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Troubleshooting drivers in MDT 2013 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / April 11, 2015

When deploying machines with MDT 2013 Lite Touch or ConfigMgr 2012 R2 you eventually come across a scenario when not all drivers install, and your device manager looks something like the following screen shot.Β  To troubleshoot the missing drivers you need to know how MDT 2013 or ConfigMgr 2012 R2 goes about injecting drivers. Their process is quite similar but it’s not identical between the solutions, so in this post you find two sections:

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Quick Tip – Use ZoomIt to take a screenshot in WinPE

By Johan Arwidmark / April 9, 2015

Earlier today I needed to take a snapshot of the screen while doing a deployment in the WinPE phase. This was on a physical machine, so either I had the option of hooking up a screen capture hardware (Epiphan DVI2USB3), or, simply use the little known screenshot feature in ZoomIt.

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Syncing to FTP Archive (SFTP) using PowerShell and WinSCP

By Johan Arwidmark / April 4, 2015

This has simply been one of those really great weeks. I’ve been doing volunteer work for the Gathering 2015 (#TG15, the biggest LAN party in Norway) as an AV technician. During the party all events on the Main stage and TV Studio are streamed live, and also recorded. For the recording storage we used a Windows Server 2012 R2 server with lots of disks, and of course storage spaces. For backup purposes the team wanted to sync the content to a FTP archive, and at some point I said, I can probably write a PowerShell script for that πŸ™‚

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Microsoft MVP for another year

By Johan Arwidmark / April 2, 2015

Yesterday, the April fools day, marked the 11th Microsoft MVP award for me. I’m very proud to be part of the MVP community, and always, I stand humbly before all the men and women spending time — most often their spare time — helping out others.

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Installing ConfigMgr 2012 R2 CU4 Unattended

By Johan Arwidmark / March 10, 2015

When setting up ConfigMgr 2012 R2 in a lab and test, or any type of Proof-Of-Concept you want to automate everything. Luckily the Cumulative Update (CU) 4 download has support for unattended setup: Just add the /Unattended switch to the extracted download and you're good. Note: Don't use the /unattended switch in a production environment […]

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Using USMT from Windows 10 ADK to migrate 3rd party drivers

By Johan Arwidmark / March 3, 2015

A new feature in USMT 10 (from the Windows 10 ADK technical preview) is it's ability to migrate 3rd part drivers (and apps) via the new provisioning packages in Windows 10. I'm not sure why anyone would migrate drivers this way (yet), but it least it caught my interest enough to play around with the […]

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Installing Samsung 840 EVO 1TB MSATA SSD in a HP 8570w

By Johan Arwidmark / February 24, 2015

Yesterday was a good day! I finally could lay may hands on not only one, but two Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD MSATA cards, and went about to install them in my HP 8570w machines. I bought them at Fry's in Seattle (well Renton, really), and because of their "Match Internet Price" deal, I did […]

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Links, Slides and Sample Files (Scripts) from NIC 2015

By Johan Arwidmark / February 13, 2015

Here you find the links, slides and sample files from my Deploying Windows 10 in the Enterprise and OS Deployment at LEVEL 500 sessions at NIC 2015, in Oslo, Norway, NIC 2015, great as always πŸ™‚   Video Recordings of the sessions OS Deployment at LEVEL 500http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7dA1uZrrVo Deploying Windows 10 in the Enterprise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ROpOl5QTnY Slides […]

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Enabling PowerShell Hardcore Mode

By Johan Arwidmark / February 11, 2015

Haha, run into a tweet from "nohandle" earlier today that made me laugh out loud. Enabling PowerShell Hardcore Mode πŸ™‚ Enabling PowerShell Hardcore Mode Hardcode Mode basically means that you configure PowerShell to shutdown the computer if you type in a command that does not exist. Note: do NOT do this on any production machine, […]

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Links from the Top 10 ConfigMgr 2012 issues session at SCU2015

By Johan Arwidmark / February 4, 2015

Here are the link from mine and Kent Agerlund's session earlier today at the SCU2015 conference in Irving, TX. Batman and Robin πŸ™‚   Links from Kent's demos. Shutdowntool http://blog.coretech.dk/kea/new-version-of-the-coretech-shutdown-tool/ Dashboard http://www.coretech.dk/dashboard (trial includes the update report) Kenny's blog on notifications http://scug.be/sccm/2015/01/20/windows-7-configmgr-2012-balloon-tips-setting-it-more-then-5-sec-to-display/ SQL Recommendations http://blog.coretech.dk/kea/system-center-2012-configuration-manager-sql-recommendations/ Ola Hallengren http://ola.hallengren.com/ Steve Thompson blog http://stevethompsonmvp.wordpress.com/ OSD Links (my […]

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What's new in the Windows 10 ADK (Technical Preview)

By Johan Arwidmark / January 30, 2015

Earlier this morning the technical preview of Windows 10 ADK was released. A nice little 6 GB install if you install features or 2.7 GB you only download the bits (Yes I know the UI says 3.6 GB, but no. The download is only 2.7 GB πŸ™‚ Here is the download: Windows 10 ADK Technical […]

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Create a Windows 10 reference image using MDT 2013

By Johan Arwidmark / January 28, 2015

The development of MDT 2013 is still hopelessly behind the technical preview releases of Windows. Until that happens you can still apply some custom hacks to the current version. Like the previous Windows 10 preview builds, in Windows 10 build 9926 you still need to add updated DISM files to the boot image (until the […]

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