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Listing applications configured for Task Sequence deployments

By Johan Arwidmark / July 24, 2014

Of course you should not be deploying applications, but rather packages in your ConfigMgr 2012 (SCCM) task sequences. But if you do, you can use this little PowerShell script to list applications that have the AutoInstall property set to True, meaning being configured for task sequence deployment. The Script Note #1: If you want to […]

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Generate computer names based on folder content

By Johan Arwidmark / July 21, 2014

Last week I got an email from a fellow deployment geek wanting to generate computer names based on what files that were in a folder. Every time they deployed a machined they had a script that saved the machine name to a folder, and he wanted a routine that figured out the next available name. […]

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Deploying Windows 7 to HP ProBook 640 G1 with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / July 5, 2014

The last two weeks I've been working on a ConfigMgr 2012 R2 project in the US, that also involved OS Deployment. During the project all but one computer model deployed nicely, and the failing machine was the HP ProBook 640 G1 laptop. Even though all drivers installed fine, once the machine was put to standby/hibernate, […]

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Fix – Cannot start Orchestrator Runbook via ConfigMgr Task Sequence

By Johan Arwidmark / May 26, 2014

During TechEd I was discussing a ConfigMgr issue with Eric Leonard, a fellow ConfigMgr admin in Canada. The issue we were discussing were the following: When having multiple network access accounts configured in ConfigMgr, Orchestrator runbooks could not be started. It turned out there was a bug in ZTIExecuteRunbook.wsf script, a missing single quite. Big […]

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Building reference images like a boss!

By Johan Arwidmark / May 14, 2014

It’s a great week here at TechEd 2014 in Houston, later this afternoon I will present the never-dying “Creating the perfect reference image” with my partner in crime (and good friend), Mikael Nystrom. If you ever attended one of my deployment sessions before, you know I recommend using MDT Lite Touch for most scenarios, but what if you want to speed up the process?

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Links from ConfigMgr 2012 R2 preconference at TechEd 2014 NA

By Johan Arwidmark / May 12, 2014

During the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 preconference at TechEd I showed a few links in the demos, here is a collection. The links are also posted to the #teprc10 hash tag on Twitter, and if you don't use Twitter, you better start, now! I'm @jarwidmark on twitter and the elder geek (Kent Agerlund) is @agerlund  🙂 […]

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Deploying a reference image (VM) fully unattended

By Johan Arwidmark / May 12, 2014

During the TechEd 2014 NA preconference earlier today, I demonstrated how to deploy a VM fully unattended using a PowerShell script. A few people asked for the script being used so here it is. Requirements, for this script to work, you need to have a MDT 2013 Lite Touch deployment share, configured for full automation. […]

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Brand new Deployment labs on TechNet

By Johan Arwidmark / April 21, 2014

Wohoo, three brand new deployment labs are available on the TechNet Virtual Labs platform. Yep, if you have internet access, they can be run from anywhere, even a train 🙂 Creating a Windows 8.1 reference image http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9845755 (labs no longer available) Deploying Windows 8.1 with MDT 2013 (Lite Touch) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9845757 (labs no longer available) Deploying […]

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Update – Notes from the lab

By Johan Arwidmark / April 3, 2014

Just wanted to share a few "features" discovered after deploying the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update to a bunch of servers in our lab. First, the update does spike the CPUs pretty hard during installation so plan your deployments carefully. Second, if you (like me) have a few demo machines running Windows Server 2012 R2, […]

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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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