Monday, January 30, 2012

How to send an email for completed OS installs from Specops Deploy / OS

Our friends Johan and Mikael over at Deployment Research wrote an article a while back on sending an email from MDT 2010 when an OS Deployment completes.  Some of our customers have asked if this is possible with Specops Deploy / OS ?  Well of course MDT 2010 Update 1 is one of the fundamental building blocks of Specops Deploy / OS so integration of email into our task sequences is a simple task.  Here's how to do it.
  • Download ZTIMailSend from the Deployment Research Blog and extract to a local Drive for example D:\ZTISendMail.
  • On the Specops Deploy / OS Image Server open the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Deployment Workbench.
  • Open a Deployment Share and navigate to the SpecopsDeploymentRespository which resides in DriveLetter:\Specops\Deploy\DeploymentRespository.
  • Right click on the Applications Section of the Deployment Share and Select New Application and enter the following information.

    • Working directory: .\Applications\ZTISendmail
    • Application with source files
    • Application name: ZTISendmail
    • Source Directory: D:\ZTISendMail
    • Specify the name of the directory that ZTISendmailshould be created: 
    • Command Line: cscript.exe ZTISendmail.wsf
  • Right click on the new created Application and Select properties.  On the general tab ensure "Hide this application in the Deployment Wizard" and "Enable this Application" are checked.
  • Select the Task Sequences Folder and select the task sequence you wish to modify.  When  you import an Operating System into Specops Deploy / OS there are two task sequences created by default "Install" and "Capture" only modify the "Install" task sequence.

  • Add ZTISendMail as the last step to the Task Sequence.
  • Open Windows Explorer and navigate to DriveLetter:\Specops\Deploy\DeploymentRespository\Control and Edit CustomSettings.ini 
  • Paste and append the following information into the relevant sections of the CustomSettings.ini file changing the settings to match your environment.  Do not replace existing Specops Settings.
Priority=Default, SendMail
_SMSTSOrgName=%OSDComputername% soon to be in service.
OSDSendMailSubject=Mail from MDT01
OSDSendMailBody=The computer: %OSDComputerName% was installed at: #Now()#

For Example.

  • Save the CustomSettings.ini file and use the Specops Deploy / OS console to publish the Deployment Repository to the Deployment Share. 
  • Start your client builds and watch the emails flowing in.

  • You will need to ensure that your SMTP Server support anonymous authentication so that Specops Deploy / OS can send emails automatically. 

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