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Using SCCM 2012 Application Model to Install PsExec

By Garth Jones

I do a lot of testing with PsExec because I need this tool to simulate exactly how System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12) and CM07 install / run applications.

Recently, while I was doing some testing, I needed to run PsExec on one of my new servers, but I noticed that it was not installed. In order to install PsExec, I wanted to use CM12’s application model, but PsExec does NOT have a MSI file to install. It simply has an .exe file in a zip file. In lieu of a MSI file, I created a script installation application for PsExec.

If you’re ever in a similar situation, follow these steps:

First, create a registry key to use with your detection method.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Enhansoft\Tools]
“PSExec”=”Installed”

Then create a batch file to install PsExec and place it with the unzipped source files.

copy %~dps0*.* %windir%\system32
regedit /s psexec.reg
regedit /s ES_Flag.reg

Now, in the CM12 console, click on the Create Application button in the Software Library node.

Application Model - Manually Specify Application Information

Select the “Manually specify the application information” option. Click on Next.

Application Model - General Information

Fill in the details about your application and click on Next.

Application Model - Application Catalog

Fill in the details in this dialogue box and then click on Next.

Application Model - Script Installer

Select Script Installer and then click on Next.

Application Model - Deployment Types

Click Add…

Application Model - Content

Enter the source location and the batch file information and then click on Next.

Application Model - Detection Method

Click Add Clause….

Application Model - Detection Rule

Change the Setting Type to Registry and select the registry key. In my case, in order to test the full functionality I also enabled, “This registry setting must satisfy the following rule to indicate the presence of this application,” and used “Equals” with Operator and typed in “Installed” for Value. Next, click OK and then click on Next.

Application Model - User Experience

Change the options as required and click on Summary.

Application Model - Summary

Click on Next.

Application Model - Deployment Types-Summary

Click on Summary.

Application Model - Confirm Settings

Click on Next and then click on Close.

That’s all there is to it and PsExec should install shortly. Treat this application script just as you would any other application deployment. I assigned this to my All Desktop and Server Clients collection.

Afterwards, I started thinking about how else this script installation application could be used, for example with BgInfo!