Hydration Kit For Windows Server 2016 and ConfigMgr Current / Technical Preview 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 2016 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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Specify additional command-line options to Setup during a Windows 10 upgrade when using ConfigMgr

During the Microsoft Ignite 2016 OS Deployment pre-conference, I demonstrated the ConfigMgr inplace-upgrade task sequence, and if you want to specify additional command-line options you can use the “not-so-easy-to-find” OSDSetupAdditionalUpgradeOptions variable. For example for using the /InstallLangPacks or /ReflectDrivers switches.

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A little bit of ConfigMgr housekeeping

Just wanted to post a quick reminder that ConfigMgr by default is logging info not only to it’s own log files, which are in the ConfigMgr installation directory, which is typically not on the C: drive, at least, should not be on the C: drive, but also to the IIS logs, which typically are on the C: drive. Obviously it is not good if the C: fills up, because then the site server dies. So some house-keeping is useful.

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Moving Computers to another OU during deployment – Webservice style

Here is a step-by-step guide to configure a MDT Lite Touch or ConfigMgr task sequence to move a computer to another OU during deployment. The webservice used in this guide does the same job as Maik Koster’s version available here: http://maikkoster.com/moving-computers-in-active-directory-during-mdt-deployments-step-by-step but I have include the C# source code for my version, so you can review, or modify it if you want to.

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Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 ADMX Templates and BitLocker

I just spend some time trying to find the Turn on TPM backup to Active Directory Domain Services policy after upgrading my group policy ADMX templates to the Windows 10 v1607 and Windows Server 2016 version. It used to be in the Computer Configuration / Policies / Administrative Templates / System / Trusted Platform Module Services node, but after updating the templates it was nowhere to be found.

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Setting Up New Networking Features in Server 2016

I’ve been playing around with Server 2016 and the ViaMonstra Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr.  If you want your lab environment to be able to connect to the internet, you know (if you’ve been reading our books) that you need to setup a virtual router.  In Kent’s book (System Center 2012 R2: Mastering the Fundamentals), we actually walk you through setting up a very complex environment that requires you to use our “GW01” or a Vyatta virtual router in order for your lab to get out to the internet.

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