PowerShell: Automate WSUS Maintenance

In a previous post I wrote about some configuration tweaks to keep your WSUS healthy, in this post I included a short PowerShell script so that the WSUS maintenance cycle could be automated. I've improved the script somewhat since then, adding more accessible configuration options, this post will serve as a change log and documentation … Continue reading PowerShell: Automate WSUS Maintenance

Virtual Machine Backup for Hyper-V

In a previous post I wrote about my Hyper-V backup script, powered by PowerShell. This post will serve as a change log and documentation page, as my previous post was more about how the script is written as a reference. My Hyper-V backup script is also available to download from the TechNet Gallery. When run … Continue reading Virtual Machine Backup for Hyper-V

Delving into disabling OneDrive

Disabling OneDrive for Windows 10 (and previous versions for that matter) is a relatively easy task to accomplish, but if you're doing some profile customisation and setting the "CopyProfile" option in the Unattend.xml then you'll need to do some extra work to make sure that it's disabled, and hidden as expected. The first thing to … Continue reading Delving into disabling OneDrive

Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

In a previous post I wrote about my Image Factory for MDT, powered by Hyper-V and PowerShell. This post will serve as a change log and documentation page, as my previous post was more about how the script is written as a reference.   My Image Factory script is also available to download from the … Continue reading Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

PXE Booting with WDS for UEFI and BIOS Devices

In a previous post (PXE Booting for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) I mentioned that I would talk about how to set up PXE to deal with VLANs. To be honest I forgot all about it until someone on twitter reminded me - many thanks for the reminder! A lot of what I'm going to go through in … Continue reading PXE Booting with WDS for UEFI and BIOS Devices

Building a Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

With the release of Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) ISO on the Volume Licensing Service Center, I've recently been looking into using the "final" code with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to build reference images and discover what issues are present. This post is a round up of differences and issues I've found with building and … Continue reading Building a Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

WSUS Configuration Tweaks For Improving Performance

I've been dealing with some issues with a WSUS server recently. It services around 1000 devices, mostly Windows 10 with some Windows 7, Windows Server 2016/2012 R2/2012 and 2008 R2. The WSUS server provided updates for a variety of Microsoft products including Office, Exchange, SQL, Visual Studio, Windows Defender to name a few. The WSUS … Continue reading WSUS Configuration Tweaks For Improving Performance

PowerShell: Removing UWP apps from Windows 10 1607/1703

If you're using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to deploy Windows 10 1607 or the soon to be released 1703 (the Creators Update) for a network/corporate environment, then you might want to remove some of the included UWP apps to help speed up log in, save space, save network/internet bandwidth...etc. You could just deploy Windows 10 LTSB … Continue reading PowerShell: Removing UWP apps from Windows 10 1607/1703

PowerShell: Hyper-V Backup With Checkpoints/Snapshots

I previously posted a quick and dirty Hyper-V backup script that was very basic but did the job required at the time. I always wanted to revisit it and improve it. I'm moving the change log and updates to this page, as this post is more about the script itself. I started to look at … Continue reading PowerShell: Hyper-V Backup With Checkpoints/Snapshots

Windows 10 1607/1703 Start Menu Customisation – Update

Here's a quick update on an option I missed in my previous post about how to customise the Start Menu and Taskbar for new Windows 10 1607/1703 installs. Update 02/05/2017: This also works with Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) The method that I used in my previous post would not be suitable for other environments … Continue reading Windows 10 1607/1703 Start Menu Customisation – Update