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How to change assigned letter for Ephemeral drives automatically?

I have an AWS Windows box (Windows 2008 R2) with the following disks: C:\ 60 Gb (EBS) D:\ 200 Gb (EBS) Y:\ 40 Gb (Ephemeral SSD) Z:\ 40 Gb (Ephemeral SSD) Every time it boots I change ephemeral ...
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1answer
262 views

Run specific script after every Windows Update

Is there a way to run a specific script each time Windows update completes (i.e., after reboot or after an update that doesn't require a reboot)? My application is suffering from MSCOMCTL.OCX ...
0
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1answer
387 views

Automating RDP session availability test

We have a daily procedure when operator logs on via RDP to Windows hosts to ensure the operation is successful so other users can logon at the later stage and to their work. Putting aside question ...
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1answer
112 views

Windows batch find folder if statement

Assume a file system with the following format Folder A --->Folder 1 --->Folder 2 --->Folder 3 etc.. Folder B --->Folder 4 --->Folder 2 --->Folder 3 Folder C --->Folder 1 --->Folder 2 --->Folder 3 ...
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1answer
395 views

Automatic changing of local passwords [closed]

This is the third time I've seen this when working on site for a customer, so I know it's possible, I'm just wondering how. It seems that the Local Administrator account has it's password changed ...
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2answers
117 views

Windows Update for numerous powered-down Virtual Machines [closed]

Before I dive into the question asking, let me give some background on the question. I have a VM project I am working on. Sales reps at my company need to have VMs of different configurations to demo ...
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1answer
74 views

Generic script to print files of various types in Windows

Is there a command or script in Windows to print a file (various file types such as .doc .xls .txt .pdf) to the default printer? As far as I know one usually has to execute the relevant application ...
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8answers
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Method to integrate Powershell scripts with non-Windows workflow?

I love the smell of new machines in the morning. I'm automating a machine creation workflow that involves several separate systems across my infrastructure, some of which involve 15 year old perl ...
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4answers
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How to automate slipstream?

Since years I use slipstreamed Windows installations. This works very well, but preparing them is tedious : 1 - install a Windows with the last slipstreamed version we have (automated install) 2 - ...
2
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2answers
675 views

My powershell script wont save a file when run using Task Scheduler, do I need to specify a specific argument?

I have a script that downloads a temporary Excel file, copies parts of it to a new file, and saves it to a specific location on the network. The problem I'm having is that the new file is never ...
0
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1answer
200 views

How do you make a host workstation boot into a Virtual Machine and shutdown Upon VM Shutdown

I'm dealing with a company that has 21 windows workstations. I'd like to install linux on them to host Windows via a virtual machine. I'd like each workstation to hide linux from the user, in that, ...
0
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1answer
51 views

How to find out what's automatically processing a file when placed in a folder

When I place a file in a particular folder, it gets deleted within a few seconds. I think there is some process that is doing something with the data in the file and then removing the file. What's ...
3
votes
2answers
546 views

Automatically set static routes between two networks without dhcp or default gateway

I have a windows domain network with two different subnets. Both are connected trough VPN gateways. DHCP and default gateway is an exiting router blackbox. Unfortunately I have very limited control ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Software for scanning installation process? [closed]

I forgot what is the name of the very good software which make some kind of restore point (save registry, and program files folder, etc...) before installing any software. After you install some ...
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4answers
2k views

How can I automate the process of fetching files from remote Windows servers?

We have a handful of machines that we administer: some Windows 2003/8 and some various flavors of Unix. I need to write some sort of script/task/etc (I'm a programmer, so any language/tool is fine) ...
0
votes
1answer
902 views

How to set adequate permissions to a scheduled task for a service controller query?

I'm a programmer, but the problem encountered has stepped beyond the code and into the system administrator realm, at least that is what I think at this time. I will only use one bit of code to show ...
0
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2answers
114 views

Windows Service Based Software to Run Script Everytime a file arrives

Does anyone know of a tool were that is service based which I would be able to run a script every time a file arrives in a directory? I would write the script all I want is the tool to be a service ...
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2answers
901 views

How can I script an HKCU setting for a handful of users on a specific server who don't have profiles?

Here's what I would do manually: Log onto a server with Account1 to create its Windows profile. Start Internet Explorer. Click Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Uncheck "Check for publisher's ...
0
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3answers
129 views

Application to automate Windows software installation in a test lab

I have several test environments (hyper-V) which contain a variety of windows servers. Each machine needs periodically rolling back to a given snapshot and then re-installing with the latest version ...
1
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1answer
1k views

how-to deploy files to several nodes on network automatically?

need to push(deploy) few batch files to the machines on a network. All nodes are running Windows. The batch files contain some commands to initialize an env on each node. what ways can this be ...
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1answer
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What does /v/qn parameter do for windows silent installers?

This page says to do a silent install you pass in the parameters /s /v/qn. It mentions what /s does - silent install - but not what /v/qn does. So what does it do? Why the weird format? (on one ...
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2answers
67 views

How can I automate a GUI App?

I need to automate a small GUI Windows app. It needs to be run twice a week to synchronise two databases, but with no operator intelligence behind it. Literally, it's launch the app, and perform two ...
1
vote
3answers
305 views

What's comparable to Chef for Windows?

What's a good tool to automate Windows server configuration, a la Chef on *NIX? I know that Chef is somewhat working on Windows, but I'm sure there are some more full-featured tools that others are ...
0
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1answer
2k views

Can Windows Server 2008 R2 be set to auto logon at boot up?

I would like to have it so that if the system is rebooted, it auto logs back in to a particular user name so that certain applications can be run under that username. Is this possible to do?
2
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4answers
951 views

Automatic deployment and configuration for Windows servers

I'm an experienced UNIX and Linux sysadmin who is about to start working for a mixed UNIX/Windows shop. I've been deploying servers automatically using tools like Puppet, Chef, FAI, etc. I haven't ...
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4answers
1k views

Batch file to change all network shares on computer

I need to change all shares of //foo to //bar in a batch file. Say i have R: //foo/foo and Z: //foo/bar I need to have a batch script that makes them R: //bar/foo and Z: //bar/bar Anyone have any ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Automated method to convert .reg registry file to reg.exe commands

Occasionally I need to put registry entries into batch files to use in login scripts, unattended installers, etc. While it's pretty easy to add one or two registry commands to a batch file using ...
0
votes
2answers
125 views

Windows Server 2003 - how to simulate mouse clicks using scripting

we have Windows Server 2003 with some native (window-based) applications. We need to repeat several times the same action (writing some numbers in dialogs and clicking some buttons). Is there any ...
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vote
4answers
2k views

PsExec - what if the .exe you run remotely requires user interaction?

I use PsExec to deploy small .exe files to my workstations. Sometimes the .exe, for some reason, is incompatible with the system and opens a popup window with an error or some other message. Is there ...
6
votes
1answer
187 views

Software for automating Windows GUI applications

I am looking for software that will allow me to automate some GUI tasks, including clicking on buttons and sending keystrokes to a GUI application running in the foreground. Are there any ...
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vote
3answers
166 views

Automation of installations

Is there an affordable program which will automate the installation of applications? I am looking for something that will work with Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 so that I can automate installations of VM ...
3
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6answers
1k views

easiest way to automate all software installations for new users/computers?

Basically, for every new user we have about 30 different installers that all need to be run manually after an install of windows which is tedious/time consuming. We can't simply ghost/image the ...
3
votes
8answers
578 views

Portable scripting language for a multi-server admin?

Please Note: Portable as in portableapps.com, not the traditional definition. Originally posted on stackoverflow.com, asking here at another user's suggestion. I'm a DBA and sysadmin, mostly for ...
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2answers
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How to schedule a task for multiple days of a month using schtasks.exe?

Since task scheduler API has been changed after Vista & Server 2008, scheduling a task with schtasks is (as much as I know) the only way that works on both Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2008 ...
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2answers
50 views

Starting remote workloads across platforms

I work with a group that does integration testing for a IP/IPv6 network stack. We have many stress testing workloads that we run across a variety of platforms, including Linux (RHEL and SuSE), Windows ...
0
votes
2answers
260 views

Windows Job Scheduler

I'm looking for a Windows Server job/task scheduler for a small business. We need more functionality than the built in tools, including SQL Server Agent. We need conditional execution and would like ...
0
votes
2answers
453 views

Post-startup & Pre-Login shutdown

Is there a way [using a batch file] that I can set a system to shutdown PRE-login but POST-startup? I've tried a scheduled task to run this batch file with the "/SC ONSTART" flag .. That didn't work. ...
2
votes
2answers
335 views

Product Recommendation: Good job scheduler for windows servers? [closed]

Looking for a mostly-GUI tool that is low cost (less then $1k, but not required) and allows you to create scheduled tasks and jobs without writing vbscript, batch files, or powershell. Something ...
2
votes
7answers
444 views

How do you deploy customer PCs?

The question title may need some editing, but here's the situation: I'm in the process of writing a procedure to setup Windows PCs that will be sent to customers that buy equipment from us. As I go ...
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vote
4answers
2k views

Is there a way to bind a wireless network to a proxy setting?

We have several wireless networks, some of them, doesn't need a proxy, some of them do. Furthermore, when some of our users go to other places, they need to change their proxies. Most of our users are ...
1
vote
1answer
417 views

How can I check if Skype is running and there's an active call taking place?

How can I check if Skype is running and there's an active call taking place? I need this to shut down Skype before making automatic backup (otherwise files are locked on exFAT so I can't make backup) ...
3
votes
7answers
1k views

Automating Administration Tasks on Windows

What tools do you use and recommend for automating administration tasks for Windows-based computers? Examples of such tasks include: Installing/upgrading software Standarizing application settings ...