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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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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Using the Windows Store for Business with MDT 2013

The Windows Store for Business was made available to everyone back in November, corresponding to the Windows 10 version 1511 feature upgrade that was released at the same time.  For those that aren't familiar with the Windows Store for Business capabilities, it provides organizations the ability to acquire apps for use throughout their organizations, and…

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Seeing extra apps? Turn them off.

A few weeks ago, I published a script to help remove the in-box apps from a Windows 10 image.  Some people have reported after running this script they are still seeing apps on the machine, things like Candy Crush, Twitter, and similar apps (which can vary based on your location).  So why is this happening? …

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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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Windows 10: Reducing the disk footprint

  An Overview A while back, a blog post at http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/03/16/how-windows-10-achieves-its-compact-footprint/ talked about the things that Windows 10 does differently in order to reduce the total disk footprint.  Part of these savings come from the fact that Windows 10 systems no longer need or use recovery images, so you can get back 4GB from that. …

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Adding features (including .NET 3.5) to Windows 10

Windows 10 has created a new way of installing features that aren’t included in the operating system image, kind of like the situation with .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.  Similar, but different.  This enables us to keep the operating system smaller for those that don’t need these features. To read more…

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