PowerShell: Log Manager

In my environment, I need to keep an archive of some log files for a period of time, whereas other logs are not so critical, and some applications generate logs which are already compressed into ZIP files daily. So I have all these different requirements for logs. I don't want them filling up my server … Continue reading PowerShell: Log Manager

PowerShell: 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 PowerShell: Virtual Machine Backup for Hyper-V

Delving into disabling OneDrive

UPDATE 11/07/2017: After testing the method below on Windows 10 1703, I found that it wasn't working as it did with 1607. To disable One Drive and remove the One Drive folder from the Navigation Pane of Windows Explorer, enable the group policy item: Computer Configuration/Policies/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/OneDrive/Prevent Usage of OneDrive for file storage and … Continue reading Delving into disabling OneDrive

PowerShell: 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 TechNet … Continue reading PowerShell: Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

PowerShell: Removing UWP apps from Windows 10 1607/1703

Update 03/08/2017: I've re-written much of this post to answer some questions that have come up and to help clarify the process. Thanks to Jörgen Nilsson over at ccmexec.com, with his original post that inspired me to write this one. When deploying Windows 10 1607/1703 you might want to remove some of the included UWP apps … 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

UPDATE: This post is old and intended as a walk through on how my original script was put together for those wishing to learn PowerShell. For the finished, up-to-date script please check out this post and you can download the script from my TechNet profile. Recently I've been looking into automating my image build process … 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