Active Directory
Get Started with Windows Update for Business (WUfB)
· ☕ 6 min read
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 loose some control, but the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. As I always say, it does depend on your infrastructure and environment though.

Video Walkthrough: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Deploying Windows 10
· ☕ 1 min read
I’ve made a video walkthrough covering installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and deploying Windows 10. The video follows my previous posts on the subject, but I’ve added some additional useful information to cover silent application installation and I also touch on driver management. I intend to write a post that covers the same subjects as this video, just to bring all the information together in written form. If you find the video useful I would very much appreciate it being shared around, and don’t forget to like ect.

Deploying A Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 15 min read
2019-11-12: Microsoft have confirmed on Twitter that there will be no updated ADK for Windows 10 1909, so keep using ADK 1903 with the fix as noted below. 2019-10-05: At the time of writing there is no ADK for Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2), so I’ve tested this walkthrough using the ADK for Windows 10 1903 with the hotfix for Windows System Image Manager. I’ll keep these pages up to date when Windows 10 1909 is officially released.

Building A Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 11 min read
2019-11-12: Microsoft have confirmed on Twitter that there will be no updated ADK for Windows 10 1909, so keep using ADK 1903 with the fix as noted below. 2019-10-05: At the time of writing there is no ADK for Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update (19H2), so I’ve tested this walkthrough using the ADK for Windows 10 1903 with the hotfix for Windows System Image Manager. I’ll keep these pages up to date when Windows 10 1909 is officially released.

Managing Windows Updates with Group Policy
· ☕ 12 min read
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, and then group each of those groups into Ring 1 and Ring 2. If you want, you can create more rings for more control, but generally I find two rings are sufficient.

Building A Windows 10 1903 May 2019 Update (19H1) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 11 min read
Current Known Issue: With the Windows 10 1903 ADK on 64-bit, the Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) will fail to generate a catalogue. Microsoft has issued a fix which you can download here. The fix contains two updated files, ImageCat.exe and ImgMgr.exe which need to be copied to the location the ADK is installed. By default the location is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\WSIM. After installation you will still not be able to access the WSIM through MDT, but launching WSIM manually and then opening the install.

Automated Office 365 Licensing v1.1
· ☕ 4 min read
Update 2019-06-16 I recently learned that Office 365 licensing can be managed via Azure Active Directory’s group based licensing feature and I have since switched to using this and have retired this script. I’ll leave this post and the script itself available here, on the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and GitHub, but I’ll not be developing the script any further. For more information on Azure Active Directory group-based licensing please check out Microsoft’s documentation here and here to start with.

Building A Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 10 min read
Update 2018-11-13: Microsoft has resumed the rollout of Windows 10 1809, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809. The ISO’s are now available to download from the Volume Licensing Service Center once again. This post will walk through installing and configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to build a reference image of Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) using a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. It is assumed that you have a Server or PC ready to install MDT onto and create an file share for MDT to build the image with.

Building A Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 10 min read
This post will walk through installing and configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to build a reference image of Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) using a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. It is assumed that you have a Server or PC ready to install MDT onto and create an file share for MDT to build the image with. Here are the links to the software we’ll be using: Windows 10 1803 Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (8450) Windows 10 1803 x64 Volume Licensing Service Center | MSDN Subscriptions site Additional software which may be useful to you:

Installing and Configuring Domain Controllers with Windows Server 2016 Core
· ☕ 6 min read
Windows Server Core is an ideal choice for Active Directory Domain Controllers due to it’s low resource usage and greatly reduced attack surface. In this post I’ll go through the initial steps on how to deploy a new Active Directory forest and add an additional Domain Controller to the domain, and finally I’ll run some basic checks on the health of the domain after installation. Important note: If you need the to boot Windows Server 2016 ISO from a USB flash drive, use the Windows USB/DVD Tool available to download direct from Microsoft.

Control and Automate the Licensing of Office 365 Users
· ☕ 5 min read
Update 2018-11-04: I’ve evolved the script in this post into a more friendly utility which I’ve posted about here. If you are familiar with my other PowerShell scripts/utilities 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 license for users, using a local Active Directory to specify the users.

Bulk Create Active Directory Users v1.6
· ☕ 4 min read
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. This utility is available to download from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and GitHub. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server. Please consider donating to support my work:

Upgrading to Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
· ☕ 8 min read
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. The Windows upgrade process has come along way in recent years, so in certain circumstances it may be worth while running an upgrade, rather than a wipe-and-load.