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Fixing MDT deployment share permissions using PowerShell

By Johan Arwidmark / December 2, 2015

You probably know that a bug in MDT 2013 Update 1 causes some very strange permissions being set on the deployment share created via Deployment Workbench. Here is a script that sets them to a working level. If needed, modify the script to fit your environment, for example, you may not use the VIAMONSTRAMDT_BA account.


Deploying Windows Server 2016 to Intel NUC devices

By Johan Arwidmark / November 22, 2015

The Intel NUC  devices have turned out to be a great machine for a small but efficient Hyper-V host. The challenge is that Intel doesn’t get that, and in fact block their network adapter device drivers for Windows Server 2016. In this post you learn how to fix this properly.


List of Windows 10 features that requires UEFI

By Johan Arwidmark / October 16, 2015

One of the many restrictions of the Windows 10 inplace-upgrade process is that it doesn’t support changing BIOS to EUFI (see my Windows 10 Upgrade Limitations post for complete listing). So, do you really need UEFI to deploy Windows 10?  The answer is no, Windows 10 can absolutely be deployed to BIOS-based machines, but some of it’s features does require UEFI. Here is the (current)list:


Windows 10 drivers for Surface 3

By Johan Arwidmark / October 13, 2015

Finding Windows 10 drivers, or drivers in general, for the Surface 3 machine can be a bit challenging since Microsoft decided to change the search experience for their download site from poor to worse. Anyway, the trick is to Google/Bing for the Surface Pro 3 drivers which are available here:


Adding ADSI Support for WinPE 10

By Johan Arwidmark / October 4, 2015

This feels like the never ending story… I created an ADSI plugin for WinPE 2.0 back in 2007/2008-ish, and for every new release of WinPE I get requests for a new version. So here it is.


Create a Nano Server ISO Image

By Johan Arwidmark / August 8, 2015

With Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 Microsoft added the Nano Server, and in this guide you learn to create an bootable ISO file that deploys it. If you want you can also copy the content of the ISO file to a USB stick, make it active, and then you can deploy the Nano Server from the USB stick too.


Fix for Windows 7 deployments failing after upgrading to Windows ADK 10

By Johan Arwidmark / July 30, 2015

If you upgraded your ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 server to Windows 10 ADK you probably learned that some of the existing Windows 7 deployment no longer works. More specifically, it’s the computer refresh and computer replace scenarios that fails because an issue with loadstate on Windows 7 machines. The simple root cause is that loadstate requires additional files when run on Windows 7, files that are not in the USMT package.


Beyond Basic Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

By Johan Arwidmark / July 21, 2015

Windows 10 and it’s new provisioning packages presents an exciting addition to the traditional way of applying settings, even apps, to a system during operating system deployment. However, in my not so humble opinion, this is a very 1.0 release. My biggest concern is not the feature itself, but two other things: 1. The lack of integration with normal enterprise deployment of Windows, e.g. with solutions like MDT and/or ConfigMgr. 2. It’s old school way of tying some of it’s features to setup.exe, and windows setup audit mode. Both components that are not used, and should not be used, during OSD. That being said, the feature does provide interesting new ways of doing things for deployment:

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