Deploy Windows 10 2004 (20H1) Reference Image
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News and Updates An essential update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released: This update fixes two issues around booting. Details on how to install it are on Michael Niehaus' blog post here. and you can download the fix here. I will add installation instructions in the walkthrough below. NOTE: If you have existing shares you will need to copy the files from the extracted update to %DeployRoot%\Tools and overwrite the existing files in all shares.

Build and Capture Windows 10 2004 (20H1) Reference Image
· β˜• 10 min read
News and Updates An essential update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released: This update fixes two issues around booting. Details on how to install it are on Michael Niehaus' blog post here. and you can download the fix here. I will add installation instructions in the walkthrough below. NOTE: If you have existing shares you will need to copy the files from the extracted update to %DeployRoot%\Tools and overwrite the existing files in all shares.

Log Manager Utility - Update 20.03.23
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Flexible clean up and backup of log files A user reported an issue where wildcards would not work with the -LogsPath switch. This was due to me adding incorrect validation to that option. To fix this I have removed the validation and should now accept wildcards as before. Please accept my apologies for this error, it should have been caught during testing but I missed it. I’ll take steps in future to prevent this type of problem from occurring in future.

WSUS Maintenance Utility - Update 20.03.20
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Clean up your WSUS I’ve overhauled WSUS Maintenance Utility and have added some new features which were long overdue. It also includes all the same improvements that the other refactored utilities have. 2020-03-20: Version 20.03.20 Added code contribution from ideas@habs.homelinux.net. Individual cleanup jobs now run separately. Improved reporting. Made slight improvements to documentation. WSUS Maintenance Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here.

TechNet Gallery is being retired
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Microsoft is finally retired the old TechNet Gallery - one of the websites where I’ve made my utilities available in the past. So, this is just a heads up that if you get my scripts from there, they will no longer be available in the near future. They will still be available on the Microsoft PowerShell Gallery and on my own GitHub. I’ve been expecting this as over the past few years some functionality of the site has been broken for months on end.

Tech Tips for These Tumultuous Times
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Hi all, In these interesting times I thought I’d create a round-up of some tips and recommendations for those of you who are looking to improve your technology - whatever your situation. It’s a grab bag of various items I’ve been collecting for a while but I hope some of these suggestions are useful to you. I usually write posts geared towards IT professionals but this post is aimed at people from all walks of life working from home with little IT assistance.

Internet Access Control Utility
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Control Internet access with Windows Firewall Internet Access Control Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time payment using PayPal. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server. -Mike Features and Requirements It requires Windows Firewall to be active.

Remove Win10 Apps Utility - Update 20.03.13
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Customisable Windows 10 app removal utility I’ve refactored my old Remove UWP script and renamed it to bring it in line with my recent utility updates. Version 20.03.13 β€˜Cool’ Refactored code. Backwards compatible. Added logging. Added config report when ran. Added ASCII banner art when run in the console. Added option to disable the ASCII banner art. Remove Win10 Apps Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here.

Logon Audit Utility
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Really simple log on/off auditing utility Logon Audit Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time payment using PayPal. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server. -Mike Features and Requirements The utility is meant to be run on the client machine.

Log Manager Utility - Update 20.03.11
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Flexible clean up and backup of log files This is a minor update to my Log Manager Utility - there was a switch alias which was conflicting with a variable and preventing the utility from running correctly. The previous command line switch of -LogPath is now -LogsPath. Version 20.03.11 ‘Cow’ The previous command line switch of -LogPath is now -LogsPath. This fixes an issue with a duplicate variable and switch alias preventing utility from running currently.

Log Manager Utility - Update 20.03.06
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Flexible clean up and backup of log files I’ve completed a lengthy and much needed overhaul of Log Manager Utility. I’ve added a few new features including one suggested from a user. Please be aware that this new version is not backwards compatible with the previous versions and you will need to reconfigure it before use. 2020-03-09: Version 20.03.06 ‘Fish’ Added custom name for zip file based on user feedback.

WSUS Maintenance Utility - Update 20.03.03
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Clean up your WSUS I’ve overhauled WSUS Maintenance Utility and have added some new features which were long overdue. It also includes all the same improvements that the other refactored utilities have. 2020-03-05: Version 20.03.03 β€˜Burger’ Added SSL option for connecting to the WSUS server. Made the -Port switch optional. If it is not specified the default port is used. If -WsusSsl is specified, the default port for SSL is used.

Office Update Utility - Update 20.03.01
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Office Update Manager for 365/2019 I’ve overhauled Office Update Utility and have improved the reporting. It also includes all the same improvements that the other refactored utilities have. 2020-03-03: Version 20.03.01 ‘Crosshair’ New features: Refactored code. Fully backwards compatible. Added ASCII banner art when run in the console. Added option to disable the ASCII banner art. Config report matches design of Image Factory Utility. Office Update Utility can be downloaded from: