I needed to add some additional software (Psexec, BGInfo, and cmtrace) to all of my VMs. However, adding this software manually to each new VM would be a tedious task, so instead of doing it manually I decided to automate the process! As a bonus every new VM that gets created from this point on will automatically get this additional software via a package advertised through Configuration Manager.
To begin with, I needed to create a collection of only VMs to which I will deploy the package to.
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Once the collection was created, I needed to create the source folder to store the applications. In this case D:\Additional Software
Next, I needed to create a batch file which has the commands to copy my additional application software to their desired locations. The batch file will also be stored in the source folder. My batch file looks like this:
copy bginfo.exe c:\windows
copy bgconfig.bgi c:\windows
copy cmtrace.exe c:\windows
copy psexec.exe c:\windows
copy bgstartup.bat C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp
Now in Configuration Manager, I created a package and program that will be deployed to the VM collection.
Once the package was created, I edited the package and specified it to contain the source files, which is the source folder.
Once added, click OK.
On the Environment tab, I set the program to run Whether or not a user is logged on and Run with administrative rights.
Now that that is all done, I was able to deploy the package. The batch file runs on the destination VMs and copies the files to their desired locations.
Every time a new VM is added to the collection, the package will be run and the programs will be installed. No more manual labor!