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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.

A little bit of ConfigMgr housekeeping

Nov 07 2016
Just wanted to post a quick reminder that ConfigMgr by default is logging info not only to it’s own log files, which are in the ConfigMgr installation directory, which is typically not on the C: drive, at least, should not be on the C: drive, but also to the IIS logs, which typically are on the C: drive. Obviously it is not good if the C: fills up, because then the site server dies. So some house-keeping is useful.

Moving Computers to another OU during deployment - Webservice style

Nov 07 2016
Here is a step-by-step guide to configure a MDT Lite Touch or ConfigMgr task sequence to move a computer to another OU during deployment. The webservice used in this guide does the same job as Maik Koster’s version available here: but I have include the C# source code for my version, so you can review, or modify it if you want to.

In the lab - Using the Zabbix monitoring platform

Nov 06 2016
Just stumbled across the Zabbix monitoring platform ( ) while working with a customer in Austin this week, so I figured I’ll set it up in my lab an test it out for a bit.

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