaccount” to logon and the proces will continue.

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Apr 282015
 

I really like the cloud. I like everything Google and Microsoft are doing. But when I want the users on our Citrix Environments to open PDF files, the experience needs to be as simple as possible. Adobe bloated their newest iteration of their populair PDF reader with a lot of cloud crap and tools probably nobody will use (ever). Fortunately they also allow a lot of customization with registry keys and their Acrobat Customization Wizard.

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Dec 052014
 

The Dell model Precision M3800 has a SSD disk configured as a second harddisk, disk 1. Disk 0 is a magnetic drive.

Problem in SCCM2012 is that I was unabel to find a fast solution for the fact that partitioning didn`t went well in the task sequence. I got different results with different configurations but no disk 0 with a driver letter D and a disk 1 with a drive letter C.

I wrote this diskpart script to partition the drive en format the Dell Precision M3800. It will format both drivers, only for first install`s.

rem ++++ change the bootmedia driver letter
select vol c
assign letter=g
select vol d
assign letter=h
rem ++++ Format SSD drive 1
select disk 1
clean
convert gpt
rem ++ Par 1
create partition primary size=300
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
rem ++ Par 2
create partition efi size=100
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
rem ++ Par 3
create partition msr size=128
rem ++ Par 4
create partition primary 
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter="C"
rem ++++ Format Magnetic drive 0
select disk 0
clean
create partition primary 
format quick fs=ntfs label="Storage"
assign letter="D"
exit

Create a package with the txt file and run it with diskpart.

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The USB ethernet USB-dongle delivered with the notebook should be able to work with PXE. Non the less I wass able to boot only once in 20 try`s in different setups from PXE in UEFI mode.
It does work better in legacy BIOS mode, but in UEFI mode it doesn`t.
More info at this post from John Willes; Dell XPS 15, PXE booting over USB NIC