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CPU spiking on Windows Server 2012 R2 after applying updates

By Johan Arwidmark / December 30, 2014

Earlier this year I blogged about the automatic maintenance task in Windows Server 2012 R2 being EVIL, today it's time for .NET Runtime Optimization Service spiking the CPU on one of my domain controllers after installing updates. Also happens when using the (quite new) November 2014 media for Windows Server 2012 R2 that includes several […]

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Top 10 blog posts from 2014

By Johan Arwidmark / December 29, 2014

Had a great chat today with my good old "friend" Google Analytics 🙂 Top 10 blog posts Out of my 71 blog posts during 2014 (well 72 with this one), the following made it into top 10: #1 – The Hydration Kit for System Center 2012 R2 is available for download https://deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/149/The-Hydration-Kit-for-System-Center-2012-R2-is-available-for-download.aspx #2 – Automatic […]

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Reset the Domain Admin password in Windows Server 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / December 28, 2014

I was surprised to see that the good old domain administrator reset password trick from Windows Server 2008 still works in Windows Server 2012 R2. Thanks to Martijn Brant for reminding me of this. Note: If using Windows Server Technical Preview Build 9841 you have to replace sethc.exe instead, and launch it via Ease of […]

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Project Plex – Replacing my Media Center PC

By Johan Arwidmark / December 23, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas, in the year 2014, Project Plex finally begun. For years I have been using a Windows 7 box with Media Center as my main Media PC. It had 6 TB of storage, mainly ISO's (DVD and Blu-ray), and I had it connected to my Samsung 55" TV. This Christmas it […]

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Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO including November 2014 Updates

By Johan Arwidmark / December 21, 2014

The Windows 8.1 ISOs are not what they used to be, for example depending on when you download the Windows 8.1 Enterprise with Update from MSDN you get different content. When downloading it today (Dec 21, 2014) the file included the November 2014 updates. Here is a plain deployment, with no extra updates installed. Note: […]

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A New Era Has Begun – I'm now a SCCDM MVP

By Johan Arwidmark / December 10, 2014

This is the third Microsoft MVP category shift in my career, first I was a Setup & Deployment MVP, then a Enterprise Client Management MVP, and now I'm a System Center Cloud & Datacenter Management (SCCDM) MVP. If I get re-awarded next year it will mark my 11th year as a Microsoft MVP which is […]

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Build and Capture a Windows 10 build 9879 image using MDT 2013

By Johan Arwidmark / November 15, 2014

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, […]

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Cannot mount Windows 10 build 9879 ISO – Easy Fix

By Johan Arwidmark / November 14, 2014

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 […]

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Announcement – The most advanced OSD book yet!

By Johan Arwidmark / November 10, 2014

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 […]

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MMS 2014 – Sessions and Sample Files

By Johan Arwidmark / November 8, 2014

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).   Lots of my sessions will be about rules 🙂  Sessions list for MMS 2014 Here is the my list of sessions at MMS […]

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Storage Spaces Shared Nothing in Windows Server v.Next

By Johan Arwidmark / November 2, 2014

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 […]

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Upcoming OSD changes in ConfigMgr v.Next and MDT v.Next

By Johan Arwidmark / October 29, 2014

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 […]

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TechEd Europe 2014 – Sessions and Sample Files

By Johan Arwidmark / October 26, 2014

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). From TechEd 2013 in Madrid, handing out a book in reward for a good question.   Sessions list for TechEd Europe 2014 Here […]

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How to create a Windows 10 Enterprise build 9860 ISO

By Johan Arwidmark / October 23, 2014

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. Update 2015-01-24: Luckily for the Windows 10 9926 build, as well as for the Windows 10 9879 build, Microsoft have released […]

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Deploying Windows 10 build 9860 using ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / October 22, 2014

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: https://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 […]

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Deploying Windows 10 build 9860 using MDT 2013 Lite Touch

By Johan Arwidmark / October 22, 2014

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 one option: Upgrade a Windows 10 build […]

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Offline Virus Scanning in a ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Task Sequence

By Johan Arwidmark / October 7, 2014

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 […]

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