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Case study: Consultancy company logon script

In this case study, a consultancy company has created a logon script to perform the following at logon:
  • Connect printers based on groups
  • Log all logons to a SQL Server database
  • Set up an ODBC driver for an SQL Server application
  • Create a corporate Microsoft Outlook signature
  • Install common applications


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Logon script

Case study: Consultancy company logon script

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Script 1: Main logon script

The main logon script basically logs logons to SQL Server, connects printers based on groups and sets up a SQL Server ODBC connection for the Swyx application. At the bottom of the script, two additional scripts are included that will create a corporate Microsoft Outlook signature and install the base applications that all consultants must have.
PreLogon.fsh

/* SHOW WELCOME SPLASH SCREEN */

Splash Welcome to the Acme network,[UserFullName][Return][Return]You are logging on to: [ComputerName],Images/MyCompanyLogo.png

 

/** LOG LOGON TO SQL SERVER **/

ExecSQL "Insert Into LogInData (LoginTime,UserName,ComputerName,ClientName,ClientIP) Values ('[SQLDateTime]','[UserName]',_

        '[ComputerName]','[TSClientName]','[TSClientIP]')",192.112.88.12,ServerLoginLog,LoggingUser,bKFG5ghe9FeNST2E2Gv7PQ==

 

/** SET CLIENT TIME **/

SetTimeFromServer

 

/** CONNECT PRINTERS AND SHARE **/

If UserIsMemberOf Employees Then ConnectShare M:,\\AcmeSrv24\dfs,Acme

 

If UserIsMemberOf tek_sec_level_print Then

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpsha4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\tekshaalm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4kraft

 SetPrinterDefault \\AcmeSrv23\recpsha4alm

End If

 

If UserIsMemberOf adm_print Then

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpsha4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4kraft

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\erpa4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\Acme.dk\hjogls13

 SetPrinterDefault \\AcmeSrv23\recpsha4alm

End If

 

If UserIsMemberOf erp_print Then

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4kraft

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\erpa4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\uda4alm

 SetPrinterDefault \\AcmeSrv23\erpa4alm

End If

 

If UserIsMemberOf dev_print Then

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4kraft

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\erpa4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\uda4alm

 SetPrinterDefault \\AcmeSrv23\uda4alm

End If

 

If UserIsMemberOf sales_print Then

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpsha4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4alm

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\recpa4kraft

 ConnectPrinter \\AcmeSrv23\erpa4alm

 SetPrinterDefault \\AcmeSrv23\recpsha4alm

End If

 

/* SET UP ODBC DRIVER FOR SWYX */

WriteRegistry HKLM\SOFTWARE\ODBC\ODBC.INI\swyxcalllist\Driver, C:\Windows\system32\SQLSRV32.dll

WriteRegistry HKLM\SOFTWARE\ODBC\ODBC.INI\swyxcalllist\Server, AcmeSrv74\sqlexpress

WriteRegistry HKLM\SOFTWARE\ODBC\ODBC.INI\swyxcalllist\Database, calldetails

WriteRegistry HKLM\SOFTWARE\ODBC\ODBC.INI\swyxcalllist\LastUser, xxx

WriteRegistry HKLM\SOFTWARE\ODBC\ODBC.INI\swyxcalllist\Trusted_Connection, Yes

 

/* CREATE OUTLOOK SIGNATURE FILE ONCE */

If UserOnce OutlookSignature Then Include CreateSignature.fsh

 

/* WAIT A COUPLE OF SECONDS TO AVOID A TOO QUICK SPLASH SCREEN REMOVAL */

Sleep 3

 

/* INSTALL APPS - UNLESS IT'S TERMINAL SERVER */

RemoveSplash

If Not RemoteSession Then Include InstallApps.fsh

Script 2: Outlook signature script file

The main logon script included a script file called CreateSignature.fsh, unless the user logs on to a non-Remote Desktop Services session. This script file is included once per user and creates a .txt version and a .htm version of the signature for any version of Microsoft Outlook. The purpose of automatically creating the signature file is to ensure that all employees have the same corporate signature.
CreateSignature.fsh

/** SET REGISTRY KEYS **/

WriteRegistry HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\General\Signatures, Signatures

WriteRegistry HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\General\Signatures, Signatures

WriteRegistry HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Common\General\Signatures, Signatures

 

DeleteRegistryKey HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\MailSettings\NewSignature

DeleteRegistryKey HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\MailSettings\ReplySignature

DeleteRegistryKey HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Options\Mail\EnableLogging

 

DeleteRegistryKey HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\MailSettings\NewSignature

DeleteRegistryKey HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\MailSettings\ReplySignature

DeleteRegistryKey HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options\Mail\EnableLogging

 

/** CREATE SIGNATURE DIRECTORY **/

If Not DirectoryExists [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures Then

 MakeDir [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures

End If

 

/** CREATE TXT VERSION **/

If FileExists [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt Then

 DeleteFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt

End If

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,Regards

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,[UserFullName]

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,Direct 11223344

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,Acme Road 1 · 91101 Pasadena

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,Phone 1-555-555-5555

AppendFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.txt,info@Acme.com · www.Acme.com

 

/** CREATE HTML VERSION **/

If FileExists [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.htm Then

 DeleteFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.htm

End If

Set HtmlFile=[UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme.htm

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<html>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<body>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="0" style="border-collapse: collapse">

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<tr>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<td width="50%"><br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<font face="Calibri" style="font-size: 11pt"><font color="#1F497D">

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],Regards<br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<b>[UserFullName]</b><br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],Direct <a href="callto: 11223344"><font color="#1F497D">11223344</a><br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<img border="0" src="Acme-logo.jpg"><br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],Acme Road 1 · 91101 Pasadena<br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],Phone 1-555-555-5555<br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],</font><a href="mailto:info@Acme.com"><font color="#1F497D">

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],info@Acme.com</font></a><font color="#1F497D"> · </font>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<a target="_blank" href="http://www.Acme.com"><font color="#1F497D">

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],www.Acme.com</font></a></font></td>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<td width="50%" align="right">

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<img border="0" src="banner.jpg"><br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],</td>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],</tr>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],</table>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],<i><font face="Calibri" size="1"><br/>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],"This email may contain personal or confidential information.<br/>"

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],"If you are receiving this email by mistake, please return to sender as quickly as possible"

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],"without further distribution, copying or archiving.</font></i>"

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],</body>

AppendFile [Var HtmlFile],</html>

 

/** COPY LOGO AND BANNER FILES **/

If FileExists [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\banner.jpg Then

 DeleteFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\banner.jpg

End If

If FileExists [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme-logo.jpg Then

 DeleteFile [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme-logo.jpg

End If

CopyFile \\Acme.com\netlogon\Acme\banner.jpg, [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\banner.jpg

CopyFile \\Acme.com\netlogon\Acme\Acme-logo.jpg, [UserProfileDir]\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures\Acme-logo.jpg

Script 3: Install applications script file

The main script included a script named InstallApps.fsh. This script will at all logons test, if a series of applications is installed and if not, install them in turn as a domain admin user named "Acmepcinstall". Observe that this approach works only because UAC is disabled for administrators in this setup. Please refer to the UAC page for more information. The installations are not run with unattended switches, because it is allowed to customize installation options.
InstallApps.fsh

/************************ .NET 4 ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Extended Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstalldotnet

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\dotnet4,[TempDir]\TempInstalldotnet

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstalldotnet

  Run dotNetFx40.exe

  Splash Microsoft DotNet 4,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ OFFICE 2010 ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled Microsoft Office Professionel Plus 2010 Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstalloffice

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\Office\Office_Pro_Plus_2010DK,[TempDir]\TempInstalloffice

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstalloffice

  Run Setup.exe

  Splash Office 2010,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ SWYX ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled SwyxIt! Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstallswyx

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\swyx,[TempDir]\TempInstallswyx

