ConfigMgr - An Administrator's Guide to Deploying Applications using PowerShell
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ConfigMgr - An Administrator's Guide to Deploying Applications using PowerShell

About the Book

My manager asked me to deploy an application: "Should be simple", he said. "It's a Setup.exe and part-way through the installer, the user has to make a choice from a drop-down menu - they must select 'Sage Enterprise Management' and you know they wont, so make sure that part's automated"

"After that, I have one more urgent deployment; you'll need to customise an xml file which needs to be copied to a specific folder structure that may or may not already exist on the computer.  And there's an Excel Add-in - so we'll need it to be automatically picked up by Excel and activated so that the tab appears with no end-user config. Should be a piece of cake."

Fed up of sand being kicked in your face? Exactly how do you deploy a PowerShell script? What if it's a function? What if it's not? What if it accepts parameters? How do you know which properties of your MSI can be tweaked and even more importantly, how do you know what values can be passed to them? What about detection rules? What if there's nothing to detect? Help!

If you would like to know how to achieve all of this and much, much more using Microsoft Configuration Manager (SCCM) and PowerShell then you will want to read this book.

About the Author

Owen Smith
Owen Smith

Owen Smith has over 20 years experience working within the I.T industry and currently works as a Senior Network Administrator for a global company based in the U.K headquarters. As well as being an author, he has an I.T podcast and runs a popular technology blog focused mainly on Microsoft Configuration Manager and PowerShell.

Reader Testimonials

Nathan L
Nathan L


Woah I had no idea about all these flags and properties available via MSIEXEC! Thanks Oz, I can see this being really useful for getting a base VM from 0 to Infor installation ! Thanks very much. It’s really clear and concise too. You should write more!

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • Who This Book Is For
    • How This Book is Organised
      • Code
      • The Sum of Its Parts
  • Part 1: Why Use PowerShell?
    • PowerShell Cmdlets
      • Write-Host
      • Get-Location
      • Set-Location
      • Push-Location \ Pop-Location
      • Get-Process \ Stop-Process
      • Start-Process
      • New-Item
      • New-ItemProperty
      • Get-Item
      • Test-Path
      • Try \ Catch
      • Copy-Item
      • The Story so Far
  • Part 2: MSIEXEC
    • Fundamentals
      • View the help
      • Where Is It?
      • Better to use $Env:
    • Parameters
      • Installation
      • Silent Install
      • No Restart
      • Uninstall
    • Properties
      • Which Properties Can I Set?
      • How to Find Valid Property Values
    • Uninstall GUIDs
      • 32-bit Installations
      • 64-bit Installations
    • Setup.exe
      • Example MSI Extraction
    • The Story so Far
  • Part 3: Detection Rules
    • Why Use PowerShell?
    • Detection Fundamentals
      • The Microsoft “Rules”
      • In Practice
      • Where Do I Put My Detection Rules Anyway?
      • Silently Continue
    • Detection Rule Context
      • Why Context Matters
      • The Solution
      • To Summarise
    • Detection Types
      • File \ Folder Presence
      • Executable Presence
      • Executable Version
      • Registry Key
      • Registry Value
    • Custom Detection
      • Why Use Custom Detection?
      • By File
      • By Registry
    • Branching
      • By Office Bitness
    • Examples
      • Mimecast Detection (Branching Example)
      • Java Detection (This and This)
    • The Story so Far
  • Part 4: Location, Location, Location
    • Where Is This Script Running from Anyway?
      • How We Used to Do Things
      • The Various Solutions
      • A Better Way
    • File Placement
      • Where to Place Your Files for Deployment
    • Referencing Files
      • Referencing Files in a Flat Structure
      • Referencing Files in Subdirectories
      • If You’re Elsewhere…
      • And Finally…
    • The Story so Far
  • Part 5: Installing the Program
    • Calling the MSI or Setup.exe
    • Start Your Engines Please
    • Parameters
      • -FilePath
      • -ArgumentList
      • -NoNewWindow
      • -Wait
    • Dealing with Spaces
    • Putting It All Together
      • Example 1 - Simple MSI
      • Example 2 - MSI with Properties
      • Example 3 - Setup.Exe
    • The Story so Far
  • Part 6: Deploying the Script
    • Calling Your Script
      • Standard Script (Top to bottom)
      • Script with Entry Point
      • Function
      • Function Accepting Parameters
    • The Story so Far
  • Part 7: Deployment Template
    • How to Use
      • Deploying Based on Office ‘Bitness’
      • Deploying Based on Operating System Architecture
      • Pre-Deployment Tasks
      • Post-Deployment Tasks
      • Logging
      • How to Call the Template
      • Lead by Example
    • The Story so Far
  • Part 8: Useful Code Snippets
      • Detect Office ‘Bitness’
      • Detect Operating System Architecture
      • Obtaining the Current Logged in User Name
      • Copying Files
      • No Include
      • Register \ Unregister DLL’s
      • Use the Template!
  • Part 9: Real-World Examples
    • Ready to go Scripts
      • Adobe Reader
      • Java
      • Firefox
      • Mimecast
      • Fusion Excel Connect Client
  • Tips
  • Bonus Chapter 1
    • A Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying a CCMCache Resize
      • The Scenario
  • Bonus Chapter 2
    • A Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying EMC SourceOne Agent for Offline Files
      • Objectives
      • Download and Extract the Files!
      • Move the Files to the SCCM Source Location
      • Discover the Silent Deployment Switches
      • The Deployment Template
      • Download the Pre-Configured Deployment Template
      • Create The Application
      • Installation Program
      • The Detection Rule
      • Traditional Method
      • PowerShell Method
      • Lock and Load
      • Summary
  • Bonus Chapter 3
    • A Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying RSAT Components for Windows 10
      • Background
      • Get the Script
      • Install-RSATCapabilities
      • Uninstall-RSATCapabilities
      • Season to Taste
      • Move the Script to the SCCM Source Location
      • Create The Application
      • Installation Program
      • The Detection Rule
      • Distribute and Deploy
      • The Result
  • Afterword
    • Don’t Be a Stranger!
    • Suggested Reading

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