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Deploying A Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2) Reference Image with MDT
· β˜• 15 min read
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
· β˜• 11 min read
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
· β˜• 4 min read
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
· β˜• 1 min read
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.
· β˜• 1 min read
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.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility - Update v4.4
· β˜• 1 min read
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
· β˜• 4 min read
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
· β˜• 3 min read
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
· β˜• 1 min read
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
· β˜• 14 min read
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.