Nano Server Image Builder

Hello folks, I was looking at some questions i got in my last user group sessions where we were discussing Microsoft Windows Server 2016.  i was going to answer one of them in this post. “how do you hardcode an IP address in Nano server?”. BUT,  i decided at the last minutes to switch my…

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Step-by-Step: Windows 10 - Provisioning using Windows ICD

Hello Folks, Anthony and I often receive emails or tweets asking us to look into specific topics or scenarios.  Well, last week we received a request from CJtheRocker to explore Windows 10 Provisioning using Windows ICD. But really, why the big deal with deploying a new OS??  IT Pros have always said “I wish there…

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IT Admin Basics: Understanding Group Policy Design

Windows 10, and the additional abilities that come with it, provides additional policy capabilities enabled to allow IT administrators further manageability of his client deployment. Designing group policies for said organization can become complex if not planned accordingly. Chaos can rein should improper setup of Group Policies be pushed from group policies to workstations. Proper…


Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Deploy The Image

Hello Folks, This is the last post in this series. In previous posts we covered Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Finalized the Image with Packages and Application Today we’ll use the image we already created and we…

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Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Packages, Applications and Finalizing the Image

Hello Folks, Windows XP reached the end of it’s supported life last week.   So, let’s resume our Windows 8.1 deployment series in order to help us deploy supported OS versions.  In previous posts we covered: Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the…

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Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment.  I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements,  However this series looks at a generalized environment and you can adapt it…

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Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

  Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment.  I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements,  However this series looks at a generalized environment and you can adapt…

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Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Setup your environment

Hello Folks, Earlier in March I wrote that I was working on this series that covers the migration of XP to Windows 8.1 from the ground up.  In this post we setup our environment.  This environment will be crucial to take care of all the phases of our project. Plan Deliver Operate Let get going. …

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Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up

There has been a lot of talk about the end of Windows XP, the end of support for XP that is… As I write this post there is only a few days left for Windows XP support. What is end of support? (the following is taken word for word from here) After 12 years, support…

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Windows 8: From an enterprise point of view

Some of us get to live in the world of cool.  We are on the leading edge of software (and sometimes hardware); we are not simply IT Professionals, but we are also IT Enthusiasts… we are passionate about technology, and we always want the latest and greatest.  We wait with bated breath for new operating…

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