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Tips and Tricks, guidance and real world deployment configurations
By Arwidmark on 10/29/2014 6:55 AM
This post is a summary of the “What’s New and Upcoming with OS Deployment in System Center Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit” session presented by Jason Githens and Katarina Hotz at TechEd Europe 2014 on October 28, 2014. The full recording (53 minutes) is available here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2014/EM-B326

Disclaimer: This is pre-release information, and may very well change before final release.

Update 2014-10-31: You really want to take a look at the following post by the ConfigMgr team: Sample Task Sequence and all sample scripts for upgrading to Windows 10

General changes Fundamental direction change in setup for Enterprise organizations: Microsoft is really trying to make in-place upgrades to Windows 10 a good experience. I’m glad they are assigning...
By Arwidmark on 10/26/2014 3:04 AM
Tomorrow (Monday October 27), TechEd Europe 2014 starts in Barcelona. In this post you find all my sessions as well as sample files from those sessions (updated as the event goes along).

20130627_TechEd2013_0210_thumb1 From TechEd 2013 in Madrid, handing out a book in reward for a good question…

  Sessions list for TechEd Europe 2014 Here is the my list of sessions at TechEd Europe 2014 in Barcelona… I would love to see you...
By Arwidmark on 10/22/2014 4:29 PM
Since there is no ISO download of Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview build 9860 (at least not yet), I thought a little PowerShell that created one from the downloaded preview update could be handy.

Creds: @Chris123NT has a pretty cool post here, however linked together with some crapware I don’t like, but still good info… Respect!

Disclaimer: This is probably not even remotely supported, so don’t blame me if something doesn’t work as it should (but please let me know)

Note: If you want to build an ISO that also contain drivers, updates and applications, view my post on how to deploy Windows 10 build 9860 with MDT 2013. In MDT it’s super-easy to generate an ISO :)

Anyway. everything you...
By Arwidmark on 10/22/2014 11:24 AM
First, check out my earlier post on how to deploy Windows 10 build 9841 for some background info.

Note: If you are looking for how to do this with MDT 2013 Lite Touch instead, check this post: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/195/Deploying-Windows-10-build-9860-using-MDT-2013-Lite-Touch.aspx

Then, since there is no ISO download of Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview build 9860 (at least not yet), you have to get the install.wim another way. You basically have two options:

Upgrade a Windows 10 build 9841 to build 9860 and then “extract” the install.wim file from the install.esd file which you find in the C:\RecoveryImage folder after upgrading.   Upgrade a Windows 10 build 9841 to build 9860, run sysprep, and capture the installation to a new WIM image. In this guide I used option 1...
By Arwidmark on 10/22/2014 9:02 AM
First, check out my earlier post on how to deploy Windows 10 build 9841 for some background info.

Then, since there is no ISO download of Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview build 9860 (at least not yet), you have to get the install.wim another way. You basically have two options:

Upgrade a Windows 10 build 9841 to build 9860 and then “extract” the install.wim file from the install.esd file which you find in the C:\RecoveryImage folder after upgrading.   Upgrade a Windows 10 build 9841 to build 9860, run sysprep, and capture the installation to a new WIM image. In this guide I used option 1 because it was more fun :)

 

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By Arwidmark on 10/7/2014 4:59 AM
Ever wanted to have ConfigMgr 2012 R2 (SCCM) scan for virus in a machine that is offline? Look no further, Windows Defender Offline will help you…

Step-by-step guide To add Windows Defender Offline you do the following:

Download Windows Defender Offline Download the latest definition updates Create a ConfigMgr package that contains Defender Offline Create a task sequence that runs the virus scan Step 1  - Download Windows Defender Offline Download the x64 version of the offline defender package and save it to a temporary location. I used C:\Tmp.

  Step 2 – Download the latest definition updates Download the latest definition updates, save them to C:\Tmp, and then rename mpam-fe.exe to mpam-fex64.exe.

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By Arwidmark on 10/2/2014 5:22 AM
Like the MDT 2013 Lite Touch post from yesterday, here is the same info but for ConfigMgr 2012 R2. In this post you find step-by-step guidance on how to deploy the Windows 10 preview, including driver injection support, with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 (integrated with MDT 2013 of course).

I also encourage you to read Niall Brady’s guide on the topic: How can I deploy Windows 10 Enterprise using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

If you don’t do the setup explained in this post, ConfigMgr 2012 R2 will fail with the following errors when trying to inject drivers during deployment of Windows 10 preview.

Dism failed with return code 50  Failed to add driver to driver store. Code 0x80070032    Failed to provision driver. Code 0x80070032   

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By Arwidmark on 10/1/2014 1:14 PM
Why Microsoft decided not to ship any deployment tools when Enterprise companies are supposed to evaluate Windows Technical Preview I have no idea. But I don’t work for Microsoft so I guess I’m not supposed to understand those things…

Anyway, if you try to deploy Windows Technical Preview using MDT 2013 and Windows ADK 8.1 it fails by default because the servicing stack version is wrong. Update 2014-10-02: For support for adding roles and features, check the comment from Seth Lerman (in the comments section).

Update 2014-10-25: Frank Lesniak have written a nice script here, that can extract the DISM files from the WIM file on the fly during deployment.

  The fix First, this is not supported so don’t blame me if...
By Arwidmark on 10/1/2014 11:37 AM
If you try to PXE boot a Windows Technical Preview VM running on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2, you are greeted by a nice error message: Boot Failed. EFI Network. Failed Secure Boot Verification.

The simple fix Until there is an update available turn off secure boot for the Gen 2 VM.

secure Disabling Secure Boot.

PXE...
By Arwidmark on 9/24/2014 12:45 PM
Here are samples files and links I demonstrated during The Ultimate Event II roadshow that took place during September 22 – 26, 2014.

Scripts from Mikael's demos are found here: http://deploymentbunny.com/2014/09/25/sample-files-and-links-from-the-ultimate-event-ii-roadshow/

Session 01 Client health and troubleshooting

How to get SMART data from Windows 8.1 machines using PowerShell

# Show Disk Health Get-Disk 0 | Get-StorageReliabilityCounter The xperf and xbootmgr commands used in the Windows Performance Toolkit demo.

xperf -profiles Xperf –start perf!GeneralProfiles.InBuffer xperf –stop perf!GeneralProfiles.InBuffer C:\Demo\trace.etl Xperf trace.etl xbootmgr -trace boot PowerShell commands to read reliability history information was gathered from the following posts:

https://www.myotherpcisacloud.com/post/2012/01/09/Using-Powershell-to-Monitor-Windows-Reliability-Data.aspx (by Ryan Ries)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd535685.aspx...