Windows Client and Server in 2018

In a couple of weeks the next update to Windows 10 – Redstone 4, 1803, the Spring Creators Update will be released and later this year Redstone 5, 1809 will be come out, all being well. This continues the pace set last year and the semi-annual release cycle that Microsoft have put into place. For…

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility (Update Version 4.1)

Get it from the PowerShell Gallery or TechNet Gallery Today I’ve released an update to my Hyper-V Backup Utility PowerShell script. Version 4.1 adds zip file creation and the ability to keep a history of Virtual Machine backups. These new features are included along with the ability to backup Virtual Machines using the built-in Hyper-V…

PowerShell: Control and Automate the Licensing of Office 365 Users

If you are familiar with my other PowerShell scripts this isn’t as complete or polished as them, but it get’s the job done, and that’s all we can really ask for right? Let’s say it’s in early beta. The purpose of this script is to automate the process of setting the location and Office 365…

Upgrading/Installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Build 8450

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit build 8450 is out. You can read more about it here over on the MS Deployment Blog. Installing & Configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Dependencies. Here are the links the software we’ll be using: Windows 10 1703 Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (8450) First we’ll install the Windows 10…

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…

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…

PowerShell: Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility (Version 4.2)

In a previous post I wrote about the first version of my Hyper-V backup PowerShell script. This post will serve as a change log and documentation page, as the previous post was more about how the script is written as a reference for those wanting to learn PowerShell. My Hyper-V Backup Utility PowerShell script can be…

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…

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…