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Ad Hoc PowerShelling – Getting data from Windows Defender

By Johan Arwidmark / June 3, 2016

Most managing solutions (SCCM/ConfigMgr, Intune, or just scheduled PowerShell tasks 🙂 ) makes use of an agent type method for control, to make sure the computer can do the work when it’s capable of doing so (like being on the network, powered on etc.). However, sometimes you have to get some Ad Hoc work done quickly, on as many machines as possible at that moment, and for that PowerShell and CIM sessions can be very useful.

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Fix for Windows 10 exhausted pool of TCPIP ports

By Johan Arwidmark / May 4, 2016

Lately one of my Windows 10 machines started to behave quite strange, after about a day of use, browsing Internet was no longer possible. I could still ping resources, but not use any browser or other application requiring Internet access. A reboot fixed the problem, and then after about a day, sometimes less, the same thing happened.

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Deploying Windows 10 using ConfigMgr – MVA live event summary

By Johan Arwidmark / April 14, 2016

Earlier this afternoon I was watching the Deploying Windows 10: Automating Deployment by Using System Center Configuration Manager live event from Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The three sessions were presented by Aaron Czechowski and Wally Mead, both well known profiles within the ConfigMgr space. Here follows a summary of the live event:

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Adding CMTrace to your MDT Lite Touch boot images

By Johan Arwidmark / February 12, 2016

If you have been deploying Windows for longer than 4 seconds, you know that the MDT log files are written in a format designed for the CMTrace utility. Here are two quick guides on how to add it to the MDT boot images (the supported way, and the cool/fun way 🙂  ).

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Running the MDT Task Sequence as a Different User

By Johan Arwidmark / February 2, 2016

When using MDT 2013 Update 2 (Lite Touch) for your deployments the default behavior is to run every task sequence action as the local Administrator account. In addition to this, MDT also connects to the deployment share using the account you start the deployment with. Either typed in via MDT deployment wizard login dialog box, or automated via bootstrap.ini. But what if you want to run the task sequence, at least the last part of it, as a different user in order to access resources on other servers than the deployment server? Or simply to install applications as a different user.

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Have ConfigMgr send an email after deployment (including log parsing)

By Johan Arwidmark / January 29, 2016

Over the years I have been using a few different scripts to have the task sequence send an email when the deployment is completed. For example this post: Configure MDT 2010 to send an email when deployment is completed. Another common way to do this is to use status filter rules in ConfigMgr. A good example is the Send an email when OSD completes a deployment post by Benoit Lecours.

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Who is General Failure, and why is he reading my disk?

By Johan Arwidmark / January 22, 2016

It’s been two great weeks, I’ve been travelling the US presenting Windows 10 trainings and sessions in Phoenix, Austin and Dallas (SCU 2016). But, it turned out I said something wrong, on all of them too, which is a new kind of record for me… Anyway I decided to use this classic joke as the headline for an apology, and clarification, to the good folks attending my Windows 10 sessions.

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Hydration Kit For ConfigMgr

By Johan Arwidmark / December 4, 2015

As you probably have notices, at least if you use Twitter, is that the new generation of ConfigMgr products were released yesterday (December 3). The first version is ConfigMgr v1511, and here is an hydration kit that’s builds it for you.

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Fixing MDT deployment share permissions using PowerShell

By Johan Arwidmark / December 2, 2015

You probably know that a bug in MDT 2013 Update 1 causes some very strange permissions being set on the deployment share created via Deployment Workbench. Here is a script that sets them to a working level. If needed, modify the script to fit your environment, for example, you may not use the VIAMONSTRAMDT_BA account.

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Deploying Windows Server 2016 to Intel NUC devices

By Johan Arwidmark / November 22, 2015

The Intel NUC  devices have turned out to be a great machine for a small but efficient Hyper-V host. The challenge is that Intel doesn’t get that, and in fact block their network adapter device drivers for Windows Server 2016. In this post you learn how to fix this properly.

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