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstallswyx

  Run MSIexec.exe,/I MSWSE30.msi /QB /NoRestart

  If Windows32Bit Then

    Run MSIexec.exe,/I SwyxIt!EnglishUK32.msi /QB /NoRestart

  End If

  If Windows64Bit Then

    Run MSIexec.exe,/I SwyxIt!EnglishUK64.msi /QB /NoRestart

  End If

  Splash Swyx,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ ADOBE FLASH ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstalladobe

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\adobe,[TempDir]\TempInstalladobe

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstalladobe

  If Windows32Bit Then

    Run MSIexec.exe,/I flash_player1132bit.msi /QB /NoRestart

  End If

  If Windows64Bit Then

    Run MSIexec.exe,/I flash_player1164bit.msi /QB /NoRestart

  End If

  Splash Adobe Flash Player,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ ADOBE READER ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled Adobe Reader Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstallreader

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\adobe,[TempDir]\TempInstallreader

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstallreader

  Run AdbeRdr1010DK.exe

  Splash Adobe Reader X,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ TEAM VIEWER ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled teamviewer Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstallteam

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\teamviewer,[TempDir]\TempInstallteam

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstallteam

  Run teamviewer.exe

  Splash Teamviewer,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ GOTOMAXX ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled gotomaxx Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstallgoto

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\gotomaxx,[TempDir]\TempInstallgoto

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstallgoto

  Run pdfmailer5.exe

  Splash GotoMaxx,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ DYNAMICS AX ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstallax

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\axapta,[TempDir]\TempInstallax

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstallax

  Run Setup.exe  '', "HideUI=1 AcceptLicenseTerms=1 LicenseTermsVersion=en-US InstallClientUI=1 ClientConfig=0 ClientAosServer=md02aos"

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstallax\sp1

  Run axupdate.exe

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstallax\HF7SP1

  Run axupdate.exe

  Splash Dynamics Ax,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ JAVA ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled Java Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstalljava

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\java,[TempDir]\TempInstalljava

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstalljava

  Run jre-6u29.exe

  Splash Java,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ ARCIT ************************/

If Not ProgramInstalled ArcIT Then

  LogonUser Acme\Acmepcinstall,cdONm4vA9I51t24ciWfnvw==

  MakeDir [TempDir]\TempInstallarc

  CopyDir \\Acme.com\dfs\Install\_AcmePcInstall\arcit,[TempDir]\TempInstallarc

  SetCurrentDir [TempDir]\TempInstallarc

  Run setup.exe

  Splash ArcIt,is now installed on your pc

  Sleep 3

  RemoveSplash

End If

 

/************************ DELETE TEMP FILES ************************/

ResumeOnError

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstallswyx

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstallarc

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstalljava

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstallax

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstallgoto 

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstallteam

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstallreader

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstalladobe

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstalloffice

DeleteDir [TempDir]\TempInstalldotnet

StopOnError

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"Use this as a replacement for VBScript and PowerShell"

"It's easy to include attractive GUI elements in FastTrack scripts, beyond the basic dialog boxes and text input that VBScript offers ... Another powerful feature is the ability to distribute scripts as Windows Installer (.msi) or standard .exe files. Although interesting in its own right, this ability results in a much more intriguing capability: to repackage -- or wrap -- software installers as .msi files without using snapshots. If you've ever created an .msi installer file from before-and-after system snapshots, for use with a software distribution system such as Group Policy or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), then you know how hit-and-miss the results can be."

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Rating: 8 out of 10

"Faster than the rest"

"We found the FastTrack syntax to be more transparent and easier to learn than Microsoft's PowerShell – the editor in particular provided good support in this regard. Scripting mode offers a large number of options from the command set through to simple output of graphical elements, which cannot be achieved at all with PowerShell or other solutions or only with a significantly greater level of effort."

"Anyone wanting to tackle the many hurdles in everyday admin and especially anyone for whom logon scripts and client automation is a priority will benefit from the variety of functions offered by FastTrack."

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