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 Google Apps and GScript Work for Warframe Community Tools Community Stream International Timetable Warframe Release Stats Warframe Update History and Stats Community Calendar Interactive Warframe Update Timeline

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.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility - Update v4.4
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Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. Today I’ve released a minor update to my Hyper-V Backup Utility. In version 4.4 I’ve added more feedback when the script is used interactively. Whether you are running Hyper-V on a Windows 10 desktop or a Windows Server 2016 cluster, this utility can be used to backup your virtual machines. My original post with the full documentation is available here.

Deploying Office 2019 or Office 365
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If you’re familiar with deploying Office 2016 or any previous version, then the first big change when looking into Office 2019 or Office 365 is that there is no longer an MSI installer. Office 2019/Office 365 is now only available as a ‘Click-to-Run’ installation, which means we’ll need to change how we package, deploy and update Office 2019 or Office 365. Links to sites used in this post: Download the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) from Microsoft here.

Windows 10 1903/1909 (19H1/19H2) Changes, Tips and Tricks
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Here’s a couple of helpful tips and tricks I’ve found from Windows 10 1909/1903 and previous versions. Let’s get into them! Search and Cortana Are Separated In 1903/1909 A good change IMO and my first impressions of the new search is that it’s back to being as good as Windows 7’s. The search bar on the Taskbar is now just search and has nothing to do with Cortana. By default the search bar is expanded on the Taskbar and Cortana is just an icon.

Removing Built-in Apps from Windows 10 1903
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I’ve updated my previous post on removing the built-in apps from Windows 10 to reflect the minor changes in the Windows 10 1903 May 2019 Update. You can find that post here, or under the Windows Deployment menu at the top of the page, and click on 1903 May 2019 Update (19H1). If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server.

Deploying A Windows 10 1903 May 2019 Update (19H1) Reference Image with MDT
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Current Known Issue: With the Windows 10 1903 ADK on 64-bit, the Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) will fail to generate a catalogue. Microsoft has issued a fix which you can download here. The fix contains two updated files, ImageCat.exe and ImgMgr.exe which need to be copied to the location the ADK is installed. By default the location is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\WSIM. After installation you will still not be able to access the WSIM through MDT, but launching WSIM manually and then opening the install.

Building A Windows 10 1903 May 2019 Update (19H1) Reference Image with MDT
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Current Known Issue: With the Windows 10 1903 ADK on 64-bit, the Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) will fail to generate a catalogue. Microsoft has issued a fix which you can download here. The fix contains two updated files, ImageCat.exe and ImgMgr.exe which need to be copied to the location the ADK is installed. By default the location is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\WSIM. After installation you will still not be able to access the WSIM through MDT, but launching WSIM manually and then opening the install.

Automated WSUS Maintenance Utility - Update v1.7
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Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery, PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. I’ve released a major update to my Automated WSUS Maintenance utility. If you are using a previous version, please update to this new one. Fixed in version 1.7: The script will now not run the clean-up process twice. The script will now report if the service isn’t running before starting. My original post with the full documentation is available here.

Network Device Status Monitor - Update v1.1
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Download it from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. I’ve released a minor update to my Network Device Status Monitor utility. New in 1.1: Updated the style of the web page with a cleaner look. Added CSS animations for online devices. The CSS animations do not display when the utility is in ‘report’ mode. This is configured by omitting the -refresh switch, as I assume that this configuration is used to email the HTML report page rather than monitor continuously.

Windows Server Status Monitor - Update v1.6
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Download it from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. I’ve released a minor update to my Windows Server Status Monitor utility. New in 1.6: Updated the style of the web page with a cleaner look. Added CSS animations for online devices. The CSS animations do not display when the utility is in ‘report’ mode. This is configured by omitting the -refresh switch, as I assume that this configuration is used to email the HTML report page rather than monitor continuously.