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The Hydration Kit for System Center 2012 R2 is available for download

By Johan Arwidmark / February 10, 2014

Here is a download that builds a complete System Center2012 R2 infrastructure, and a few supporting infrastructure servers, as either virtual machines (Hyper-V and VMware tested) or physical machines. The kit can also deploy Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 clients, and is built upon MDT 2013. The Hydration Kit contents The kit allows you […]


Injecting Serial Number into the MDT database

By Johan Arwidmark / January 31, 2014

Last summer I posted an article on how to generate computer names based on a prefix + sequence number. Since then I have received a few requests to modify it to also inject the serial number, and finally decided to post a quick how to. The original post is here: Generate computer names in MDT […]


Installing Office 2013 Language Packs in MDT – By Patrick Zovistoski

By Johan Arwidmark / January 31, 2014

This post was contributed by Patrick Zovistoski, a fellow community member. Thanks! The following steps show how to configure your Task Sequence to automatically install an Office 2013 Language Pack that matches the language selected during the Deployment Wizard.  Since it is deployed dynamically, it eliminates the need to include the Office Language packs in […]


Configuring MDT Deployment Share settings via PowerShell

By Johan Arwidmark / January 29, 2014

About two weeks ago I was finishing up writing an upcoming PowerShell book together with fellow MVP Mikael Nystrom. During the book development process we ran into having to configure a MDT deployment share, and since it's a PowerShell book, of course we wanted to do it in PowerShell. So, here is how. Creating a […]


Upgrading to ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU4

By Johan Arwidmark / January 29, 2014

Cumulative Update 4 (CU4) for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 was released today (January 28, 2014). Info about the CU4 update is found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2922875  here follows a short guide on upgrading to it. The high-level steps are: Check for pending reboots Install the CU4 update Update the boot images Create/Update Client Package Update Task Sequences Check […]


Automatic Maintenance in Windows Server 2012 R2 causes high CPU load!

By Johan Arwidmark / January 17, 2014

I recently stumbled across and issue when the updates house-cleaning in the automatic maintenance task in Windows Server 2012 R2 spiked the CPU pretty bad. Here is some background info, and workaround for this issue. Update 2014-11-25: It appears that the http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2975719 (http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2771431 for Windows Server 2012) updates solves this issue. Background Shorthand, there is […]


Slides, Sample command lines, and Scripts from NIC 2014

By Johan Arwidmark / January 16, 2014

Thank you all of you who visited my sessions at NIC 2014, it was great fun! Here are the slides, sample command lines, and PowerShell scripts used in the demos. If you miss anything let me know. Slides from my three presentations Building the perfect Windows 8.1 image Deploying Windows 8.1 in the Enterprise Troubleshooting […]


Install Windows 8.1 on Intel NUC (D54250WY)

By Johan Arwidmark / January 11, 2014

My latest home project involves using a Intel NUC (D54250WY) as a HTPC (Home Theatre Personal Computer), or in short I will use at as a media client for either Plex or XBMC (haven't quite made up my mind yet). I put 16 GB of RAM in the device, and a 240 GB mSATA hard […]


Configuring MDT Monitoring – Behind the scenes

By Johan Arwidmark / January 5, 2014

If you are following the twitter feeds from the various OSD gurus out there you might stumbled across Mikael Nystrom’s great post about creating a webpage containing the MDT monitoring data. This a perfectly good example of how you can extend the MDT Monitoring, but that of course requires that you actually have it enabled […]


Deploying UEFI machines with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / December 31, 2013

In a previous post I covered how to deploy the UEFI based Surface 2 machine using ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3.  The steps are quite similar for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 integrated with MDT 2013. In this post you learn how to configure the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 task sequence for UEFI deployments. The default MDT task sequence […]


Hoping for a fix to the Windows 8.1 GA image

By Johan Arwidmark / December 29, 2013

For those of you being involved in a few Windows 8.1 deployment projects already (I have), you have probably stumbled into that setup behaves a bit differently in Windows 8.1 than it used to do in Windows 8. So far no fix has been announced, but I'm hoping there will be one-. The issue Shorthand, […]


Top ten OS Deployment posts in 2013 (and some cool stats)

By Johan Arwidmark / December 27, 2013

Earlier this week I saw a tweet from Aidan Finn (@joe_elway) where he posting his top ten posts from his blog, and I thought: Hey, I'm stealing that idea! 🙂 And while I'm at it, why not add some stats to it as well. Thank you all visitors! 2013 turned out to be the best […]


Using PowerShell to manage WDS in Windows Server 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / December 26, 2013

In Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft finally added in PowerShell support for Windows Deployment Services. The official TechNet documentation that you find here, is not entirely correct though: The module is not named WindowsDeploymentServices as the TechNet documentation states, but instead WDS. Note: The cmdlets only works if you execute them locally on the WDS […]


New Volume Wizard oddity in Windows Server 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / December 17, 2013

Whoever wrote the new volume wizard in Windows Server 2012 R2 had a odd sense of humor (or was just not very good at writing code). I mean, 1.54 TB is of course not equal to 1.54 TB, right? Anyway, this week is book-writing week, and when me and my very good friend and partner […]


Adding GPO Pack support in MDT 2013 for Windows 8.1

By Johan Arwidmark / December 15, 2013

If you ever tried to use GPO Packs in MDT 2013 or ConfigMgr 2012 R2, you quickly find out they will fail for Windows 8.1. The reason? Microsoft forgot to add support for Windows 8.1 in the ZTIApplyGPOPack.wsf script. Luckily it's easy to fix, and while you're at it, why not also add support for […]


Adding DaRT 8.1 from MDOP 2013 R2 to ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / December 11, 2013

Note: For ConfigMgr Current Branch you want to read this article instead: Adding DaRT to ConfigMgr Boot Images – And starting it earlier than earlyhttps://deploymentresearch.com/adding-dart-to-configmgr-boot-images-and-starting-it-earlier-than-early/ When integrating MDT 2013 with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 (which you should, Capish!), and if you have access to DaRT 8.1 (MDOP 2013 R2), you can remote into WinPE when deploying […]


Deploying Surface 2 Pro with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3

By Johan Arwidmark / December 9, 2013

This week I was assigned the task of deploying a Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64 image to a few Surface 2 Pro machines, using ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3 integrated with MDT 2012 Update 1. I had already created the necessary WinPE 5.0 boot images as outlined on Niall Brady's blog, and applied the UEFI fix from […]

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