PowerShell: Image and Task Sequence Testing for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

In a previous post I wrote about my Image Factory PowerShell script for MDT. This post is about a script derived from that which I setup to test my images and my deployment task sequences. Since this script is only an edit of the previous one I don't intend to release it "officially" on the … Continue reading PowerShell: Image and Task Sequence Testing for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V

PowerShell: Full Backup of Hyper-V Virtual Machines (Update 4.0)

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 can be downloaded from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. … Continue reading PowerShell: Full Backup of Hyper-V Virtual Machines (Update 4.0)

PowerShell: Create Active Directory Users In Bulk (Update 1.5)

For years I've had a AD user import VBS script as part of my toolkit, I thought it was about time to update it to PowerShell as well as add a few new features. My AD User Creation script can be downloaded from the Microsoft TechNet Script Cente. Features and Requirements This script requires the Active Directory … Continue reading PowerShell: Create Active Directory Users In Bulk (Update 1.5)

PowerShell: Automated WSUS Maintenance (Update 1.6)

In a previous post I wrote about some configuration tweaks to improve the performance of your WSUS server. I also included a short PowerShell script to automate the WSUS maintenance process. I've improved the script somewhat since then, adding more configuration options. This post will serve as a change log and documentation page. My WSUS … Continue reading PowerShell: Automated WSUS Maintenance (Update 1.6)

PowerShell: Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V (Update 2.8)

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 Microsoft … Continue reading PowerShell: Image Factory for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Hyper-V (Update 2.8)

PowerShell: Windows Server Status Monitor (Update 1.3)

I wanted to create a script to generate a status report from a list of servers. It needed to highlight any metrics that were outside of a customization threshold visually and be able to e-mail the report or run continuously and be a rudimentary system monitor. Based on a script from Bhavik Solanki (on TechNet) and … Continue reading PowerShell: Windows Server Status Monitor (Update 1.3)

Walkthrough: Upgrading to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

If you're looking to deploy the latest version of Windows 10 1703 (better known as the Creators Update) as a fresh install, please check out this post. This post is designed to walk through installing and configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and to create a Task Sequence to upgrade to Windows 10 1703 from a previous version of Windows. … Continue reading Walkthrough: Upgrading to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Upgrading PowerShell and Windows Remote Management

At the time of writing (18/07/2017) the latest PowerShell available is PowerShell 5.1 which is a part of Windows 10 1607 and Windows Server 2016. To find which version of PowerShell you have, type this command into PowerShell: To upgrade PowerShell, you'll need the latest Windows Remote Management for your version of Windows. You might … Continue reading Upgrading PowerShell and Windows Remote Management

Walkthrough: Building a Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Following on from a previous post which covers some queries and issues I had when first deploying Windows 10 1703 (better known as the Creators Update) this post is designed to walk through installing and configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to build a reference image of Windows 10 1703 using a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. Installing & Configuring Microsoft Deployment … Continue reading Walkthrough: Building a Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

PowerShell: Log Manager/Cleanup (Update 1.7)

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/Cleanup (Update 1.7)