Deploying A Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2) Reference Image with MDT
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2019-11-12: Microsoft have confirmed on Twitter that there will be no updated ADK for Windows 10 1909, so keep using ADK 1903 with the fix as noted below. 2019-10-05: At the time of writing there is no ADK for Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2), so I’ve tested this walkthrough using the ADK for Windows 10 1903 with the hotfix for Windows System Image Manager. I’ll keep these pages up to date when Windows 10 1909 is officially released.

Building A Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2) Reference Image with MDT
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2019-11-12: Microsoft have confirmed on Twitter that there will be no updated ADK for Windows 10 1909, so keep using ADK 1903 with the fix as noted below. 2019-10-05: At the time of writing there is no ADK for Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2), so I’ve tested this walkthrough using the ADK for Windows 10 1903 with the hotfix for Windows System Image Manager. I’ll keep these pages up to date when Windows 10 1909 is officially released.

Microsoft Teams, Webhooks and You
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If you use Microsoft Teams you may want to be able to send information from external services. There are many apps that can be added to teams to accomplish this but what if you have an internal system or custom script and you want it’s output to be sent to Teams? Well, there’s an app for that too. You can add the Incoming Webhook app to your Teams instance and configure where and who it should deposit information as.

Network Device Status Monitor (NDSM) Update v2.0
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Download it from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. Big update to Network Device Status Monitor (NDSM) utility. Changes in 2.0 Added Microsoft Teams as an output location using a webhook. Here’s a walkthrough on how to create a webhook for your Teams instance. MS teams is limited to 10 devices. Not sure if it’s a Teams/webhook limit, or my code. Will investigate. Fixed bug where all devices are offline, a phantom device is added to the bottom of the offline list.

Quick PoSH: User Logon Auditing
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Here’s a quick and dirty user logon/logoff auditing script that has been helpful in educational institutions. The script is available to download from GitHub. Usage Open the Group Policy Object at the top most level of your domain(s) and add the script to the PowerShell scripts area. On log on, add the -logon parameter, and on log off add the -logoff parameter. Create a hidden share somewhere on your network, and give ‘Authenticated Users’ Full Control share and file permissions.

Managing Windows Updates with Group Policy
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In this post I’ll walk through how I manage and test the delivery of Windows Updates to all my clients and servers. I’ll also go through how I manage essential servers like Domain Controllers, Hyper-V hosts and I’ll touch on getting started with Cluster-Aware Updating. We’re going to group our machines into Clients and Servers, and then group each of those groups into Ring 1 and Ring 2. If you want, you can create more rings for more control, but generally I find two rings are sufficient.

App Spotlight: Windows Admin Center
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At the time of writing Windows Admin Center has been around for almost 18 months, in those 18 months it’s come a long way and is still being actively developed and updated. It’s a simple install, can be installed on either Windows 10 or Server 2016/2019, doesn’t require an internet connection or Azure, and will work with your existing on-prem servers. It’s also free. Windows Admin Center (WAC) is a much needed tool for modernising the management of servers in the Microsoft ecosystem.

It's time to update.
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As you may be able to tell I’ve updated the site design and structure to assist in finding the most relevant information. I’ve also recently updated all my PowerShell utilities to support custom subject lines in the email output, along with a few other improvements and fixes. The best place to get my most up to date utilities and see other scripts I’m working on is on my GitHub. I still update the scripts on TechNet and PowerShell Gallery, but GitHub is where I focus my work.

Windows Deployment
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I’ve been deploying Windows since the Windows 2000 and Ghost days. I began deploying Windows 10 at scale with version 1607, and over the years I’ve learned a lot and developed a good and proven system for building and deploying reference images using Task Sequences and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Windows 11 is (so far) very similar to Windows 10, but I’ll be continuing my deployment guides and tips just as before.

About
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Hi there I’m Mike Galvin. I have been working in IT for almost 20 years, starting with first-line support and moving through several technical roles. I have always been more interested in the problem solving and implementation side of IT ever since I first started rolling out Windows 2000. My primary skills are in server and desktop Operating System deployment, Group Policy, Active Directory, and scripting. This site is where I post solutions I want to share with others in the technical community and documentation about my own scripts and utilities that I create.

Other Work
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3D Maze Remix - Available for Windows, macOS and Linux Download and Play for Free Development History

Really Useful PowerShell Utilities
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Over the years I’ve built a number of utilities which I’ve grouped up into a collection that I’m calling my Really Useful PowerShell Utilities. These utilities are primarily built to be run by IT workers as automated tasks, not as end-user programs. They are maintained on GitHub and PowerShell Gallery, but below are links to the full documentation for each utility on this site. These are free for anyone to use but if you like them please consider supporting my work:

Office Update Utility
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Microsoft Office Update Manager For full change log and more information, visit my site. Office Update Utility is available from: GitHub The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time donation 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 This utility will check for and download update files for Microsoft Office.