Hydration Kit For Windows Server 2019, SQL Server 2017 and ConfigMgr Current Branch

This Kit builds a complete ConfigMgr v1606/1610 with Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016 SP1 infrastructure, and some (optional) supporting servers. This kit is tested on both Hyper-V and VMware virtual platforms, but should really work on any virtualization platform that can boot from an ISO. The kit offers a complete setup of both a primary site server running ConfigMgr Current Branch v1606 (server CM01), as well as a primary site server running ConfigMgr Technical Preview Branch v1610 (server CM02). You also find guidance on upgrading these platform to the latest build.

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Building the Perfect Windows Server 2019 Reference Image

Here is a step-by-step quick guide on building the perfect Windows Server 2016 reference image. This guide is divided in two parts: The first part covers how to create a Windows Server 2016 reference image in just a few minutes using offline servicing. The quick-and-dirty method. The second part is about creating a Windows Server 2016 reference image using MDT 8443. The SHINY method.

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You get what you pay for – Using NVMe disks in a lab

In my personal labs, and in our classroom labs, we’ve been using Samsung NVMe SSD Pro and Evo disks (950/960/070) for many years with good result. But when Amazon announced a dang good deal, moneywise, just before Christmas, on Crucial NVMe SSD’s (the CT1000P1SSD8 – Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD), I could not stop myself and asked my manager to order 15 of them, so we could upgrade the remaining classroom hosts from 512 GB to 1 TB. Shiny idea, right?

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Building a Windows 10 v1809 reference image using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)

Here is a step-by-step quick guide on building the perfect Windows 10 v1809 reference image using MDT 8450, Windows ADK 10 v1809, and WinPE Addon for Windows ADK 10 v1809. 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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Setup Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT) for ConfigMgr

LEDBAT, or Windows LEDBAT as the Microsoft implementation of it is called, is yet another option to reduce the impact Windows 10, and other software distribution, will have on your network. This feature is currently available on Windows Server, version 1709 or later, and requires Windows 10 v1607 or later on the client side. Hopefully the feature will be backported to Windows Server 2016 too (it’s technically already there, but disabled, and in the need of a bug fix).

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