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Using ModelAlias for ConfigMgr Driver Management

Dec 18 2016
As you probably know, the various driver vendors do not exactly follow the same standard for labeling their models. This is where the concept of ModelAlias comes in. It just a script that normalizes vendor model names to their real model names. In this post, you learn to use ModelAlias for driver management in ConfigMgr.

Installing SQL Server 2016 like a boss

Dec 14 2016
Every once in a while you need to install SQL Server. It could be the SQL Server Express edition because you are using the Database for MDT Lite Touch, or the full SQL Server to support a System Center product like ConfigMgr Current Branch. Either way, both versions supports installing updates as part of the setup, and here follows the steps to install SQL Server 2016 with SP1 fully automated/unattended.

Hydration Kit For Windows Server 2016 and ConfigMgr Current / Technical Preview Branch

Dec 14 2016
This Kit builds a complete ConfigMgr v1606/1610 with Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016 SP1 infrastructure, and some (optional) supporting servers. This kit is tested on both Hyper-V and VMware virtual platforms, but should really work on any virtualization platform that can boot from an ISO. The kit offers a complete setup of both a primary site server running ConfigMgr Current Branch v1606 (server CM01), as well as a primary site server running ConfigMgr Technical Preview Branch v1610 (server CM02). You also find guidance on upgrading these platform to the latest build.

Building the perfect Windows Server 2016 reference image

Dec 13 2016
Here is a step-by-step quick guide on building the perfect Windows Server 2016 reference image. This guide is divided in two parts: The first part covers how to create a Windows Server 2016 reference image in just a few minutes using offline servicing. The quick-and-dirty method. The second part is about creating a Windows Server 2016 reference image using MDT 8443. The SHINY method.

Live event - Windows 10 Deployment - Notes from the field

Dec 06 2016
The end of 2016 is soon upon us, but before the holidays and hopefully some well-deserved time off, it’s time for a free live event: Windows 10 Deployment – Notes from the field. 1 hour of deployment tips and tricks presented by Johan Arwidmark

Using ConfigMgr to fix the Shift-F10 security issue for Windows 10 inplace-upgrades

Nov 30 2016
Unless you have been living under a rock the last few days, you haven’t missed the Every Windows 10 in-place Upgrade is a SEVERE Security risk blog post from Sami Laiho about the Shift-F10 security issue for Windows 10. Allowing a non-admin to get access to an BitLocker encrypted volume during an inplace-upgrade process of Windows 10.

Specify additional command-line options to Setup during a Windows 10 upgrade when using ConfigMgr

Nov 15 2016
During the Microsoft Ignite 2016 OS Deployment pre-conference, I demonstrated the ConfigMgr inplace-upgrade task sequence, and if you want to specify additional command-line options you can use the “not-so-easy-to-find” OSDSetupAdditionalUpgradeOptions variable. For example for using the /InstallLangPacks or /ReflectDrivers switches.

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