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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 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 […]


ADSI plugin for WinPE 5.0

By Johan Arwidmark / December 6, 2013

Back in 2005 I wrote my first ADSI for plugin WinPE (WinPE 2005 or v1.6), and per request I have since then updated it for every WinPE release… This is the release for WinPE 5.0 (part of ADK 8.1). Note: I don't recommend using ADSI in WinPE. It's not supported by Microsoft, and this release […]


Finding WinPE drivers for Dell Servers

By Johan Arwidmark / December 3, 2013

Here is a quick tip for finding WinPE drivers for Dell Servers. You also find an additional tip in the end of the post that can help you find drivers for Windows Server 2012 R2. Update 2013-12-16: In addition to the steps last steps, and thanks Mirko Schnellbach (@MadMirko) for tweeting this, you can also […]


Samples from the @SCU2014 webinar on ConfigMgr 2012 R2 OSD

By Johan Arwidmark / November 22, 2013

On November 13, 2013, I presented a webinar for System Center Universe were I was using a few PowerShell scripts (well two), to enumerate variables during deployment. After the session I got a request for the scripts, so here they are: EnumVariable.ps1 Just listing the variables used by the task sequence EnumVariablesAndValues.ps1 Listing the variables […]


Adding Internet Explorer 11 to your Windows 7 SP1 reference image

By Johan Arwidmark / November 22, 2013

This article is basically the same as my Adding Internet Explorer 10 to your Windows 7 SP1 reference image post that was published in July 2013, but obviously this one is updated for Internet Explorer 11. For those of you using Windows 8 only, don’t bother reading, just replace your Windows 8 images with Windows […]


Final Configuration for MDT Lite Touch, now with Autologon support

By Johan Arwidmark / November 15, 2013

Some times you want to execute a script after the MDT Task Sequence is completed, for example to cleanup any setup leftovers or to configure a user for autologon (something that MDT by default prevents). This script will clean out any leftover C:\MININT or C:\_SMSTaskSequence folders, enable (optional) autologon with another user account, and then […]

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