Get Started with Windows Update for Business (WUfB)

You may have seen the option to use Windows Update for Business and wondering what it brings to the table when compared to WSUS and SCCM. Windows Update for Business (WUfB) is a good way of simplifying and automating the deployment of Windows Updates without using any on-premises infrastructure. The downside is that you do... Continue Reading →

Quick PoSH: User Logon Auditing

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,... Continue Reading →

Managing Windows Updates with Group Policy

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,... Continue Reading →

Windows 10 1903/1909 (19H1/19H2) Changes, Tips and Tricks

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... Continue Reading →

Installing and Configuring Windows Server Update Services with Windows Server 2016 Core

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) can use a lot of resources, so why not use Windows Server Core and make the most of the resources you have. In this post I'll go through the initial steps on how to deploy and configure a WSUS server using command line and PowerShell. Important note: If you need... Continue Reading →

Upgrading to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with WSUS

As Windows is now delivered 'as-a-service' with major updates being released biannually, you may want to push out these major updates using WSUS. In previous posts I've covered deploying Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) as a clean install with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and also how to perform an upgrade to Windows 10 1703 using MDT. In... Continue Reading →

Delving Into Disabling OneDrive

UPDATE 2017-11-07: 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 →

Customising the Start Menu and Taskbar with Windows 10 all versions incl. 1903/1909

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 2017-05-02: 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 →

Windows 10 1607 (Anniversary Update) opens msn.com at login and how to stop it.

I thought about trying to find a better name for this post and this issue, but this is all I could come up with. Update 2017-10-16: A few people have contacted me and made me aware that doing the reg hack below can prevent users from using Microsoft Office Clipart, so you should be aware... Continue Reading →

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