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Posted: 22 May 2003
 

UPDATE: The password for the info in the zip file is zen4rocks

We have developed an automated process using the Login Script, and a VBS script to perform the following actions to ensure the OS meets the minimum requirements for ZfD4 Agent Install. The VBS script works in a Middletier environment as well (limited testing).

Our process will determine which OS is on the machine. Based on the OS it will do the following:

Win98

  • If not Second Edition, it won't install
  • If Second Edition, it will install either ie5.5sp2 or ie6.0sp1 depending on Admin's Choice.
  • Will upgrade Novell Client to latest client and strip off all but the Novell NDPS option.
  • Installs the ZfD4 agent

Win2K

  • Determines if Windows 2000 sp2 is installed. If not it will install.
  • Installs ie5.5sp2 or ie6.0sp1 depending on Admin's Choice.
  • Will upgrade Novell Client to latest client and strip off all but the Novell NDPS option.
  • Installs the ZfD4 agent.

WinXP

  • Installs ie6.0sp1 if necessary.
  • Will upgrade Novell Client to latest client and strip off all but the Novell NDPS option.
  • Installs the ZfD4 agent.

The process will not downgrade IE. Example if you have ie6.0sp1 and want to generally install ie5.5sp2 our script will not downgrade.

We make use of tools like ACU and command line options for the ZfD4 MSI.

We upgraded 176 workstations in our pilot test in three days. We went to another division and did them in three hours.

The biggest problem we encountered was the nVidia drivers and with the ZfD4SP1 we believe that issue will go away. We plan on testing that in a day or two after BrainShare.

NOTE: The author of this tool takes no responsibility whatsover for the performance or effects of this tool. Proceed at your own risk.

ReadMe File

I have not copied the following components of our scripting process.

Novell 3.32sp1 client Novell install files for client
Novell 4.83sp1 client Novell install files for client
Ie5.5sp1 Install Files Microsoft install files for ie5.5sp2
Ie6.0sp1 Install Files Microsoft Install files for Ie6.0sp1
InstMsiWin2k.exe MSI 2.1 installer for WinNT/2K/XP
InstMsiWin9X.exe MSI 2.1 installer for Win9x

What I have copied up:

\3rdPartyExistApp\exist.exe Application used to check for files to verify progress (Freeware)
\Clients\Win95\z9xtest.txt Our Unattended text file for Win98 OS
\Clients\Win98\z9xtest.txt Our Unattended text file for Win98 OS
\Clients\WinNT\ztest.txt Our Unattended text file for WinNT/2K/XP
\StateSeal\Stateseal.gif Picture on splash screen. Changed to Novell Picture for this transmission
\win2k\IE6Upd.vbs VB script to install SP2, IE 6.0sp1, MSI, ZfD4 Agent
\win2k\IE55Upd.vbs VB script to install SP2, IE 5.5sp1, MSI, ZfD4 Agent
\win98\IE6Upd.vbs VB script to check for win98 version; install IE 6.0sp1, MSI, ZfD4 Agent if SE
\win98\IE55Upd.vbs VB script to check for win98 version; install IE5.5sp1, MSI, ZfD4 Agent if SE
\winnt\IE6Upd.vbs VB script to install SP2, IE 6.0sp1, MSI, ZfD4 Agent
\winnt\IE55Upd.vbs VB script to install SP2, IE 5.5sp1, MSI, ZfD4 Agent
\winxp\IE6Upd.vbs VB script to install IE 6.0sp1, MSI, ZfD4 Agent
\winxp\IE55Upd.vbs VB script to install MSI, ZfD4 Agent
NovellLoginScriptModifications.doc Our login script addition to upgrade Novell Client

I modified the scripts to pull out our server names but left a tag saying "<Your Server Name Here>". We also modified the unattended text files to pull out IP Addresses, Server Names, SLP Region Names, Context Names, etc. A person will need to edit the files and put their info in them.

Download

Download zen4rocks.zip

Please NOTE: The password for the info in the zip file is zen4rocks

Contributors

This solution was a team effort created by the Information Technology Services Division of the State of Montana. Team members include:

Edward Sivils
Andy Quist
Jerry Kozak
Sky Foster
Kevin Heide
Kathy James
Rodney Shure
Mike Jares
Mike Hall
Tim Frederick
Sharon Maher
Carolyn Wolf
Kyle Kaufman
Kaye Davis
Jim Carbis

If you have any questions you may contact Andy Quist at aquist@state.mt.us


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