Afraid of Windows 10 with Azure AD join? Try it out (part 1)

I’ve been surprised by the number of organizations that have never tried to join a Windows 10 device into Azure Active Directory.  So let’s spend some time talking about that. You’ve been able to join a Windows device to Active Directory domains for as long as there have been Active Directory domains.  With Windows 10,…

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Changing the Hyper-V screen resolution during OOBE

I’ve recorded a variety of videos (especially for Windows AutoPilot, but prior to that for other Windows deployment scenarios) that involve capturing the initial phases of a Hyper-V VM’s boot process.  Normally, these default to a resolution like 1024×768, although they can be changed to a better resolution (e.g. 1366×768 or 1920×1080) manually after Windows…


Windows AutoPilot Azure AD Branding

When you use Windows AutoPilot to deploy new devices, you want the process to be friendly and familiar for the users going through the process.  One of the ways that is done is by customizing the logon experience to include logos and company-specific text.  This leverages an Azure Active Directory Premium feature called company branding,…

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Troubleshooting Windows AutoPilot: Sample ETW Traces

In yesterday’s AutoPilot troubleshooting blog, https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2017/12/13/troubleshooting-windows-autopilot-level-300400/, I showed a variety of captured traces for AutoPilot (and one non-AutoPilot) deployment scenario, which required actually reproducing some different scenarios, including some failure cases.  As some of those aren’t particularly simple to reproduce outside of a lab environment (where you can purposely reconfigure Azure AD or Intune), a…


Troubleshooting Windows AutoPilot (level 300/400)

In my last post, I talked about issues you might encounter with Windows AutoPilot.  But what if you still can’t figure it out?  Typically the support and development teams would want more information to see what’s going on.  While I’m sure most IT pros would like to see log files or event logs that show…

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Troubleshooting Windows AutoPilot (level 100/200)

If you’ve watched the Microsoft Mechanics video or Ignite sessions (presented by Sidd or me) on Windows AutoPilot, you’ve seen what is supposed to happen: Manually choose language, region, keyboard Connect to a network (if not wired) Azure AD authentication using custom branding (org name, icons, etc.) The device is joined to Azure AD Automatic…

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Gathering Windows AutoPilot hardware details from existing machines

As discussed in the documentation at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/windows-10-auto-pilot, you can harvest the hardware details from existing Windows 10 devices, then upload those to AutoPilot via the Microsoft Store for Business, the Partner Center, or Intune (coming soon).  I published a PowerShell script called Get-WindowsAutoPilotInfo to the PowerShell Gallery that helps with gathering that info and formatting…

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Improved Windows Update Log Formatting with Windows 10 1709

With the release of Windows 10, the Windows Update log changed from a text file to a binary file.  A new PowerShell cmdlet, Get-WindowsUpdateLog, was added to format the binary file, generating the equivalent text file that many of you were used to.  But there was one challenge:  The formatting process required access to Windows…

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Changing between Windows SKUs

In one of the sessions that we did at Ignite around Windows 10 Subscription Activation, we included this slide that talked about the progression that has been made through the years in simplifying the process of changing the installed SKU of Windows, primarily between Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise: Judging from the reaction to my…

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Windows as a service: Connecting the dots

Since we’ve started talking about Windows as a service (almost three years ago now), we’ve published a lot of good information.  And while most people know about the main set of documentation (http://aka.ms/waas) and the Microsoft Mechanics video (http://aka.ms/waasvideo), there are some other sources of information that are also useful to help connect the dots…