Upcoming Webinar – Windows Server 2016: Better Security starts at the OS

Even though this webinar is taking place in the early morning for most Australians, it’s worth registering so that you can be notified when a recording of the session becomes available. November 22, 2016 10:00-11:00AM PST Rely on new layers of protection built into Windows Server 2016 to further safeguard against security breaches. Help block…


Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (8443)

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8443, is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. This update requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, version 1607, available on the Microsoft Hardware Dev Center (adksetup.exe file version 10.1.14393.0). If you encounter any issues with setup or deployments with this version, don’t forget…


Download Nano Server Image Builder (1.0.78)

One of the tools we discussed on the OEM Windows Server 2016 Roadshow was the Nano Server Image Builder, which is available for download. This tool doesn’t really add functionality, instead it provides an easier interface for those who are a little weary when it comes to PowerShell based image builds. For an overview of the…

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New Windows Server 2016 Resources Available on OEM Partner Center

The OEM Partner Center (OPC) has updated resources for OEM and System Builder partners, which require you to register in order to access them. If you have issues registering for, or accessing the OPC, please head to their support page. Learn It Power Your Business – Core Licensing Calculator .xlsx 32 KB Utilize the OEM Windows…


Express Deployment Tool (EDT) for Windows 10 Webinars

Microsoft is pleased to announce the upcoming Express Deployment Tool (EDT) for Windows 10 Training Webinar presented by the OEM Technical Services Quick Response team. The new EDT enables improved image management and provides one tool for customizations, deployment, and offline servicing. It integrates pulling in driver updates and the preinstallation of Office 2016 and…


The New SmartHQ site launches today!

This blog’s sibling, SmartHQ has just had an overhaul… OEM Marketing Resource Headquarters Today’s the day—welcome to the new SmartHQ!The site contains new information along with information published in the previous SmartHQ site. Coming soon — training content including quizzes with an opportunity to win a prize! The great thing about the new SmartHQ site…


Download Version 1.2 of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

The latest version of the RSAT tools for Windows 10 have been released and are available for download here. Here’s the information from the download page. Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 lets IT administrators manage Windows Server from a remote computer running the full release version of Windows 10. Note: There are multiple…


Windows Server 2016 OEM Licensing Questions From The Roadshow

These were the common questions we got at the recent roadshow, I’m sharing them here in case you missed it… as mentioned in the title, this is licensing for OEM products, it may differ for volume license scenarios. For those scenarios please contact your local Microsoft licensing team. If I disable physical cores at the…


It’s A Wrap – OEM Windows Server 2016 Launch Roadshow

Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to one of the six cities we have been in over the last two weeks, there’s been some great interaction and questions that we’ve been tracking, and we will roll these into the SmartHQ monthly webinars as well as some of the distributor webinars…

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Refreshed Windows 10 Deployment and Management Lab Kit Now Available

As I alluded to in a recent post, a new release of the Windows 10 Deployment and Management Lab Kit has been made available. It’s been updated with Windows 10 Enterprise 1607 and Windows ADK 1607, and has new labs covering Windows Information Protection and Upgrade Analytics. Here’s more information from the TechNet Evaluation Center….

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