Quick workaround for ADK 1703 issue

If you read about the issue with the ADK 1703 release that Aaron blogged about here, you know that there’s an issue installing the new ADK on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 if you are running Secure Boot (which you should be running and shouldn’t turn off).  This is due to an improperly signed…

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Windows Updates: What’s in a name?

If you looked in WSUS or ConfigMgr recently, you may have noticed that the naming pattern for some of the most recent new updates has changed – there is now a definite, consistent pattern that looks like this: [Release] [Update description] for [OS] [Version] for [Arch]-based Systems [KB] So what are each of those components? …

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Moving from BIOS to UEFI with MDT 8443

If you watched the Microsoft Mechanics video on MBR2GPT, the new tool for converting disks from MBR layout to GPT layout as part of the BIOS to UEFI conversion process, you may have spied an MDT task sequence being used.  I thought it would be useful to provide those as samples that you could use…

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Hiding pages in Settings with Windows 10 1703

A common request from organizations is to have a way to hide some of the pages inside the Windows 10 “Settings” app, like you could do before with the Control Panel applets.  There is a new policy available in Windows 10 1703 that now enables this.  It’s available in Group Policy at “Computer Configuration –>…

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Removing “Contact Support” app

It seems a lot of blogs start off as either e-mail or IM conversations – this one is included in that category (thanks to Justin Chalfant).  The question is fairly simple:  How do you remove the “Contact Support” app from Windows 10 1607?  If you remember back to the original Windows 10 releases, this wasn’t…

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

01/31/2017:  Edited to reflect a change in the minimum disk size. 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…

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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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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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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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