how to deploy Adobe CS3 Applications silently

Here is how to silently install Adobe CS3 i.e., Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamwever. It is tested and works perfect for me. I deployed using script not using GPO.

I copied the installation files into a network folder , then amend the setup.xml file that reside in the payloads folder. Open setup.xml using notepad, and inside between <Payloads> and </Payload> limiters, find entries like <Payload folder=”AdobeALMAnchorServiceAll”>Adobe CS3</Payload> Here, Adobe CS3 is the folder name where setup.exe resides. Change Adobe CS3 to current folder name.

Next, in the payloads folders, select the main application folder. say Photoshop, it should be AdobePhotoshop10en_US_volume. Inside, select file that end with ….proxy.xml. it should be AdobePhotoshop10en_US_volume.proxy.xml. Edit using notepad. find  <Requires> entry in the xml file, and delete all the entries between <Requires> and </Requires>, including <Requires> and </Requires> limiters.

Now, go to setup root folder where setup.exe resides, from command prompt type: setup.exe –record=1

This will perform a record of the installation without actually installing the apps. From here, you can also select which of the options you want installed. It will create install and remove xml file. I renamed them as install.xml and remove.xml and copied to network setup folder

Now, copy the following xml in a notepad and save  as application.xml.override file inside the application payload folder. Application.xml.override file located in adobe cs\payload folder

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<Configuration>
<Payload>
<Data key=”Serial” protected=”0″>12345XX</Data>
<Data key=”Registration”>Suppress</Data>
<Data key=”EULA”>Suppress</Data>
<Data key=”Updates”>Suppress</Data>
</Payload>
</Configuration>

 

Here 12345XXXXX is serial no.

Now I open a notepad and write list of netbios name of xp machine in one column and save the file as desktop.txt

I created a bat file named deploy.bat containing the following command

@echo off

“\\servername\AdobeCS3\Adobe CS3\setup.exe” –mode=silent –deploymentFile=”\\servername\AdobeCS3\install.xml”

save desktop.txt and deploy.bat file in a directory

Now go to that directory from command prompt

Type and wait until copied

FOR /F %i in (c:\desktop.txt) DO COPY Deploy.bat \\%i\c$ /Y

Type again

FOR /F %i in (c:\desktop.txt) DO AT \\%i 17:00 c:\Deploy.bat

 

Here setup will start silently @17.00

Good luck

How to configure Cisco 1242 AP to get authentication from MS IAS

This is a config for Cisco 1242 AP to get authenticated from MS IAS 2003. IAS 2003, MS DHCP and Cisco AP must be in same VLAN or LAN. Connect Cisco AP in the network. It will get an IP from DHCP. Make sure you reserve the IP in DHCP.

Log on the to AP using internet explorer using typical password i.e. Cisco (if you haven’t changed it)

Change hostname

Express Setup 

provide SSID settings and check the broadcast in beacon

 ssid manager

provide Radius IP and Radius secrete

Express Security

Enable Wireless Radio 802.11A/G

network interface

Now add this client IP and shared secret in your Radius server. All done. Now XP/Mac client get authenticate depending on what you have set in Radius server say PEAP, Certificate…

How to configure a VLAN

You need a RJ45 -> DB9 (serial port) cable. You connect it to the serial port of your computer. Then use HyperTerminal (on windows). Default port settings are:
baud: 9600
data: 8
parity: none
stop: 1
flow: none
Hit Enter after setting up HyperTerminal. That will get you into the command line.

>enable

Password: your password

Switch# show run                   to see your existing config

Switch# conf t

Switch(config)#

Switch(config)#interface fastethernet 0/11             say port# 11

Switch(config)#switchport access vlan 100              say vlan# 100

Switch(config)#end

Switch# wr                                                  to write permanently

Switch#show run                                         to see changed config

how to Reset a Cisco router or switch password

GENERAL procedures may vary on varying devices!


1. power off and back on the device
2. hold down control and hit BREAK (may have to do this a few times)
3. Once you are at the rommon> prompt, type confreg.
4. Say "n" to all options except this one:
enable "ignore system config info"? y/n [n]: y
5. Say "n" to all other options
6. once back at the rommon prompt, type reset
7. the device will reboot
8. Once the device is booted, you will know that you are bypassing the config because you will be asked this question (say no):
Would you like to enter the initial configuration dialog? [yes/no]: no
9. Once booted, if you do a show version, you will see that your config register is 0x2142.
10. Now, you can either go to enable mode and do a show startup-config to see what the enable password is OR, if you have an enable secret password set, you can replace it by doing a copy start run, then going into global configuration and creating a new enable secret with enable secret cisco, then copy it back with copy run start.
11. Now, you want to change the config register back. In global configuration, type config-register 0x2102
12. save your configuration with wr or copy run start
13. reboot the device and you should be back with your original configuration but with a password that you know!

sample log on script to add network drive and shortcut

I am posting a working bat file to automate network drive and shortcut for AD users. This bat file works excellent if you desire to push network drive through AD logon script. You can copy these in a notepad and save it as filename.bat  and put this bat file  in \\yourserver\sysvol\yourdomainname\scripts  folder.

Here is sample file.

@echo off

echo !   _________________________     !  

echo !                                 !

echo !    MAPPING NETWORK DRIVES       ! 

echo !                                 !  

echo !    * * * LEAVE OPEN * * *       ! 

echo !  OR IT WILL NOT MAP YOUR DRIVES ! 

echo !                                 ! 

echo !  _________________________      ! 

net use r: \\yourserver\data

REM

copy “\\yourserver\data\Shortcuts\company policy.lnk” “C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Desktop\”

Here \\yourserver\data is the path of the folder. Make sure you got appropriate permission setup in network drive i.e. NTFS permission applied in the folder you want to use as network drive. Now go to Active Directory users and computers. Select number of users or individual user and right click on selected and click on to properties. Go to profile and type filename.bat  in log on script box.

slow internet behind ISA 2004

I was stuck with my internet and ISA2004. I got ISA 2004 that work as proxy and web filter in my organisation. I found very slow internet after installing ISA 2004. But I found faster internet speed if I bypass ISA. I have AD and DNS installed in my current work place.

Here is a clue I google and found in microsoft.com. You may experience slow internet behind ISA 2004 with SP2 or SP3. This happens when you have a DNS server in internal network and ISA 2004 try to resolve external address in that DNS server. It takes too long to browse yahoo or google or any sites. This may occur even you have configured allow HTTP/HTTPS or routing rules.

Microsoft released a script that help you to resolve this issue. Before you apply this script please make sure you dont install ISA server in a domain controller. Also dont install ISA 2004 in a server that got DNS, DHCP, IIS or WINS installed. Try to install in a seperate box. Do not install any third party application that may use port 80, 443 and other port. make sure you have correct internal and external IP configured. proper routing must be in place such as gateway. confgiure you desired allow rules in ISA. After all these  if you find a slow internet then go ahead with these script. copy the script in a notepad and save it as filename.vbs in c drive and run it. it will take while to finish.  wait and it will popup done. now you test your internet.

You can get the script from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/839510/en-us?spid=2108&sid=global