Month: July 2012

Ninite Automation – With E-Mail Confirmation + Logging!

I’ve had quite a bit of communication about how the AutoNinite script I wrote quite some time ago, and there were some features in it which I actually wasn’t happy about it.

So here I am with my latest version, it can be viewed over on GitHub @ https://github.com/fenneh/NiniteSloth

There are still a few features I want to build into it, such as not having a user have to edit so many variables, altering the report generated with some colour coding,

If you’re looking to run this as a scheduled task, I’ve also included a batch file to call the PowerShell script for a windows server.

Just simply create a new scheduled task, have it re-occur every day at a certain time and hook it up to the NiniteOne.bat packaged.

But really, please test this in your environments before going crazy and remember… YOU MUST SET THE VARIABLES TO BE SPECIFIC TO YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Hopefully, this will be helpful to some people, it’s currently what is powering the software updates within my own organization.

For more “detailed” instructions on how to use it, they can be viewed here: https://github.com/fennehNiniteSloth/blob/master/README.md

If you have any questions, leave a comment or email me at blog[at]fenneh.xyz


How to Prestage a VMWare VM in Windows AD via PowerCLI

Recently when working on our deployment of machines, we hit a few brick walls.

The main issue was how long it takes for a template from vSphere to be cloned, then join a domain. The delay is whilst you wait for the machine to Sysprep and VMWare to do its magic.

At first, I was dirty and put a delay in our creation scripts before doing anything else to the machine, but this just didn’t cut it.

So, I moved on to pre-staging the VM in our Windows AD, which meant things such as Group Policies and Security Groups would be applied on its very first boot which meant one less reboot before our virtual machines were ready to have applications deployed to them.

Here’s the function which can perform said wizardry… it’s pretty simple but doesn’t seem to be very well documented anyplace.