New version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit released!

A new version of MDT, build 8456, was released today.  You can read about all the changes here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/mdt/release-notes and download it from here: https://aka.ms/mdtdownload From my perspective, the biggest change is a new feature that offers something ConfigMgr customers have had for quite a while: support for nested task sequences.  Support for Windows Server…

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USB media and Windows Information Protection

If you do lots of Windows deployments, you likely create USB media fairly frequently.  But if you are using Windows Information Protection (WIP), you could run into problems if that USB key is used on a Windows 10 device with WIP policies applied to automatically encrypt files based on their file type, you might find…


Assigning Autopilot profiles by exception

I mentioned in my previous blog that I typically use an “All Autopilot Devices” dynamic group to assign an Autopilot profile automatically to most devices, while using two additional groups to let me manually assign devices that I want to deploy differently.  Given that there were several questions around that, I though it would be…

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Evaluating/Testing/Demoing modern deployment with Windows Autopilot

Whether you are evaluating Windows Autopilot for the first time, testing out new features and capabilities, or demoing it to new customers, you’re typically going through the same basic steps: Getting the hardware hash from an existing machine.  See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/windows-autopilot/add-devices#collecting-the-hardware-id-from-existing-devices-using-powershell for the steps to do this using the Get-WindowsAutopilotInfo script. Uploading the device to Intune…

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Revisiting Windows Autopilot for existing devices

Back in October, I posted a blog talking about speeding up Windows Autopilot for existing devices, with a custom task sequence template to avoid the extra sysprep generalize and specialize that happens with the default ConfigMgr task sequence template for Windows Autopilot for existing devices (now built into ConfigMgr current branch).  Based on feedback from…

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Blocking for app installation using Enrollment Status Page

When you do an Autopilot deployment, we recommend configuring the Enrollment Status Page (ESP) to block until those app installations are done – the user won’t be able to get to the desktop until the device is configured so that they can be secure and productive. But we recognize that some apps are more important…


Trying out Windows Autopilot User-Driven Hybrid Azure AD Join

With Windows 10 1809 now available, we’ve added new scenarios to Windows Autopilot.  You can read about them in the announcement blogs: Windows Autopilot: What’s new and what’s next (overview) Deploying a kiosk using Windows Autopilot (details on self-deploying mode) Upgrade Windows 7 using Windows Autopilot in Configuration Manager (details on Windows Autopilot for existing…

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Speeding up Windows Autopilot for existing devices

At Ignite 2018, we announced Windows Autopilot for existing devices, a new feature designed to migrate devices from Windows 7 (or any other version of Windows, i.e. 8.1 or 10), Active Directory-joined and ConfigMgr-managed, to Windows 10, Azure Active Directory-joined and Intune-managed (with co-management with ConfigMgr if you so desire) leveraging the Windows Autopilot user-driven…

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A recap from Microsoft Ignite 2018

Another Ignite conference has been completed, and I’m on my way back home to sleep for as long as possible.  For those that weren’t able to attend, or for those that did attend but weren’t watching the video wall showing 12 sessions simultaneously, you can catch up via the session recordings that are available through…

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New Windows Autopilot resources available

It’s been a busy day for new Windows Autopilot resources.  First, we launched a new Windows Autopilot landing page, with high-level details about Windows Autopilot capabilities and feature (with more to be added in the future, stayed tuned).  Visit https://aka.ms/WindowsAutopilot to check it out. Next, we published a (nearly completely) new set of documentation at…

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