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

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

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

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

Automated Minecraft Server Backup for Shared Hosting

In my There's PowerShell In My Marzicraft! post I shared my script that creates a backup of the server and then uses OneDrive to upload it offsite. In this post, I'll share my script to backup a Minecraft server that's on shared hosting and therefore I only have limited access to. The server in question … Continue reading Automated Minecraft Server Backup for Shared Hosting

Customising the Start Menu and Taskbar with Windows 10 1607/1703

This week I've gone pretty deep down the rabbit hole of automating the Start Menu and Taskbar layouts during an MDT Task Sequence. Update 02/05/2017: This also works with Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) As every device I'm deploying will have the same customisation I wanted to automate it during the build or deploy Task Sequence, … Continue reading Customising the Start Menu and Taskbar with Windows 10 1607/1703