VBS Script to Start the remote registry service

This script will allow you to start the Remote Registry Service on any computer by enering its name or IP

Copy below text and save as RemoteRegistryservicestart.vbs

' script to Start Remote Registry on strComputer

Option Explicit
Dim objWMIService, objItem, objService
Dim colListOfServices, strComputer, strService, strInput
strInput = False
' Creates the Input Message Box
Do
   strComputer = InputBox("Which Machine? "_
   ," Remote Machine", strComputer)
   If strComputer <> "" Then strInput = True
Loop Until strInput = True
' NB Spelling of RemoteRegistry (No space).
strService = " 'RemoteRegistry' "
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
& "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" _
& strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colListOfServices = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * from Win32_Service Where Name ="_
& strService & " ")
For Each objService in colListOfServices
   WSCript.Sleep 1500
   objService.StartService()
Next

WScript.Echo "Started " & strService & " on " & strComputer 
WScript.Quit

VBS Script to force a Wsus update detection on a single computer

This script forces a Windows Update Detection immediately on single computer by inputing either its name or IP.

Copy below text and save as Force a Wsus update detection on a single computer.vbs

' Force a Windows Update Detection now on single computer by inputing name or IP of computer
'Script is now ignoring errors. For those who wish to see errors just add a ' to the on error resume next below 
on error resume next
strComputer = inputbox("Enter a computer name or IP address to run a WUA detection now","Invoke detectnow")
if strComputer = "" then wscript.quit
Set autoUpdateClient = CreateObject("Microsoft.Update.AutoUpdate",strComputer)
AutoUpdateClient.detectnow()
wscript.echo "All done."

VBS Script to enable or disable remote desktop on a remote system

For those times when you need to remote into a system and remote desktop is disabled, the below script can come in very handy.

Copy below text and save enable or disable remote desktop .vbs


' This script will enable or disable remote desktop  on a remote system

const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002
strComputer = InputBox("Enter the COMPUTER NAME of the system you would like to enable or disable Remote Desktop: leave as localhost for this computer","Enable or Disable Remote Desktop","Localhost")

If strComputer = "" Then
  WScript.Quit
End If

Set StdOut = WScript.StdOut

On Error Resume Next

Set oReg=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" &_
strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
If Err.Number <> 0 Then
  WScript.Echo "An error has occurred.  You may have mistyped the computer name."
  WScript.Quit
End If

strKeyPath = "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server"
strValueName = "fDenyTSConnections"

oReg.GetDWORDValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,strKeyPath,strValueName,dwValue

If dwValue = 1 Then
  prompt = MsgBox ("Remote Desktop is Currently disabled.  Do you want to ENABLE it?", vbYesNo)
  If prompt = vbYes then
    dwValue = 0
    oReg.SetDWORDValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,strKeyPath,strValueName,dwValue
     WScript.Echo "Remote Desktop is now ENABLED on " & strComputer
    WScript.Quit
  ElseIf prompt = vbNo then
    WScript.Echo "Remote Desktop is still DISABLED."
   Wscript.Quit
  End If
ElseIf dwValue = 0 then
  prompt = MsgBox ("Remote Desktop is Currently ENABLED.  Do you want to DISABLE it?", vbYesNo)
  If prompt = vbYes then
    dwValue = 1
    oReg.SetDWORDValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,strKeyPath,strValueName,dwValue
    WScript.Echo "Remote Desktop is now DISABLED on " & strComputer
    WScript.Quit
  ElseIf prompt = vbNo then
    WScript.Echo "Remote Desktop is still ENABLED."
    WScript.Quit
  End If
End If

VBS Script to Find all Outlook pst files on C and D Drives

This script will find all the pst files on a computers C and D drive (if there is a D). It will create a folder in the root of C called pstlog and save in it the results file with the name pst_files_on_computername . Each pst file found will show its location, name and size. Depending on how many drives and there sizes this scriipt can take up to 10 minutes to complete. Be patient.
Copy below text and save as Find all Outlook pst files on C and D Drives.vbs

