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Building a Windows 10 v1709 reference image using MDT

By Johan Arwidmark / October 19, 2017

Here is a step-by-step quick guide on building the perfect Windows 10 v1709 reference image using MDT 8443 and Windows ADK 10 v1709. If you are looking for a Windows 7 version of this guide, check this post: https://deploymentresearch.com/521/Back-to-Basics-Building-a-Windows-7-SP1-Reference-Image-using-MDT-2013-Update-2 

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How to run Microsoft Network Monitor in WinPE

By Johan Arwidmark / August 1, 2017

In this guide you learn how to run the Microsoft Network Monitor in WinPE, for example for advanced debugging of OS Deployment issues. This guide is based on the following KB article from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034393/how-to-get-network-captures-from-a-task-sequence-in-windows-pe. But I’ve added some clarification steps, as well as PowerShell scripts to make the process easier (and automated).

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Setting up a FTP Server in the cloud – Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services

By Johan Arwidmark / June 21, 2017

This week I’ve been volunteering at an event called DreamHack, which is the largest digital festival in the world. I’ve been volunteering for this event quite many years, and this time around I was editing videos and providing support to one of the teams. During the event we learned that we needed to upload some video-material, and even though we obviously could have used OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. to share the content, I decided this was a good opportunity, and a real use case, for the cloud. Simply spinning up a VM with a FTP server for the week, and then turn off the VM once we were done at the event. Worth mentioning is that we needed to transfer 2 – 3 TB of data to/from multiple machines running multiple OS platforms during the event.

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Setup BITS for ConfigMgr Current Branch

By Johan Arwidmark / May 28, 2017

When using ConfigMgr in distributed environments, there are times when you want to limit how much bandwidth a client is using when downloading content. In all fairness, when having techniques like Peer Cache, and BranchCache at your disposal, you may get away by not limiting the bandwidth, but for most distributed environments you probably want to configure BITS to control how much bandwidth that is used over the WAN links. BITS is after all the component that is used for the actual downloads.

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Using the Unified Write Filter (UWF) feature in Windows 10

By Johan Arwidmark / May 25, 2017

In the Windows 10 Enterprise (including LTSB) and Windows 10 Education editions, you can enable the Unified Write Filter (UWF) feature to prevent changes to the hard drive. This is particular useful for kiosk-type scenarios, or classroom environments where you don’t want enthusiastic students to install software etc. on to the machines 🙂

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The complete idiots guide to Windows as a Service

By Johan Arwidmark / May 6, 2017

For what feels like the tenth time, Microsoft is changing their terminology/strategy around Windows 10 updates. Below is a recent thread covering the topic (thanks to Ami Casto (@AdaptivaAmi) and SystemCenterDudes (@scdudes) for making me aware of the changes):

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Fixing why Sysprep fails in Windows 10 due to Windows Store updates

By Johan Arwidmark / April 13, 2017

When creating reference images for Windows 10, Sysprep is going to fail if the machine have Internet access, and have enough time to start updating it’s built-in applications. This post is about preventing that from happening, and is a companion to uber-guide on building Windows 10 reference images in the real world:

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