Image Factory Utility - Update 21.12.02
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Configurable Script For Creating On-Prem Active Directory User Accounts I’ve completly 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 user names are firstname and a three digit number and passwords are also generated randomly by the script.

Windows 11 21H2 Customisation
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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
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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 availible 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.

Hyper-V Backup Utility - Update 21.08.10
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Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility I’ve (finally) added the option to specify the port for the SMTP server. If not configured it will use the default of port 25. 2021-08-10: Version 21.08.10 Added an option to specify the Port for SMTP communication. Hyper-V Backup Utility can be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here. A demonstration video is available on my YouTube channel.

Hyper-V Backup Utility - Update 21.07.02
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Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility Since implementing support for 7-Zip it has added a whole load of additional possibilities to test for. This has created some difficulties for me, however I have been hard at work and have believe I’ve tackled the problem by introducing a formal testing process (and mostly automated it) in order to test some popular possible configs. You should be able to use any option that 7-zip supports, although currently the only options I’ve tested fully are ‘-t’ archive type, ‘-p’ password and ‘-v’ split files.

Image Factory Utility - Update 21.06.22
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Automate Creation of WIM Files Just a small update to this utility. Some tidying up of code and added a progression bar so you can see at a glance how far through the list of TS ID’s the script is. 2021-06-22: Version 21.06.22 Added a progression bar display. Changed a variable to prevent conflicts with future PowerShell versions. Image Factory Utility can be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here.

Hyper-V Backup Utility - Update 21.06.14
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Flexible Hyper-V Backup Utility Just a small update to add the ability to use any 7-zip command line option with the utility. 2021-06-14: Version 21.06.14 Replaced -Sz* specific options with -SzOptions which will support any option that 7-zip supports. Hyper-V Backup Utility can be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here. A demonstration video is available on my YouTube channel.