Managing Windows as a Service (WaaS)

Introduction Prior to Windows 10, Microsoft released new versions of Windows every few years, this schedule stalled the release of new features and caused headaches for IT to upskill staff due to significant changes in the Operating System. Microsoft have stated that Windows 10 will be the last major OS release but by no means … Continue reading Managing Windows as a Service (WaaS)

Installing Language Packs – Windows 10 (WaaS)

Overview You have numerous options to tackle language packs when deploying Windows 10. These include (but not limited to); Install language packs offline/online during reference image creation.  When dealing with a large number of languages, this will dramatically increase your install.wim size. Install languages packs offline with DISM manually The same goes as above, imagine … Continue reading Installing Language Packs – Windows 10 (WaaS)

Field Notes | The Windows 10 1703 Default Apps Minefield

Managing the default application associations in Windows 10 used to be simple, the process was straightfoward and worked without issue. With Windows 10 being released semi-annually you would expect some very minor process differences between versions, however it appears setting default assoications isnt that simple any more. The method ive used for Windows 10 1511 & … Continue reading Field Notes | The Windows 10 1703 Default Apps Minefield

Deploying Windows 10 1607

Following on from my post last year Building a Clean Windows 10 Reference Image - MDT 2013 U1 this entry will go rehash over some of the same steps that were discussed there as well as additional steps to deploy Windows 10 1607. For this build i am using: Windows 10 1607 - https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/08/02/how-to-get-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/ MDT 2013 Update … Continue reading Deploying Windows 10 1607

Powershell: Pause SCCM Task Sequence with Message Box, Auto launch SMSTS.log

Hi All, I put together this simple PS script that will generate a message box with a friendly message that your TS has failed. It will then auto launch your SMSTS.log file with CMTrace and add a Task Sequence variable of "TSFailed" which you can leverage as a step in your Task Sequence if you … Continue reading Powershell: Pause SCCM Task Sequence with Message Box, Auto launch SMSTS.log

Dart – Remote Control WinPE (The Nice Way)

Before i begin, a big thanks to reddit/user/ab0mbs for the initial script for this project! For the longest time i have always included Dart's Remote Tools in my WinPE boot images. Dart is included in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack  which is available if you have Software Assurance with Microsoft. Dart's Remote Tools allows you to … Continue reading Dart – Remote Control WinPE (The Nice Way)

(Bitlocker) MBAM Will Not Prompt For Pin on Windows 10 1511

               Since updating my SCCM TS to Windows v1511 I have spent hours pulling my hair out trying to get MBAM to prompt the user for PIN with no avail, all my previous Windows 10 (pre 1511) worked fine, so i was trying to figure out what had changed. … Continue reading (Bitlocker) MBAM Will Not Prompt For Pin on Windows 10 1511