File Admin Permissions
· ☕ 2 min read
When browsing files and folders on your file servers as an admin, you receive "You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder." Here's how to fix that.

User Home Permissions
· ☕ 5 min read
Before You Start By default, Windows Server does a decent job these days of setting up secure permissions for user home directories but only if you use the various wizards that are built-in to the server manager. Sometimes you just want to create some directories and shares and have them good to go. I mean how hard can it be right? First things first, create a folder that will be the User Home root, we’ll set the permissions and share permissions on this folder.

Better Windows Updates For Everyone
· ☕ 4 min read
In this post I’m going to show how to quickly configure Windows Updates so that you only receive important security updates. We’ll cover Home and Pro/Enterprise users of both Windows 10 and Windows 11. These are also the settings I use myself and recommend for most users. These settings may also be helpful for IT admins. Set Active Hours - Windows 10 By default Active Hours are configured to be automatic but personally I think it’s better to set them manually.

Image Factory Utility - Update 21.12.02
· ☕ 1 min read
Automate Creation of WIM Files This is the initial release of a new version of my Image Factory Utility with support for Oracle Virtual Box. I’ve tested it myself, but there may be issues on other setups, so I’d be interested in hearing if anyone has problems when using Virtual Box. 2021-12-02: Version 21.12.01 Added option to use Oracle Virtual Box instead of Hyper-V. Configured logs path now is created, if it does not exist.

Deploy Windows 10 21H2 Reference Image
· ☕ 13 min read
News and Updates An important update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released. This update fixes a boot loop issue. Download the update here. In this article as with my previous ones we will walk through configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to deploy the reference image created in the previous article: Build and Capture Windows 10 21H2 Reference Image Installing the MDT Update: MDT_KB4564442 Extract the files from the self-extracting archive and copy them to %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools replacing the existing files.

Build and Capture Windows 10 21H2 Reference Image
· ☕ 8 min read
News and Updates An important update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released. This update fixes a boot loop issue. Download the update here. In this article as with my previous ones we will walk through installing and configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to build and capture a reference image of Windows 10 21H2 using a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. It’s assumed that you have a server or PC ready to install MDT and create a file share for MDT to build the image with.

Deploy Windows 11 21H2 Reference Image
· ☕ 13 min read
News and Updates An important update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released. This update fixes a boot loop issue. Download the update here. There is no x86 version of Windows 11 This article is based on Windows 11 21H2 22000.258. I will update it in future as things progress. In this article as with my previous ones we will walk through configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to deploy the reference image created in the previous article: Build and Capture Windows 11 21H2 Reference Image

Installing Remote Server Administration Tools on Windows 11
· ☕ 1 min read
The RSAT tools in Windows 11 are not in the same location as Windows 10. In this guide we’ll go through how to quickly add all of them using PowerShell and where they are in the new Settings GUI. Installing RSAT the quickest and easiest way using PowerShell Run the following command in an elevated PowerShell session. 1 Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Add-WindowsCapability -Online When installation is completed, the icons will be available in the Start Menu under “Windows Tools”.

Build and Capture Windows 11 21H2 Reference Image
· ☕ 9 min read
News and Updates Update: 2021-11-12 After testing, a Build and Capture Task Sequence now appears to work and sysprep works as expected. An important update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released. This update fixes a boot loop issue. Download the update here. There is no x86 version of Windows 11 This article is based on Windows 11 21H2 22000.258. I will update it in future as things progress.

On-Prem AD User Creator Utility - Update 21.09.20
· ☕ 2 min read
Configurable Script for Creating On-Prem Active Directory User Accounts I’ve completely re-written this utility to make it easier and simpler to use. You can now configure multiple groups for the users to be added to on creation and the sam account names are generated randomly from the names list CSV file. The utility is intended to create a lot of users very quickly. By default usernames are first name and a three digit number and passwords are also generated randomly by the script.

Windows 11 21H2 Customisation
· ☕ 2 min read
Windows 11 is very similar to Windows 10 is terms of technology and core services, however with the new UI and Start Menu refresh there are some new elements that you may want to remove. Start Menu and Taskbar Layouts - Current Issues Another change with Windows 11 is the format of the exported Start Menu layout, it is now a .json file instead of XML. Unfortunately, there is a currently an issue where importing the Start Menu layout fails with an error.

Windows 11 Microsoft Store Apps
· ☕ 4 min read
This post is a cut down version of this one and only focusses on Windows 11, for clarity. Important note! A “provisioned app” is an app that is a part of the Windows 11 installation and will be available for all users. Otherwise the app is only installed for the currently logged on user. To remove apps for all future users and the currently logged on user, you must remove both types of app.