'Find all Outlook pst files on C and D Drives
strComputer = "."
on error resume next
set wshnetwork=createobject("wscript.network")
scomputername=wshnetwork.computername
set wshnetwork=nothing
Const OverwriteExisting = True
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colFiles = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * from CIM_DataFile Where Extension = 'pst' AND (Drive = 'C:' OR Drive = 'D:')")
If colFiles.Count = 0 Then
Wscript.Quit
End If
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFolder = objFSO.CreateFolder("C:\pstlog")
Set objTextFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile("c:\pstlog\pst_files_on_" & scomputername & ".txt " , True)
For Each objFile in colFiles
objTextFile.Write(objFile.Drive & objFile.Path & "")
objTextFile.Write(objFile.FileName & "." & objFile.Extension & ", Size ")
objTextFile.Write(objFile.FileSize /1024 & "kb" & vbCrLf)
Next
objTextFile.Close

Using WinRAR SFX to Create a Silent Install Package

WinRAR is a great compression, and though there are many good free compression applications available, its SFX (Self-Extracting Install) feature make it well worth the $29 USD price tag.

I use it almost daily to create silent install of applications that I need to push out to users on the network

In this guide I will show how to create a simple silent install of the popular FTP program called Filezilla

After you have WinRAR installed right click the filezilla installer package and select WinRAR> Add Archive

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In the General pane select Create SFX archive

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WinRAR will automatically crate a sfx exe version. Now right click that and select WinRAR > open with WinRAR

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WinRAR opens with the filezilla setup program inside of it.  Select the SFX icon and then select advanced SFX options.

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In the General Tab we will define the silent switch variable that runs filezilla silently . In this case it is /S so under Run after extraction we type the full filename and the /S switch.

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Under modes we make sure it unpacks to a temporary folder and Hides all displays.

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Under Update we will select the extract and replace files and the overwrite all files (This is done just in case an earlier version may have been copied at some point)

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Finally if we want to customize the icon that the package will use we can add it here.

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Select OK

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The new filezilla silent install package with its customize icon are now  ready for use.

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Make Your Own Offline Installers Using WinRar

In a day and age where upwards of 2 trillion people access the Internet everyday to shop online, check email, play games or work, many software distributors have taken an Internet connection for every computer as a foregone conclusion. As such, publishers are now using online installers for their applications rather than distributing their software on CDs or DVDs. These small executables and installers are nothing but downloaders which connect to the Internet in order to load the actual installation files. But what about that small fraction of people who still have computers without high-speed Internet connections? Even if you save the installer to a flash drive, CD or a floppy disk, you’re still left high and dry once it attempts to connect to the Internet or download a 600 MB installation file over a 56 Kbps dial-up modem.

If this sounds like you, fear not. Today we’ll show you how to create your own offline installers for almost any program using WinRar. Plus, we’ll provide you with some instantly downloadable offline installers for some of the most used apps on the web.

You will need:

  • WinRar – Download Here
  • The program for which you want to create an offline installer already installed on another computer
  • Basic knowledge of 32- and 64-bit architecture regarding Windows Program Files

Locating the Program Files for Your Application

Step 1

To begin, run WinRar as an administrator. To do this, Right-click its shortcut icon (or executable file) and choose Run as administrator. (Skip this if you’re running XP).

Step 2

From within WinRAR, navigate to the directory where the program you want to create an offline installer for is located.

The installation directory for your application will vary depending on whether it’s a 32-bit or 64-bit app. If you’re not sure if you are running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of Windows, Click Start and Right-clickComputer and choose Properties. It’ll be listed next to “System Type.”

For 32-bit Windows operating systems your programs will be in C:Program Files

For 64-bit Windows operating systems, your programs will likely be in C:Program Files (x86). Note, however, that 64-bit Windows systems can run both 32-bit and 64-bit apps, so if it’s not in C:Program Files (x86) check in C:Program Files.

From this folder, look for the name of the application or the name of the publisher. For example, if you’re looking for Photoshop, it’ll be in the Adobe folder, i.e. C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS5. Some applications aren’t located in sub folders, i.e. C:Program Files (x86)Opera

Step 3

Click the folder that contains the application to select it.

Step 4

Right-click the folder and choose Add files to archive.

Configuring Your Offline Installer

Step 1

The Archive name and parameters window will open. Click the General tab. Check the box next to Create SFX archive.

Step 2

Click the Advanced tab and Click SFX options…

Step 3

In the General tab of the Advanced SFX Options… window, Type the folder path where you’d like the program to install into the Path to extract field. You can choose whichever path you’d like, but the most logical place is in Program Files. You can type it in manually—for 32-bit programs this will be C:Program Files or C:Program Files[developer name]. For 64-bit programs, this will be  C:Program Files (x86) or C:Program Files (x86)[developer name]—or you can Select Create in “Program Files” or type %programfiles% in the field. This will automatically detect the Program Files folder on the target machine. Note: It’s not necessary to add the application name, since you’ll be including the entire folder in the archive.

Also, make sure you Check Save and restore paths.

Step 4

If you’d like to add installation instructions, notes or a custom icon, you can do so in the Text and icon tab. This text will appear when the user runs the offline installer.

Step 5

Click OK to close the Advanced SFX Options windows. Click OK again in the Archive name and parameters window to create the archive.

Testing Your Offline Installer

Once the archiving is complete, your offline installer will appear in the target location. If you didn’t choose one, it’ll be in the same folder as the source folder.

Always test your offline installer before distributing them to your friends, family, co-workers and clients! Find yourself a computer where the application you archived is not installed and test out your installer there. In my test, I found that Skype works just fine with my offline installer and I can freely carry it around on my USB thumb drive just in case.

Conclusion

As you might’ve gathered, this isn’t a perfect solution. Essentially, you’re just making a self-extracting archive that saves the end user from the work of unzipping the file and choosing a directory. There are some pros and cons to this method:

Pros:

  • Quick and easy for you and the end user.
  • Packages all the necessary program files in a single archive for easy copying onto a thumb drive or CD.
  • Install file is its own executable—no need to install WinRAR or any other software on the target computer.

Cons:

  • This method may not work for all applications since some applications require additional integration into Windows (i.e. access to system files, altering of Windows registry keys).
  • Doesn’t automatically create a shortcut on the desktop or in the Start Menu.
  • The program can’t be uninstalled using the Add/Remove Programs dialog. To remove it, you must delete it directly from the Program Files folder.

Get DaRT to Launch Remote Connections Tools Automatically

Launching the Remote Connection Tool at Startup

With a simple configuration file change you can modify our DaRT media to boot directly to the Remote Connection tool. When a connection is established the DaRT boot sequence will continue, leaving all the hard choices for the technician.

Note: This method assumes you are using DHCP, otherwise you will need to create a script that assigns a network address before launching the Remote Connection tool.

Instructions

  1. From Windows 7 start menu, run “DaRT Recovery Image”.
  2. Go through the wizard up until you get to the “Additional Files” page.
    Note: Don’t forget to enable Remote Connections or else starting the Remote Connection tool at startup will have no effect.
  3. The “Add additional tools” page in the wizard will allow you to customize DaRT to your heart’s content. At this point click the “Show Files…” button.
  4. Navigate to the Windows\System32 directory within this temporary folder
  5. Modify the “winpeshl.ini” file permission to give “modify” permissions to your current user.

Open the “winpeshl.ini” file and modify the file to look like below:

[LaunchApps]
"%windir%\system32\netstart.exe -network -remount"
"cmd /C start %windir%\system32\RemoteRecovery.exe -nomessage"
"%windir%\system32\WaitForConnection.exe"
"%SYSTEMDRIVE%\sources\recovery\recenv.exe"

Save the newly created iso file and extract the wim from it and switch it into your recovery folder as I showed HERE.

Now when you startup the PC by pressing F8 and selecting Repair this Computer the remote connection screen starts automatically as shown below.

The end user only needs to supply the technician with the Ticket number, IP and Port and he can connect and repair the system.

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Note: If you cancel the remote connection screen at the local workstation, the script will continue as normal, prompting for a language selection and  administrator password before launching the System Recovery Options Screen.