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Johan Arwidmark


Best Customer Quote of 2021

By Johan Arwidmark / June 6, 2021

Every now and then a customer will just blurt out a statement that either blows my mind, or makes me laugh out loud. In this case, it was a ConfigMgr customer up in Canada that accomplished both 🙂 "I understand very fast as long as you explain it for a very long time" / Johan


Invoke Run Script via PowerShell and Collect the Result

By Johan Arwidmark / May 21, 2021

I'm a big fan of the Run Script feature in ConfigMgr, since it allows me to run a PowerShell script on any ConfigMgr client without having to worry about remote PowerShell being enabled, or having any special permissions on the target machine itself. Here is an example on how to invoke a run script via […]


Speeding up the MDT integration in ConfigMgr – Creating MDT Lite Packages

By Johan Arwidmark / May 15, 2021

While more and more organizations are leaving the MDT integration in ConfigMgr behind – In favor of PowerShell driven community solutions, or by developing their own custom PowerShell scripts – There are still ConfigMgr environments using the integration. While the default MDT package that is created by the MDT console extensions for ConfigMgr is working […]


Supporting Multiple Primary Sites, and Multiple Azure/Intune Tenants

By Johan Arwidmark / April 26, 2021

A common set of questions in the various ConfigMgr forums is how ConfigMgr can work in environments where you either have multiple Azure and Intune tenants, or more commonly, have multiple ConfigMgr primary sites. Note: When I write multiple ConfigMgr sites, I mean multiple ConfigMgr standalone sites, not sites being part of a ConfigMgr CAS […]


New-CMBootableMedia cmdlet fails in ConfigMgr 2103

By Johan Arwidmark / April 23, 2021

If you recently upgraded to ConfigMgr 2103 you may notice that your existing PowerShell script to create boot media fails after the upgrade. The reason is a code change that requires the New-CMBootableMedia cmdlet to run x86 PowerShell to work. According to a tweet from Mark Silvey (@configmgrdev), this will be addressed in upcoming releases. […]


Get Computer Name from ConfigMgr AdminService in WinPE

By Johan Arwidmark / April 10, 2021

Got a question on Twitter yesterday on how to send a computer name to the MDT Monitoring Service really early in the OSD process. In fact even before the TS Environment is initialized and any ConfigMgr variables are being read. The scenario was basically that they wanted to see the real computer name in the […]


Links to Vendor Model and Driver Catalogs

By Johan Arwidmark / April 10, 2021

While I highly recommend using the Modern Driver Management community solution for your driver management, here is a list of vendor driver catalogs you can download to look up model and driver details: HP Client Driver Pack Cataloghttps://ftp.hp.com/pub/caps-softpaq/cmit/HPClientDriverPackCatalog.cab HP Client Catalog for ConfigMgrhttps://hpia.hpcloud.hp.com/downloads/sccmcatalog/HpCatalogForSms.latest.cab Dell product cabinet file for driver packageshttps://downloads.dell.com/catalog/DriverPackCatalog.cab Dell catalog for BIOS updateshttps://dl.dell.com/catalog/CatalogPC.cab […]


Comparing ESD with standard WIM packages in ConfigMgr IPU Task Sequences

By Johan Arwidmark / February 8, 2021

With the release of ConfigMgr Technical Preview 2101, Microsoft added in support for task sequences to use the smaller ESD packages that is part of the Windows 10 Servicing feature in ConfigMgr. Obviously I was interested in seeing what the real download amount would be when using these types of packages vs. standard WIM packages […]


Configuring User Rights Policies in Intune via Custom Profile

By Johan Arwidmark / January 22, 2021

To make a long story short: When configuring user rights policies in Intune with a device configuration (custom profile), you'll find that the sample provided in the docs won't fully work. It does the correct configuration on the clients, but it will show you a remediation error in the Intune portal, which is not very […]


A Blast From The Past – Jurassic Deployment

By Johan Arwidmark / December 21, 2020

So…. Is it good? No. Is it dynamic? No. Does it support settings? No. Does it support applications? No. Does it have any error handling? Also, no. Does it support drivers? Barely. But it is fast… 🙂 Before Altiris, BDD, MDT, SMS, PowerShell, and ConfigMgr and other deployment solutions there were batch files…. And many […]


Adding Useful Tools to Your WinPE Boot Image

By Johan Arwidmark / December 13, 2020

For anyone working with OSD for more than about 4 minutes, you know that its in the WinPE phase most of the magic happens. For testing and troubleshooting purposes its quite helpful to add some tools to your boot image, so you always have them available without having to download from a web server or […]


Back to Basics – Restoring the SMSDP Variable

By Johan Arwidmark / September 1, 2020

Once upon a time, in a ConfigMgr environment far, far away. There was a variable named SMSDP… 🙂 There are times when its useful to figure out what DP you are currently using, and back in ConfigMgr 2007, when integrated with MDT, there was a variable for that: The SMSDP variable . Here is a […]


Making MDT work with Windows ADK 2004 for BIOS Machines

By Johan Arwidmark / May 19, 2020

Due to code changes in Windows ADK 10 v2004 the MDT utility (Microsoft.BDD.Utility.dll) that detects BIOS or UEFI firmware types no longer works correctly, and detects BIOS-based machines as UEFI-based machines. Update June 3, 2020: Microsoft released a hotfix for this issue. Basically a new version of Microsoft.BDD.Utility.dll: With this hotfix you don't need the […]


Creating a Pretty Good Installer Script for Microsoft Edge

By Johan Arwidmark / March 26, 2020

Here is a work in progress sample for a better installer script for Microsoft Edge. Any comments/feedback/ideas are more than welcome 🙂 Since the initial release I've removed the master_preferences section since its not support by Microsoft Edge (only for Google Chrome). ConfigMgr Native Script for Edge The native ConfigMgr script adds an update channel […]


Benchmarking Peer Cache vs. BranchCache – Bare-metal OS Deployment

By Johan Arwidmark / February 28, 2020

With Windows 7 out of support, protecting your WAN links, and reducing the network impact Windows 10 will have on your environment has never been more important. In this post I wanted to compare Peer Cache and BranchCache in ConfigMgr for a specific scenario to see how they compared to each other. The scenario: I […]

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