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By Arwidmark on 11/15/2014 3:09 AM
Earlier this morning I was troubleshooting a failing build and capture of a Windows 10 build 9879 image using MDT 2013. What happened was that when the sysprep action run, the task sequence immediately rebooted, causing the following crash on reboot (Error code: 0xc0000428 ):

Sysprep rebooting on it’s own, even when told not to, seems to be a new “feature” in build 9879 (to be verified), but at least I found a workaround for the issue, so keep on reading…

BSOD The not so nice...
By Arwidmark on 11/14/2014 7:12 AM

Two of the Windows 10 sessions from TechEd Europe 2014 with Michael Niehaus are finally posted.

Windows 10: Deployment

Windows 10: Management

/ Johan

By Arwidmark on 11/14/2014 12:59 AM
When trying to mount the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 build 9879 ISO in File Explorer, you may get the following error:

Couldn’t Mount File, Sorry, there was a problem mounting the file.


Workaround This is a known issue when the sparse file attribute (P) is set on the file (9879.0.141103-1722.FBL_RELEASE_CLIENTENTERPRISE_VOL_X64FRE_en-us.ISO).

To make it work, simply make a copy of the ISO, or remove the sparse file attribute from it. Here is a link to a PowerShell...
By Arwidmark on 11/10/2014 1:05 PM
I’m very proud to announce the most advanced OSD book yet, available on November 20, 2014. This is Stealing with Pride – Volume 1!

Written by me and Maik Koster, this is the ultimate source for the working IT Pro who wants to customize and develop deployment solutions based on MDT 2013 and/or ConfigMgr 2012 R2. This is a HOW TO GET IT DONE book, solely focused on customizing deployment solutions with roots in the real world. In addition to well-proven step-by-step guides, you also get access to sample scripts and source code, allowing you to quickly test the solutions in your own lab.

As far as the title goes, we don’t mean you should steal things, literally. In this book, stealing is a metaphor for not reinventing the wheel. We don’t want you to waste time developing solutions that are already available for free  :)


By Arwidmark on 11/8/2014 3:28 PM
On Monday November 10, MMS 2014 starts in Minneapolis. In this post you find all my sessions as well as sample files from those sessions (updated as the event goes along).

 KnowTheRules Lots of my sessions will be about rules :) 


Sessions list for MMS 2014 Here is the my list of sessions at MMS 2014 in Minneapolis… I would love to see you there, and don’t hesitate to say hi!  For other sessions, please go to:

By Arwidmark on 11/2/2014 10:16 AM
This morning I was viewing the recorded “Design Scale-Out File Server Clusters in the Next Release of Windows Server” session from TechEd Europe 2014 presented by Claus Joergensen, and there were indeed some really interesting topics discussed. Especially the new “Storage Spaces Shared Nothing” feature coming in Windows Server v.Next.

The recorded session is available for download here:

Summary of Storage Spaces Shared Nothing Here follows a quick summary of the Storage Spaces Shared Nothing part (starting 01:02:40 into the session).

The new "Storage Spaces Shared Nothing" feature doesn't need shared JBODs and SAS fabric behind SOFS nodes, which is awesome news. That being said it will require special hardware to work (Prescriptive configurations for "Storage Spaces Shared Nothing" will be available at a later time).

The storage network fabric between nodes...
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:

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:

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 one option:

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.   Update: There is a PowerShell script available that builds a Windows 10 ISO here: