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Windows ADK 8.1 update available for download

By Johan Arwidmark / April 3, 2014

Yes, finally, the Windows ADK 8.1 update (for Windows 8.1 Update) is available for download: Windows ADK 8.1 update (including doc links): http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/hh825494.aspx direct download only: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982 You still run adksetup.exe to install or download the updated ADK, but you do see that the new ADK is slightly bigger than the previous kit. The Patches […]

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New Group Policies in Windows 8.1 Update

By Johan Arwidmark / April 3, 2014

What to do in a hotel room, after a new Windows version (well update) has been released? Well, of course, see what changes there are. After comparing the policy definition files between Windows 8.1 Enterprise and Windows 8.1 Update Enterprise I noticed there were some differences. For example, the following new group policies were added: […]

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Export-WindowsDriver and other new cmdlets in Windows 8.1 Update

By Johan Arwidmark / April 3, 2014

Turned out there were a few new PowerShell cmdlets in the Windows 8.1 Update released earlier today. Not yet with any documentation, but still 🙂 Function        Enable-StorageEnclosureIdentification              Storage                                             Function        Disable-StorageEnclosureIdentification             Storage                                             Function        Get-StorageEnclosure                               Storage                                             Function        Get-StorageEnclosureVendorData                     Storage                                             Cmdlet          Export-WindowsDriver                               Dism                                                Cmdlet          New-WindowsCustomImage                             Dism                                                Cmdlet          Optimize-WindowsImage                              Dism                                                Cmdlet          Update-WIMBootEntry                                Dism                                                / Johan

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Future update for Windows 8.1 Update will bring start menu back

By Johan Arwidmark / April 2, 2014

Today was an interesting day, during the Build 2014 keynote the new Windows 8.1 start menu was demonstrated, and I thought: "WOW! – Finally", and I was happy for about 45 minutes. Because that's the time it took for me to download the Windows 8.1 Update and deploy it. It turned out the new start […]

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Gathering PC Info – By Darryl Shiels

By Johan Arwidmark / March 31, 2014

Todays post is a guest post by Darryl Shiels, wanting to share a tip on gather PC info using the MDT Gather process. As Darryl put it in an email he sent to me: I thought you might like a little TS I put together after reading your 'Save time (and avoid pain) – Create […]

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OSDWeek with Johan Arwidmark and Dave Kawula

By Johan Arwidmark / March 19, 2014

Emile Cabot, at the Nit and Grit of IT blog has put together a nice summary about the OSDWeek with me and Dave Kawula Read the full post here: OSDWeek with Johan Arwidmark and Dave Kawula http://www.nitandgritofit.com/?p=274 (link via Wayback Machine, Internet Archive) The next OSDWeek is scheduled to kick off on April 28, 2014 […]

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For classroom machines – The JUST, SHUT UP WILL YOU, group policy!

By Johan Arwidmark / March 13, 2014

While many of the Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 default policies are good (somewhat) for production environment, they will sure mess up your classroom virtual labs when doing trainings. Here is a list of settings I use for my classroom virtual machines, and sometimes the Hyper-V hosts, to prevent most of the annoying […]

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PowerShell Script to set permissions in Active Directory for OSD

By Johan Arwidmark / March 12, 2014

During the MVA Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start session, I demonstrated a PowerShell that Mikael Nystrom and I put together for an upcoming book. You find the script below. The Script sets correct permissions in AD for a Domain Join Account to work in OSD. The scripts sets the following permissions: Scope: This object and […]

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WinPE 5.0 scratch space in MDT 2013 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / March 6, 2014

Earlier this week I was following a distribution list thread about setting scratch space size in WinPE 5.0, which both MDT 2013 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 is using, and I thought it needed some explanation. So here is short post on scratch space in WinPE 5.0, and why you, most of the times, don't need […]

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Installing SQL Server 2012 SP1 with CU8 like a boss

By Johan Arwidmark / March 4, 2014

Every once in a while you need to install SQL Server. It could be the SQL Server Express edition because you are using the Database for MDT 2013 Lite Touch, or the full SQL Server to support a System Center 2012 R2 product. Either way, both versions supports installing updates as part of the setup, […]

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Do not do OSD in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 without this hotfix

By Johan Arwidmark / February 28, 2014

For those of you doing OSD Deployment with ConfigMgr 2012 R2, you quickly learned that the RTM code was badly broken. PXE didn’t work on the site server, and deployment was just dead slow. Luckily Microsoft produced, in record time, a hotfix that address both issues. That hotfix was KB 2905002. Update 2014-04-08: The CU1 […]

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Save time (and avoid pain) – Create a MDT simulation environment

By Johan Arwidmark / February 27, 2014

This is an update to an old post, this time using PowerShell. Anyway, by adding a few files to a folder you can simulate the gather process of MDT, and figure out why settings fails in seconds rather than hours… Create a MDT simulation environment – here is how:

Update July 30, 2014: You also might want to look into this post about creating a MDT simulation environment for your PowerShell scripts: http://www.osd-couture.com/2014/07/mdt-2013-create-simulation-environment.html

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Adding date to the captured WIM File in MDT

By Johan Arwidmark / February 27, 2014

When using the build and capture task sequence in MDT Lite Touch it make perfect sense to add date information to the WIM file name created. Since CustomSettings.ini understands inline VBScript you can simply set the following:

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Installing the new HP SUM (6.2.0) with MDT 2013

By Johan Arwidmark / February 23, 2014

In the February 2014 release of Smart Update Manager (SUM), part of HP Service Pack for ProLiant, HP decided to change the setup behavior, and of course breaking my existing sequences for server deployments. The new SUM is available here: http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/enterprise/servers/products/service_pack/spp/index.aspx and as part of their new strategy for server downloads (which sucks beyond belief), […]

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My sessions at TechEd 2014 in Houston

By Johan Arwidmark / February 22, 2014

With the merger of MMS into TechEd it is quite likely that TechEd 2014 in Houston will be filled to the borders. So MMS in Vegas was cancelled, Techmentor did not want me, but luckily the TechEd folks (Microsoft) did. I’m happy to announce I got a bunch of breakout sessions at TechEd in addition […]

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Using Data DeDuplication with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / February 20, 2014

The ConfigMgr team recently published a blog post on the supported use of Data DeDuplication with ConfigMgr 2012 R2. Here is a Geek's summary of the 1500 word blog post: 1. Data DeDuplication is awesome! 2. ConfigMgr 2012 R2 supports Data DeDuplication on the following ConfigMgr folders only: Content Library (SCCMContentLib) SMSPKGx$ Note #1: This […]

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