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

Windows 10 Insider Preview (Creators Update) – New OOBE

As we hurtle towards the release of the Creators Update, I decided to take a look at the new OOBE (Out Of Box Experience) that users will see when installing the update. The new OOBE has been a part of the Insider preview builds for some time now. It's main feature is Cortana support, so … Continue reading Windows 10 Insider Preview (Creators Update) – New OOBE

Quick Tip: Windows 10 Screenshots

You're probably aware that the Print Screen captures a screenshot and stores it in the clipboard. What you may not know is that Win + Print Screen also captures a screenshot and saves it in Pictures\Screenshots. When you press the key combination, the screen will dim for a second. Man, you learn something new everyday. Additionally if … Continue reading Quick Tip: Windows 10 Screenshots

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