Default Num Lock is on or off controlled in the bios of a computer. In enterprise environments there is usually a bios password. So users aren’t allowed to change the default behavior of Num Lock (on or off).
Windows has a built in trick for this.
When the computer boots and the login screen is displayed set Num Lock to the preferred status. Then DON’T login but restart/shutdown the computer. The next time Num Lock is just the way the users want’s it
Q: Is is possible to let users change the default Num Lock status with a BIOS password?
A: Yes, set the preferred status at the login screen and reboot the pc.
There is even a solution for doing this in the registry.
- Start the registry-editor.
- Go to HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard.
- Change the value of InitialKeyboardIndicators from 0 to 2.
Within SCCM there is a functionality to remote control desktops. Because all the desktops and laptops have a SCCM client installed, it’s the logical way to use this feature. So no extra third party software must be installed/deployed.
On the site server the are two files named: rc.exe and rdpencom.dll Copy these two file to the servicedesk desktops so they can access them. (for Windows 2000 clients use remote.exe)
Open the SCCM Management Console and navigate to: Client Agents. Right click on: Remote Tools Client Agent select: Properties.
Add the Servicedesk User Group in the security tab.
And your done. When the rc.exe is started. Click: File –> Connect. Give the computer name to remote control, wait for acceptance and happy shadowing.
Q: Howto arrange remote control for the servidesk with the SCCM tools?
A: Copy rc.exe and rdpencom.dll from Site server to servicedesk, give servicedesk group rights to permit remote control.
During an OSD task sequence, I want the option to select if certain software is installed. This can be done by third party software solutions (like OSD++) but with ‘variables’ it’s possible direct in SCCM.
In this example I’m using the Windows XP Task Sequence which is advertised to the All Unknown Computers Collection and I want to choose to install AutoCAD 2010.
Right click on the collection and choose: Modify Collection Settings.
Go to tab: Collection Variables click on the new variable icon. Give the variable a name like: Install_AutoCAD_2010 and leave the value empty.
Edit the Task Sequence and go to the step where AutoCAD 2010 is being installed. Open tab: Options. Add a condition like the screenshot below.
When running the Task Sequence you are presented a screen where you set the variable. Set it to 1 to install AutoCAD.
Q: Howto filter software during OSD Task Sequence?
A: Create a variable to the collection and add it as a condition in the Task Sequence.