|Michael Mott's Articles|
|During his tenure at both companies, Michael was involved in many technical projects. Biding his time at the helpdesk, he then moved to the Network Installation group, where he did network client installs to the lovely IBM model 65/70/80 PC’s. It was here he learned the ins and outs of Pathworks and DOS memory management, plus the intricacies of micro channel NIC cards and lovely ADF files.|
He lead the Windows NT 4.0 rollout project back in 1998, and was involved in the current rollout of Windows 2000 at the Ann Arbor site. The role of SMS admin was dumped in his lap (aren’t all SMS admins born that way) back in 1996. At that time the SMS site was running at version 1.1 and was used only for application sharing to about 400 systems. Michael quickly brought the site up to 1.2, and after learning how to write login scripts, proceeded to get the SMS client out to 3500 systems. He then migrated the 1.2 site to SMS 2.0 SP3 and life couldn’t have gotten better. Using Wise, SMS installer, Kix, WSH and VBS he has proceeded to make his daily tasks a “one click wonder”.
Michael and his wife live in the lovely small town of Monroe Michigan, home of General Custer. They live in an older home that his wife has spent most of the last year remodeling and updating. He helped a little. Michael enjoys/loves/spends to much time at golf, plays the guitar and likes, well, beer!
Michael can be conacted at Michael.email@example.com
Ad’s and spyware and worms oh my
4/15/2005 - Security
It’s like a fantasy world out there anymore as we traverse down the yellow brick road of the internet, picking wanted and un-wanted friends along the way. OZ never had it this bad though, no magical wizards here to help us make it back home safe and sound. Or is there?
4/15/2005 - SMS Installer
Here is a utility that we beat out of one of our summer interns a few years back. It’s a compiled exe that allows you to take a list of machine names from a text file, and run a password changer for the local admin account.
SMS Spybot Package
8/30/2004 - SMS Installer
Here is a simple SMS package that can easily be set as a man/non man job, and allow your users or techies to clean desktops of spyware.
SUS Feature Pack Web Reporting Addition
3/8/2003 - SMS 2.x
Here is a simple addition you can add to you machine details screen in web reports if you are using the SUS for SMS feature pack.
SUS Feature Pack, the Missing Documentation
12/6/2002 - SMS 2.x
This document is a quick throw together due to lack of “visible” documents included in the Software updates services in the recently released SMS Feature Pack
How To: Getting SMS HotFixes
11/17/2001 - SMS 2.x
If you are looking for a specific HotFix for your SMS site, keep this phone number handy.
SMS Query: All Systems with IIS Installed
8/9/2001 - SMS 2.x
This SMS Query retrieves those computers that have the IIS web services installed.
Global Group Creator
8/6/2001 - Altiris
Here is a little tool called Global Group Creator. Its written in Wise installer and could provide you with a quick and easy way to create a fast deployment solution if using global groups enumeration.
Getting IE Info Using Kixtart
7/20/2001 - SMS 1.2
For those Kix users, this script retrieves the file information from shdocvw.dll to obtain the accurate IE version information.