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

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

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

PowerShell: Fully Automated Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Recently I've been looking into automating my image build process further using PowerShell to create an Image Factory of sorts. There are other similar scripts that I've found online, but I like the relatively simple and straightforward method I've developed below. If like me you're looking to automate your image build process so that you … Continue reading PowerShell: Fully Automated Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Windows Insider: Can The Preview Builds Be Deployed With MDT?

I've been playing around with the Windows Insider Preview builds for a few months now and with the news that Microsoft are expanding the program to IT Pros (as well as many other types of users), I decided to look into seeing if the builds could be deployed via Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Build (8443). The … Continue reading Windows Insider: Can The Preview Builds Be Deployed With MDT?

Quick Tip: Enable server-side log storage in MDT for easier troubleshooting

Probably the most important thing about troubleshooting anything is having the data on the process. Troubleshooting Task Sequences in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit can be tricky, and has, in the past stumped me for days because I didn't have, or couldn't find the right data on what was going wrong. Luckily MDT does have logs - … Continue reading Quick Tip: Enable server-side log storage in MDT for easier troubleshooting

Tales From The Real World: Windows 10 Deployment

I've been doing a reasonably large scale Windows 10 deployment recently and I thought I'd feedback on performance of my MDT setup, whilst also taking into account the specification and topology of the network. Below is a screenshot of the times of some successfully completed deployments for reference. As you can see, they're in the vicinity … Continue reading Tales From The Real World: Windows 10 Deployment