How to Deploy Adobe Reader (and Patches) with Active Directory

In my organization we push out Adobe Reader using an Active Directory policy. In order to do this using we use the Software Management features of Active Directory which requires an .MSI. Adobe supplies an .MSI for Adobe Reader and it’s relatively simple to deploy as long as it’s a base version (ie. no updates). However, If you have to apply the quarterly updates the process becomes a little less intuitive. It is my hope that contributing this information and the script below will make the process a little easier for people to keep their Adobe Reader patched.

How to Check S.M.A.R.T Status of Hard Drive Remotely

SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology incorporated into most hard drives that monitors the health the drive. Using SMART, the drive will log read/write failures. If the number of failures reach a certain threshold the drive can communicate that back to the BIOS or operating system and alert the user that the drive is failing. It’s then up to the user to replace the drive before the loss of data.

Windows Automatic Update Group Policy Reference

These are the possible Group Policy settings when configuring Automatic Updates as described in the “Group Policy Management” application. I needed them all in one place in order to discuss the settings with people in my organization.

How to Echo a Computer's IP Adress in a Batch File

This is going to just be a quick post but hopefully there’s enough detail to get you going.

Can't TFTP Boot into WDS with VirtualBox VM

I am using VirtualBox v4.1.16 r78094 on a Windows 7 x64 PC and my VM’s networking configuration is configured in “bridged” mode. As I was working on capturing a Windows 7 image to deploy for my company, I came across a strange issue. My VirtualBox VM was unable to PXE boot into the WDS environment. Other physical machines were not having an issue, just the VirtualBox VMs. When attempting to PXE boot, I would see this error.