Windows 8 – Customizing the Default Lock Screen

Have you tried to change the default wallpaper on the Windows 8 lock screen? Now I live in Seattle and quite like the stylized picture of Seattle but in an enterprise environment you may want a more “corporate” image. Until now you have not been able to do this without using an unsupported method of…

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Windows 8: Automating the installation of .NET Framework 3.5 with MDT

  [Correction – November 14th 2012] I have been informed that the new built in roles and features functionality of MDT 2012 Update 1  has the following very useful functionality. It will automatically try to find the SXS folder in the deployment share that you are using to deploy the image. You can specify the…

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Removing Built-in Applications from Windows 8

  Update – This script will not work with Windows 8.1 a script for Windows 8.1 can be found here – http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2013/10/21/removing-windows-8-1-built-in-applications.aspx. Update – An updated and simpler version of this script is now available here – http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2013/06/07/update-removing-built-in-applications-from-windows-8.aspx. When creating a Windows 8 Image for the Enterprise you may not want to include all of the…

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Windows 8 Start Screen Customization with MDT

If you are creating a Windows 8 image then you most likely want to customize the Start Screen layout that users see when they logon for the first time. However the question is “how should I customize the Start Screen?” There are three approaches that you can use: Use the Unattend.xml file to define which…

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Automatically Populate the PATCH Property for the ConfigMgr Client Installation – Updated for ConfigMgr 2012

Update 2013-06-12: The newest version of this script can be found here.   Two years ago I posted a script to automatically set the PATCH property used by ccmsetup.exe to install client updates during the Configuration Manager client installation in a task sequence.  That post is found here.  Since Cumulative Update 1 for ConfigMgr 2012…

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Finish Actions for Configuration Manager OSD

MDT 2010 introduced a new feature called Finish Actions.  This allowed you to set the variable FinishAction to either SHUTDOWN, RESTART (or REBOOT), or LOGOFF and the computer would be shutdown, restarted, or logged off after the task sequence (and subsequent cleanup) had completed.  Unfortunately, this was only provided for Lite Touch deployments. This same…


Run command line as domain user – Incorrect Function Error

When deploying Windows clients using Configuration Manager 2007 and MDT 2010 Update 1, there is often a requirement to run task sequence actions as a domain user as opposed to the local system account. For example, in order to perform actions on a computer object in Active Directory (such as moving the computer object to…

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Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) UK is Hiring

MCS UK are looking for a technical consultant to specialise in client deployment (Windows 7 and Windows 8), Systems Centre 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – to view and apply for the position please see http://bit.ly/GI8Id2 or if you need additional information then please contact Sarah…

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Approval request notification for Systems Center 2012 Configuration Manager

  My favorite feature in Systems Center 2012 Configuration Manager (Configuration Manager) is without a doubt the new and shiny self-service Application Catalog portal. The new Application Catalog feature is packed with benefits for both the application owner and the end user. As an IT department or Line of business (LOB) application owner, you can…

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Using MBAM to start BitLocker Encryption in a Task Sequence

The script has been updated to abort if the TPM is not Active and to create Endorsement Key Pair if it does not exist on the TPM.   Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) provides features to manage BitLocker encryption of computers in an enterprise.  More information on MBAM can be found here. BitLocker creates…

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