Friday, January 21, 2011

Group policy preferences for Windows 7 and Server 2008 sp2

It has been documented that the GPPs for Windows 7 will not work unless you are running Server 2008 RC2. I am running Server 2008 SP2. I have seen through my testing that this is probably the case.  It is very inconsistent.  I'm trying to schedule a task on a Win 7 client.  Only once did it ever show up in the Task Scheduler.  Then it failed for other reasons.  Every other attempt it has not shown up on the Task Scheduler.  When I run gpresult, is usually indicated that the GPO was sucessfully applied. But not always.  Sometimes I get a Failure (Error Code: 0x80041316).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Group policy results on client

gpresult /h gpreport.html

Rather useful if for some reason, it doesn't work from gpmc.msc.

Deleting profiles in Windows 7

I've been searching high and low for a script that does this.  This one did the trick nicely, with a little modification.

http://www.theshonkproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=50&Itemid=31

I added this mod instead of using "If flgAllowExecute then objFSO.DeleteFolder(objSubfolder.Path), DeleteReadOnly", as it returns a permission denied error.  From what I read, perhaps the file handles are not released when the file is deleted.

http://www.webmasterkb.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/vbscript/12936/Permission-denied-Code-800A0046

If flgAllowExecute then DeleteProfileFolder(objSubfolder.Path)

Sub DeleteProfileFolder(SomeFolderPath)
 Dim strFolder, objShell, objWMIService, objFolders, rtnFolder, rtnCode
 Const WindowStyle = 0
 Const WaitOnReturn = True
 strFolder = SomeFolderPath
 Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
 objShell.Run "CMD /c RMDIR /s /q " & strFolder, WindowStyle, WaitOnReturn
 Set objShell = Nothing
End Sub

It ain't pretty but it works.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sort email by conversation in Outlook

I really don't like Outlook.  Way too complicated, especially if you get a lot of email, of which most of it can be ignored.  This is a good tip for organizing your folders.

http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-outlook/archive/2007/10/05/ultimate-inbox-merging-inbox-and-sent-items-folders.aspx

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Problems with sysprep & copyprofile - Windows 7x64

For some reason, Sysprep errors in the specialize pass when it tries to copy the profile.  Corrupts the entire load and have to reimage.  The following from http://www.ms-windows.info/Help/vista-sysprep-error-copyprofile-tag-3835.aspx seemed to fix it for a few people.

pjpvt said:

I found an answer in another forum that worked for me.  Here's the quote:
I don't know if anyone cares anymore, but I just had this exact problem. The issue turned out to be some bogus profile information in the registry at HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList . I had a couple of keys in there that didn't belong. I think someone had deleted a profile from the c:\users folder without removing the registry piece.

In any case, after I deleted the keys that didn't match what was in the c:\users folder, I no longer had the issue.