Microsoft had released the Exchange 2010 Deployment Assistant to help administrators with steps to move to a 2010 platform. The tool allows you to create Exchange 2010 on-premises deployment instructions that are customized to your environment. The Assistant asks a small set of questions and based on a your answers, it provides a finite set of instructions that are designed to get you up and running on Exchange 2010.
The team has updated the tool now and provides three scenarios – on-premises only, co-existence (onsite + cloud) and cloud only.
You can find the Deployment Assistant here
When you’re configuring a mandatory profile whitin Windows 7 and the first users are logging in, the desktop background is completely black….Personnaly I don’t like this kind of dark backgrounds 🙂 Why is this backgound black? Let’s have a look!
When you’ve created the mandatory profile, there was a default Windows 7 background. There’s a registry key that saves this background setting and there the whole point!
1.) Open the registry editor (regedit)
2.) Select the HKEY_USERS
3.) Click File, Load Hive
4.) Browse to your mandatory profile and select the NTUSER.MAN file
5.) Give it a name and click OK
6.) Browse to HKEY_USERS and select your Hive
7.) Browse to HKEY_Users\YOURHIVE\Control Panel\Desktop
8.) There’s a REG_SZ named Wallpaper
9.) This vallue is the wrong one. It’s located to the template user for creating the mandatory profile.
10.) Let’s chance this location to the new location. In my example it’s the Windows folder, but it can alse be a custom location. C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg
11.) After changing this path, don’t forget to unload the completely Hive from your registry editor
12.) Login again with a user and you’ll see that there’s the wallpaper. It’s a mandatory profile, so all users will get the same wallpaper!
When you make any changes to your SCCM 2007 environment, the clients will polling for this changes by a interval. Default this is 60 minutes. If you want to force an Machine Policy Retrieval, you can use to following two options:
1.) Open your control panel
2.) Configuration Manager
3.) Action tab
4.) Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle
5.) Initiate Action
The next option is to use the following script.
on error resume next
dim oCPAppletMgr ‘Control Applet manager object.
dim oClientAction ‘Individual client action.
dim oClientActions ‘A collection of client actions.
‘Get the Control Panel manager object.
if err.number <> 0 then
Wscript.echo "Couldn’t create control panel application manager"
‘Get a collection of actions.
if err.number<>0 then
wscript.echo "Couldn’t get the client actions"
‘Display each client action name and perform it.
For Each oClientAction In oClientActions
if oClientAction.Name = "Request & Evaluate Machine Policy" then
wscript.echo "Performing action " + oClientAction.Name