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 that apps you had removed from…

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Removing Windows 10 in-box apps during a task sequence

A couple of years ago, Ben Hunter posted a script on the Deployment Guys blog that showed how to remove the in-box modern apps from a Windows 8.1 installation.  That exact same approach works with Windows 10 as well.  But there’s more that can be done, especially since the list of apps is different for…

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Sometimes it’s the little things…

I’ve been building SMS and ConfigMgr environments for over 17 years now.  You would think that in that amount of time I would be able to do this without pulling my hair out.  Most of the time that is the case, but not always.  Today, I wanted to do something that I’ve done dozens of…

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User groups in the Seattle area

You would expect that having Microsoft in the Seattle area would result in having a plethora of Microsoft-related users groups around.  But over the years, I’ve found that these are somewhat hard to find.  So here’s my compilation: Seattle IT Pro User’s Group.  This group talks about all sorts of IT pro-related topics, including Windows…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: Roles and Features improvements

Apparently I was so wrapped up in the MDT 2012 Update 1 development process that I forgot to talk about one of the areas that consumed weeks of my time before the MDT 2012 Update 1 release: improvements to the “Roles and Features” logic. In MDT 2010 and MDT 2012, we had a task sequence…

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Troubleshooting Windows Deployments, take #2

Traveling from New Zealand to Australia for the TechEd Australia conference, I had some additional time to work on the troubleshooting guide, which is now starting to feel more like a book.  I added two sections to this document, one reviewing all the possible return codes from the MDT scripts (yes, there are lots of…

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Troubleshooting Windows Deployments

I’ve been doing a session at various events over the years called “Troubleshooting Windows Deployments” or something similar to that.  Today is the latest, presenting the session at TechEd New Zealand in Auckland.  It’s been tweaked some over the years, but the basic flow has always been the same: Log files of interest Examples of…

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Automatically configuring the ConfigMgr console for MDT 2012

As part of the MDT installation process, you need to run the “Configure ConfgMgr Integration” wizard to add the MDT components into the ConfigMgr console and database.  But what if you want to automate that process?  Fortunately, that’s pretty easy to do using PowerShell, as the integration process really just copies some files around. See…

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Speed up MDT task sequences in Configuration Manager

Here’s a quick suggestion for speeding up MDT-created task sequences in ConfigMgr 2007 or ConfigMgr 2012: Find your MDT toolkit files package source folder. In the “Scripts” folder inside that folder, find the “ZTISCCM.wsf” script. Look for a line like this: wscript.sleep 30000 Remove that line or comment it out, then save the script. Update…

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MDT 2012 Update 1 is coming soon!

You probably noticed that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM’d today (see http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/08/01/windows-server-2012-released-to-manufacturing.aspx for the details).  MDT 2012 Update 1 won’t be too far behind, as this is the version that will fully support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 deployment, as well as the new Assessment and Deployment Kit (the replacement…

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