Moving on

A long overdue post… In April I changed roles within the company, leaving Microsoft Consulting Services and joining the Windows Intune product team as a program manager. This blog will remain, but I currently have no plans to make any further posts. I am continually re-evaluating the latter part of that statement….

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Using Windows PowerShell to convert collection membership rules

I developed some automation for a customer to help them manage the lifecycle of collections used for assignment of DCM baselines as they are revised.  Part of this required the ability to convert a collection from query-based membership to direct membership rules and vice versa.  I realize this is a very niche piece of automation,…

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USGCB Policy Bug: Turn off desktop gadgets

The US Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB) group policy object (GPO) for Windows 7 Computer Settings includes the setting: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Desktop Gadgets Turn off desktop gadgets = Enabled This setting is not included in the settings spreadsheet or the associated SCAP content.  It was mistakenly included in the GPO and is expected to be…

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Verifying Configuration Manager Backup Task with Windows PowerShell

A seemingly simple requirement for a Desired Configuration Management configuration item is to verify that the Configuration Manager 2007 site backup maintenance task is enabled.  What became the difficult part of this was tracking down the specific location in WMI that this data exists.  I have to give credit to Jamie Moyer for pointing me…

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Using SMBIOS GUID to import computer information for VMware guest

To import computer information into Configuration Manager for OS deployment you have to enter the computer name and then one or both of the following unique identifiers: MAC address or SMBIOS GUID, aka UUID.  Many customers use the MAC address because it is shorter and typically more accessible.  However, if the UUID is required this…

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How to create a bootable ISO

I know this information exists elsewhere in the world and I really dislike redundant posts.  But I’m always hard-pressed to find this so am posting it here more as a reminder to myself.  If it is of use to anyone else, all the better. When you update a MDT 2010 Update 1 distribution share that…

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Disk Cleanup in a MDT Task Sequence

While using MDT to remaster an existing Windows 7 image I added tasks to apply Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and a slew of other updates to the image (so that deployed workstations are up to date out of the gate instead of waiting for updates to come down to each system across the network). …

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