Virtual Machine Backup for Hyper-V

In a previous post I wrote about my Hyper-V backup script, powered by PowerShell. This post will serve as a change log and documentation page, as my previous post was more about how the script is written as a reference. My Hyper-V backup script is also available to download from the TechNet Gallery. When run … Continue reading Virtual Machine Backup for Hyper-V

Delving into disabling OneDrive

Disabling OneDrive for Windows 10 (and previous versions for that matter) is a relatively easy task to accomplish, but if you're doing some profile customisation and setting the "CopyProfile" option in the Unattend.xml then you'll need to do some extra work to make sure that it's disabled, and hidden as expected. The first thing to … Continue reading Delving into disabling OneDrive

Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

In a previous post I wrote about my Image Factory for MDT, powered by Hyper-V and PowerShell. This post will serve as a change log and documentation page, as my previous post was more about how the script is written as a reference.   My Image Factory script is also available to download from the … Continue reading Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

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

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

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

Customising the Start Menu and Taskbar with Windows 10 1607/1703

This week I've gone pretty deep down the rabbit hole of automating the Start Menu and Taskbar layouts during an MDT Task Sequence. Update 02/05/2017: This also works with Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) As every device I'm deploying will have the same customisation I wanted to automate it during the build or deploy Task Sequence, … Continue reading Customising the Start Menu and Taskbar with Windows 10 1607/1703

Deploying a Windows 10 1607 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443

Continuing on from my previous post (Building a Windows 10 1607 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443) I'll be continuing my series of deploying Windows 10 1607 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit build 8443. In this post we'll be building a task sequence to deploy the reference image created previously and we'll also be tackling … Continue reading Deploying a Windows 10 1607 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443

Building a Windows 10 1607 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443

Following on from my previous post (Getting Started With Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443 and Windows 10 1607), I'll be continuing my series of deploying Windows 10 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Update 02/05/2017: Please note that this post is also relevant to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with a few minor changes, which I've posted about here. In … Continue reading Building a Windows 10 1607 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443