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

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.

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Beyond Basic Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

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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Extreme Deployment – Techniques for deploying large files over LAN

It’s been an interesting week, with some great discussions and research on how to transfer larges files to a lot of computers as efficient as possible. Time to write down some of that research. The scenario is: You have a bunch of machine, say student computers, you have limited infrastructure, and you want to deploy large files (apps, virtual machines, lab files etc.). What are your options for doing that?  Well so far, and here is were I would love to get your feedback/input, I have found the following, divided into the following two categories

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Enabling Virtual Secure Mode (VSM) in Windows 10 Enterprise Build 10130

This turned out to be a somewhat interesting Saturday afternoon. I finally got some time to play around with the Virtual Secure Mode feature that is available in Windows 10 Enterprise (only). Since that feature requires the Hyper-V hypervisor to be installed, and I’m still running Windows Server 2012 R2 on my main Hyper-V hosts, testing this in a virtual machine was not an option. Instead I used a Dell XPS 13 (4393) Core i7 box, which is a quite nice machine.

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