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  • Nickolas Golubev 8:13 pm on December 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Install all available SCCM updates and reboot remote Windows machines 

    Ever needed to install every patch available in SCCM to multiple Windows machines, but have no SCCM access to push installs?

    I found this excellent script made by Eswar Koneti:

    https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCCM-Configmgr-Powershell-ebbb2c0e
    http://eskonr.com/2016/11/sccm-configmgr-powershell-script-to-install-software-updates-on-remote-clients/

    It reads the clients.txt file for a list of hostnames / IPS, connects to each one remotely and installs everything avaible in SCCM.

    I also made an additional tool in order to automatically reboot all machines that are included in clients.txt.

    With both scripts you can push all security updates to your windows machines and then reboot them.

    Running:

    *Edit clients.txt and put in the list of machines you would like to update and reboot. Either hostnames or IPs work.
    *Open a powershell prompt:
    *Set execution policy to allow for the execution of un-signed scripts.
    *Type “y” and press enter

    Set-ExecutionPolicy -scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass

    *Now run the SCCM update script

    .\install_all_updates_in_sccm.ps1

    *Eswar’s script will create a InstallUpdates.log, check for errors.
    *Wait a few minutes for updates to install and then run the reboot all script, type “yes” to continue.

    .\reboot_all_machines.ps1

    *My script will create a reboot.log, check for errors.

    Download here: sccm_all_updates_and_reboot.zip

     
  • Nickolas Golubev 11:50 pm on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Fixing a Hexbright 

    The HexBright came out as a KickStarter project several years ago. The light features a user programmable Atmega168, solid aluminum body, CREE XM-L U2 LED, accelerometer and temperature sensors. Since the lights are no longer available and are of such high quality I have had the pleasure of undertaking the repair of two of them.

    There are 4 common problems with the HexBright flashlight:.

    1) Battery will not charge and flash light does not turn on after being left off in storage for a long period of time. This is caused by the battery draining to the point where the internal protection circuitry on the battery will not allow for it to be charged back up.
    — symptom: flash light does not turn on

    2)
    Dropping the flashlight and causing the internal 16mhz SMD crystal to break.
    — symptom: flash light does not turn on

    3)
    USB connector breaking off of the board.
    — symptom: can not charge or connect flashlight via USB to computer

    4)
    Reverse battery insertion. With no reverse polarity protection this can destroy many things.
    –symptom: flash light does not turn on, battery was inserted the wrong way, magic smoke.

    The solutions:

    1) The battery is the easiest to replace. The LGABD11865 18650 D1 3000mAh is a good fit and offers on-board protection. In this case it is good to remove the 2 screws holding the battery spacer in place, drop the battery in and then put the spacer back in. If you do not do this the battery is too hard to wedge in and the insulation on it can be damaged.

    2) The crystal is probably the second easiest to replace. These can be had very cheap on eBay 10PCS 16M 16.000M 16MHz 16.000MHz Passive Crystal 3225 3.2mm×2.5mm SMD-4PIN You can use a slightly smaller crystal than originally came with the flashlight as the pads extend out quite far.

    You will need hot air and flux to remove the old crystal and replace it.

    3) The connector may need to be fully replaced or the pads may need to just be re connected. This is a delicate procedure as hot air can melt plastic. Plenty of flux helps. With my specific case the pads just needed to be reconnected with the pins. A glob of solder and subsequent solder wick did the job.

    4) This is the most complex issue to fix. Because there is no reverse polarity protection on the light I found that 3 ICs were destroyed on the board and 2 pads under the LED driver IC were burned. The parts can be bought on either eBay or DigiKey.

    1) TPS63020DSJR, LED Driver IC3

    2) MIC5353-3.3YMT-TR, Voltage regulator IC7

    3) Mcp73831t-2Ac, Lion charge controller IC5

    Hot air and plenty of flux was required to remove the broken ICs. The LED and leads should be removed from the board so that the board can be worked on easier. To repair the 2 broken leads on the LED driver copper tape was needed as well as liquid solder to re-tin the pads after clean up.

    All fixed:

     
    • nobody 10:35 pm on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      it’s not a 16mhz xtal to repair either v1 or v2 boards (2 pad or 4 pad crystal) it’s 8mhz.

    • Wesley Nixon 8:03 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Any chance you might be able to fix another of these? Was testing some extra batteries in my beloved Flex and put one in backwards like a dope 🙁 I can solder, but this size is beyond what my eyes and 42 year old nerves can handle. Time, materials, something extra for your troubles, you can just about name your price as a love this light!

      • Nickolas Golubev 8:15 pm on May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sure, I could do that… I believe I still have components left over. Send me an email. nick _a-t_ golubev.org

    • Drew S 2:10 am on May 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this post. I’ll be bookmarking it for later reference. So far the only part of my HexBright that’s needed repair or replacement is the o-ring.

    • Matthew 7:01 am on August 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I have a much-beloved hexbright which I dropped and killed. I suspect, thanks to your helpful faq, the oscillator is the problem. I don’t have the tools for the job; would you be willing to repair it for a fee? I would very much like to get it working again so I can give it to my son as a way to encourage learning programming. The accelerometer makes it ideal for kids fiddling! It would be very much appreciated.

      • Nickolas Golubev 9:27 am on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sure, shoot me an email.

    • Nathan H 9:44 pm on August 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Nick, one of my Junior Sailors saw my disassembled flashlight on the table and just stuck the battery in backwards. I found this page via an angry google search looking for advice. I know i only paid $60 on the kickstarter for the thing but i hecking love this light. Its been around the world with me a couple times now and i just don’t want to let it go. Can i compensate you for a repair?

      • Nickolas Golubev 9:28 am on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sure, shoot me an email.

    • bachakil 1:09 am on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My flex is locked some how and you are the only place I’ve found with any talk of this light. the battery is charged and when I push the button it blinks red but no light is turning on. When it is fully charged it shows me the green button. PLEASE HELP!

      • Nickolas Golubev 9:29 am on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sure, shoot me an email. nick _a-t_ golubev.org

  • Nickolas Golubev 11:12 pm on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Hexbright schematics 

    This is in relation to the next post. These were found while searching the internet on: https://imgur.com/a/WYuPm

     
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