Monday, October 6, 2008

Script to Force Client Inventory on 64-Bit OS

In my previous post I posted the script to force HW and SW inventory on a client. However if you run the script on 64-bit vista or '08, you will get a 800a01ad error code (I'm guessing this will also happen of 64-bit XP, but didnt' test it). The specific error is: ActiveX component can't create object: 'CPAPPLET.CPAppletMgr' . The issue is that configmgr's applet's are 32-bit only. On a 64-bit system, Open control panel and you will not see the configmgr cpl, unless you open the "View 32-bit Control Panel" applet. By default, 64-bit versions of windows call the 64-bit version of the scripting host (wscript or cscript), which will only talk to the 64-bit part of the control panel. So the solution is to call the 32-bit scripting host that will talk to the 32-bit control panel items. A simple batch file to run from either verison of the OS to launch your vbs using the correct scripting host will do the trick:

if exist %systemroot%\SysWOW64\cscript.exe goto run64
%systemroot%\SysWOW64\cscript.exe \\server\share\swinventory.vbs

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