From Zero to 10 – Windows 10 Deployment Round-up

This is a round-up all my previous posts regarding deployment and configuring Windows 10, installing  Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Windows Server Update Services into one post for reference. Installing and Configuring a WSUS Server Installing WSUS from scratch! Resolving WSUS Connection Errors On Windows Server 2012 R2 Installing and Configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Getting Started … Continue reading From Zero to 10 – Windows 10 Deployment Round-up

Walkthrough: Configuring Hyper-V For Support Of Nested Virtual Machines

With Hyper-V it is possible to run VMs inside of VMs without needing to install third-party virtualization software. You might not have the need to run an entire Virtual Machine inside of another, but some upcoming security features of Windows 10 require Hyper-V to be enabled so this could be a way to have those security … Continue reading Walkthrough: Configuring Hyper-V For Support Of Nested Virtual Machines

PowerShell: Full Backup of Hyper-V Virtual Machines (Update 3.7)

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 3.7)

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 2.7)

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 2.7)

Walkthrough: 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 Walkthrough: Upgrading to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with WSUS

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

Walkthrough: Building a Windows Server 2016 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

In a previous post I walked through how to install MDT, it's dependencies, and how to create a reference image to deploy. In this post I'll be doing the same thing but centred around building a Windows Server 2016 image using a Hyper-V virtual machine. Installing & Configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Dependencies. We'll be using Microsoft … Continue reading Walkthrough: Building a Windows Server 2016 Reference Image with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit