Windows 10 1607: Keeping apps from coming back when deploying the feature update

For those of you that have deployed Windows 10 1511, you’re probably already starting to work with Windows 10 1607, getting ready for initial pilot deployments so that you’re ready for broad deploying of Windows 10 1607 in the coming months.  As part of that work, you would notice one annoyance:  Apps that you had…

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Windows 10, Delivery Optimization, and WSUS: Take #2

I had posted an article about Windows 10 1607, Delivery Optimization, and WSUS last week at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2016/08/08/using-wsus-with-windows-10-1607/, but based on conversations with the engineering team and more testing of my own using virtual machines, I thought it would be good to make a second attempt at it. Let’s start off with some basic behaviors: Both…

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Using WSUS with Windows 10 1607?

Note:  Consider this post obsolete and replaced by https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2016/08/16/windows-10-delivery-optimization-and-wsus-take-2/, which offers more detail and clarity around the behavior of Delivery Optimization in both Windows 10 1511 and 1607. For those of you who have started deploying Windows 10 1607 (edit: and Windows 10 1511), you might notice a change in the behavior of the Windows…

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Windows 10 1607 downloads available on VLSC

With the release of Windows 10 version 1607 (a.k.a. the anniversary update), we’ve posted the volume license media on the Volume Licensing Service Center.  It’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for, so here are some tips:   Search for “Windows 10” to get a list of products.  When you select a particular…

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In the NYC area on Friday, March 25th?

I’ll be at the Microsoft office in Times Square presenting on Windows 10 and Windows as a service at the IT Pro Con NY event, http://www.itproconny.com/.  Registration is still open, with content on Windows, PowerShell, Azure, SharePoint, and Exchange presented throughout the day.  Sign up here: http://itproconny.eventbrite.com/


Documentation updates for Windows 10 1511

The team responsible for creating Windows documentation was very busy, creating new documentation and updating existing documentation for the functionality in the Windows 10 1511 feature update.  If you haven’t yet found these documentation updates, here’s a handy list that they compiled for all the new stuff: Security content Windows Defender in Windows 10 (4…

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Building a provisioning package to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise

With Windows 10 Mobile, we’ve released a new SKU called Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise that has a few extra features.  This SKU is available as a benefit to customers with Software Assurance for Windows.  But how do you take a phone or other mobile device running Windows 10 Mobile and get it to run Windows…


There is never enough automation

When I first started in IT, I worked with a team of people to do very repetitive tasks as a DBA.  Fortunately, a few of those people had the right idea:  With enough automation, we can eliminate the need for our jobs.  Now that might sound like a career mistake, but what you quickly realize…

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Build Windows 7 images faster by patching them faster

I’m sure you’ve noticed that when building a new Windows 7 SP1 image that there are a lot of updates that need to be installed.  And these installations can take a while, whether pulling those updates from Windows Update directly or from WSUS.  But the performance can be improved. First, see Justin Chalfant’s blog post…

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What’s Changed in MDT 2013 Update 2

Looking at a comparison of the files in MDT 2013 Update 2, here’s a quick overview of the changes in the scripts when compared with those in MDT 2013 Update 1: DeployWiz_Initialization.vbs.  Change the task sequence filtering logic to only display upgrade task sequences from a running OS (not bare metal). DeployWiz_UserData.vbs.  Fixed a bug…

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