Posts tagged: Utility

New utility: Printer Migration Wizard

Animated, Gears, boxFrom the Technote Dept. One of the RES developers have been kind enough to share a utility, which may help you import existing printers into Workspace Manager via a BuildingBlock. You can import printers directly from Active Directory or from a CSV file. The tool also supports hooking up printers to zones via the CSV file. This article may be updated with further info, so stay tuned for updates.

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New Tool: GPO to RES Converter

From the Community Hero Dept. One of the things I state over and over, is that we're our own worst critics here at RES Software. While this is good thing, yammering about stuff, is one way of getting things changed. Another approach is actually DOING something about it yourself. This is the reason why I want to highlight a really nice tool, called ImportGPO – which my good friend and colleague, Dennis Raemakers has developed on his own. Today I'm proud to be able share it with the RES community at large:

The ability to read the given configuration information stored in GPO's and import it into the RES Workspace Manager, has been a long sought after feature. This is exactly what this tool does and a bit more! While there are other tools out there, such as the previously covered VEToolkit, which does similar – the more tools of this kind enriches the RES community resource pool. Either way, the advantage of exporting the GPO's themselves is that they contain the whole picture, not just the resulting set o settings being applied via the .POL files. The ImportGPO utility works like this:

  1. First go to a Win7/2008 box and start your Group Policy Management Console, for example by running GPMC.MSC
  2. Now navigate to the policy which you want to convert. Go to the Settings tab
  3. Rightclick and chose "Save Report.."
  4. Chose to save the report as .XML format (not .TXT) This is important.

Just do it like shown above on the right, where I've used the Domain Default policy as an example.

Once you got the XML export of the given GPO, it's time to fire up the ImportGPO utility, which can be downloaded further down.

In the tool, you want to use the Import XML file button on the right and get the report you've just created into the tool. Once imported, there is a couple of things to know about what you're looking at. All settings in RED are disabled settings. With the checkboxes at the bottom of the screen you can chose to hide disabled settings. You can also decide not to export disabled settings. You might also see some settings appearing in BLUE. These are HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE based settings. The tool will export both HKCU and HKLM settings as seperate .reg files, which you now can import respectively into Workspace Manager and RES Automation Manager.

The tool also supports GPO's for Folder Redirection. This means if you have a policy which specifies that some shellfolders (such as Desktop or MyDocuments) should be living somewhere else, you can export this to a BuildingBlock that will import directly into the Folder Redirection node of Workspace Manager 2012 (yes, only this version and up). If you import a GPO file which contains any folder redirections, an asterix (*) will flash on each side of the Folder Redirection tab in the tool. All you need to do is go there and select which shellfolder redirections you want to include.

One important thing is the checkbox to enable the Folder Redirection node at the bottom of the tab. Enabeling this box, will instruct Workspace Manager to turn on the Folder Redirection feature under Composition | Actions by Type | File and Folders | Folder Redirection when you import the BuildingBlock. Only do this when you are absolutely sure the paths are valid and sound, otherwise first review the redirection paths in the Workspace Manager console. Also, if you uncheck a given redirection policy, it will still be exported to the BuildingBlock, but will be disabled per default. This concludes the walkthrough of the ImportGPO tool.

Download the ImportGPO v0.3 tool here – This package contains a couple of sample GPO xml exports as well, one for some generic HKCU based settings, and one that contains folder redirection settings.

This is a tool in development and provided as-is. There is good things to come – Stay tuned! If you have ideas or feedback to Dennis on the ImportGPO tool in the meantime, feel free to comment below.



Secret Tools of the Common Crow…

Swiss Knife This posting was really supposed to have be called Secret tools of the RES Engineer, but then all of a sudden, an old Gary Larson cartoon came to mind, and ruined everything… Damn you Mr. Larson!! ;-)


Okay… so maybe a spatula isn’t gonna make the 10 o’clock news, but perhaps some other tools which are little known, which are really nice to know about would peak your interest. There is just one catch to this. You’ll have to ask around for the utilities in this article as they were really only written for internal use, but several customers and integrators got copies of them. Please do NOT contact RES Support for these tools.

Nevertheless, you ought to know about them as they can help you speed up a troubleshooting session by having the information available. Perhaps RES will make these things downloadable in the future. If this happens, stick around, RESguru will let you know.

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Migration Tool for Citrix XenApp

Swiss Knife Today RES released a cool utility which will help existing XenApp customers implement PowerFuse way more swiftly. What the tool does is read existing published applications from a serverfarm, create the applications inside PowerFuse and create new PowerFuse managed published applications. It even reads any existing file associations configured in the Xenapp environment – Übercool!

There is a nice PDF which describes things well here: Icon, PDF file  The Migration tool can be downloaded from RES here.

Remember, you saw it first on! ;-)