Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 Re-released Build 8298

  Looks like Aaron and team have been busy ramping up the latest build release of MDT 2013 Update 1 which should address many known issues. The following issues are fixed in build 8298 Multiple drive partitioning issues are addressed by significant revisions to the Format and Partition Disk step (see release note below), including:…

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SCAP Extensions version 3.0 for System Center Configuration Manager Now Available!

  The Configuration Manager Sustained Engineering team is pleased to announce the release of the SCAP Extensions version 3.0 for System Center Configuration Manager. You can download it from the Microsoft Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48741. This new release of the SCAP Extensions was validated on August 28th 2015 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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

Updated Post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/brandonlinton/archive/2014/02/18/enable-referenced-programs-and-applications-to-be-installed-from-a-task-sequence-without-being-deployed.aspx So this has been a common question as far back as Configuration Manager 2007 when a script was incorporated into the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit called EnableProgramForTS.vbs which would enable each program to be installed without being deployed in a Task Sequence.  Well with Configuration Manager 2012 we now have Applications as well…

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