Browsium Ion, HTTPS and Proxy Authentication

I’ve been playing around with Browsium Ion recently and I was testing a HTTPS URL, trying to force the default ‘Edge’ emulation mode to run in ‘IE8’ emulation mode instead.  For HTTP URLs it worked fine.  However with HTTPS URLS, when a new instance of iexplore.exe launched (presumably after being intercepted and spawned by Browsium Ion) the user was prompted for proxy authentication.  Even upon entering correct credentials it still didn’t authenticate.  After clicking ‘cancel’ dozens of times, the authentication prompt eventually went away and we saw the page rendering successfully in IE8 Emulation mode.

Specifying a Proxy Host and Port

To resolve the authentication issue we can specifically provide a proxy host and port (one that authenticates for the user) by adding the following to Advanced Profile Set for the profile in question:

Browsium Proxy

Move or Copy AD users

This is a simple PowerShell script to either copy AD users or move AD users from one AD group to another:

Move AD Users

Copy AD Users

 

Add And Remove Services Entries

This is a quick script I’ve used to add and remove entries to the windows services file. It ignores commented lines (lines starting with a hash (#)), and it also doesn’t validate the format of the host or port/protocol so use with care!

Usage

cscript.exe services.vbs “Add” “localhost” “8080/http”
cscript.exe services.vbs “Remove” “localhost” “8080/http”

and here’s an example of how it can be called from another vbscript:

 

Install and Uninstall an MSI using PowerShell

This is an example of how to install and uninstall an MSI using PowerShell.

It passes in a string array as the msiexec arguments. So you can add more arguments as you see fit. Pay close attention to the quotes around the file paths (in case they contain spaces).

 

Error 16389 for .Net Framework 4.6.2 as SCCM Application

In brief, when configuring .Net 4.6.2 as an SCCM 2012 application we get an error 16389.  Even when I checked the ‘Run installation and uninstall program as 32-bit process on 64-bit clients’ i still had the issue.  So I followed the aforementioned guide and fixed a couple of bugs.

So, first download the offline installer from here.

Now, using 7-Zip, extract the contents of NDP462-KB3151800-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe to a folder of your choice.

Now select all of the extracted content (hold down shift or ctrl to select multiple), right-click, 7-Zip and Add to Archive.

Then use settings similar to the following – ensure you check ‘Create SFX archive’ and name the archive as an executable:

Add To Archive

Click OK and it will create a self extracting executable.  By default the extraction method isn’t silent – it shows a progress bar in a GUI.  But we can make it run silently by using the following VBScript file to perform the extraction and installation:

The default .Net executable is heavily compressed.  When extracted it extracts to over 1gb!  So I would suggest it’s worthwhile compressing it like above using 7-Zip (which doesn’t compress it quite as well, admittedly.)

Finally, the detection method:

.Net Detection Method

You can find the relevant release number for your version of .Net from here.

Add and Remove Hosts Entries

This is a quick script I’ve used to add and remove entries to the windows hosts file. It ignores commented lines (lines starting with a hash (#)), and it also doesn’t validate the format of the host or IP address so use with care!

Usage

cscript.exe hosts.vbs “Add” “10.10.10.10” “example”
cscript.exe hosts.vbs “Remove” “10.10.10.10”

 

InstallShield Could Not Find File – Error Code -6103

My current client uses the standalone InstallShield repackager to snapshot applications on virtual machines.  When we copy the captured project back to the host machine and try to build the project, we often get errors such as “Could not find file xxx” (Error code -6103)

This issue is present because in the ISPathVariable table, the SOURCEFILEPATH entry will contain a hard coded path – usually C:\Packages.  What we need to do is change this to a relative path so that we can build our package successfully from any location.  So, considering a project folder structure similar to the below:

 

 

 

 

 

We can replace the SOURCEFILEPATH value with <ISProjectFolder>..\ like so:

 

 

<ISProjectFolder> is merely a reference to the project folder location (the folder that contains your .ISM file).  By adding a couple of periods and a backslash to the end, we are telling InstallShield to look up one level from our project folder (i.e, look in the Software folder), and that will contain the source files for our package!

Search for a File Inside a Merge Module

Description

Sometimes I need to find if a file exists inside a merge module.  Since I don’t know which specific merge module I’m looking for, I wrote this script to iterate through every merge module in a specific folder to find a specific file in the File table.

Usage

CScript.exe {Script} {FileToSearchFor}

 

Clean Up the Windows Start Menu

Sometimes after an install or an uninstall we want to clean up the start menu – usually this involves removing shortcuts to uninstall the application, shortcuts that link to help files and/or shortcuts that attempt to install additional components.  This tidy script (tested on Windows 7) can be used to populate file(s) and folder(s) names that require deleting.

 

Using a Hashtable for Key/Value pairs

This is a simple example of how we can use a hashtable to store and update key/value pairs: