Powershell Eject CD Drive

  Awhile ago I wrote some code in AutoIT to Eject CD-Drives so that you wouldn’t get burnt in MDT/ConfigMgr while booting from Media.  Today I received a request for that code since the links at myITforum seem to be having some trouble.  While I was able to pull the original source code up it…


Windows 10 Sysprep fails after removing or updating Windows built-in Windows Store apps

  So by now you have had an opportunity to start playing around with Windows 10 and maybe your organization is thinking about deploying Windows 10 in the Enterprise so we need to work on getting a custom image built and captured for deployment.  MDT 2013 Update 1 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48595 is available and highly recommended for…


How to force Microsoft Edge to Open the Application Catalog in Internet Explorer

  So as we are getting excited to start finally deploying Windows 10 in production with Configuration Manager we get the agent installed and start trying to test out Application Deployments and go to open the Application Catalog and BAM… we get an error since our default browser is now Microsoft Edge in Windows 10…


Windows 10 ADK Boot image updates for Configuration Manager

  Windows 10 has finally launched worldwide and now I am ready to start updating my boot images for deployment so what’s next…  First download the bits from the msdn page all the way at the bottom. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/dn913721.aspx Next we have two options first being we have yet to deploy System Center Configuration Manager 2012…


Windows Server Technical Preview Hyper-V Missing VM's

I recently upgraded my Hyper-V Host to Windows Server Technical Preview from Windows Server 2012 R2 and noticed that my VM's were missing.  They were still active just not visible in the console.  If you are experiencing the same behavior you can run the following command to make your VM's display in the console again….


Upgrade VM Guest Version in Windows Server Technical Preview

Windows Server Technical Preview brings a number of new and exciting changes.  Below are a few Hyper-V Enhancements that we get with release.  In order to take advantage of these features you must upgrade each VM's Version to 6.0.  Below are some steps to help out with that process. 1)  List of VM's and version…


System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Product Activation from Evaluation Mode

This seems like a very straight forward item but a lot of people get confused with how to activate ConfigMgr after installation and the 180 trial starts to run low.  Luckily this is a rather easy process and simply requires you to launch the “Configuration Manager Setup” from the start menu or start screen on…


Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – Released!

Woohoo another update is available for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 below are the links for more info… Description of Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2938441 Description of Windows PowerShell changes in Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2932274 http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2014/03/24/configuration-manager-servicing-update.aspx


Easily Create VHD and VHDX Files…

Have you had the need to “Easily” create a VHD or VHDX File for use with PDT, VMM etc.?  Well me too and it turns out there is a super useful tool for this when you don't want or have the need to do this via MDT or ConfigMgr.  http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Convert-WindowsImageps1-0fe23a8f Convert-WindowsImage is the new version…


Enable Referenced Programs and Applications to be installed from a Task Sequence without being Deployed!

In my previous blog post i wrote about how to Enable Programs and Applications to be installed from a Task Sequence without being Deployed.  While this was a good start i received some initial feedback regarding the concern around policy traffic for non referenced applications.  My Previous blog post can be read here and you…