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Automated WSUS Maintenance Utility - Update v1.7
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery, PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. I’ve released a major update to my Automated WSUS Maintenance utility. If you are using a previous version, please update to this new one. Fixed in version 1.7: The script will now not run the clean-up process twice. The script will now report if the service isn’t running before starting. My original post with the full documentation is available here.

Network Device Status Monitor - Update v1.1
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. I’ve released a minor update to my Network Device Status Monitor utility. New in 1.1: Updated the style of the web page with a cleaner look. Added CSS animations for online devices. The CSS animations do not display when the utility is in ‘report’ mode. This is configured by omitting the -refresh switch, as I assume that this configuration is used to email the HTML report page rather than monitor continuously.

Windows Server Status Monitor - Update v1.6
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and the PowerShell Gallery. I’ve released a minor update to my Windows Server Status Monitor utility. New in 1.6: Updated the style of the web page with a cleaner look. Added CSS animations for online devices. The CSS animations do not display when the utility is in ‘report’ mode. This is configured by omitting the -refresh switch, as I assume that this configuration is used to email the HTML report page rather than monitor continuously.

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.

Deploying A Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 13 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. Continuing from a previous post: Building A Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT, this post will walk through creating a Deployment Share to deploy the Windows 10 reference image. It is assumed that you have a Server or PC with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and it’s dependencies installed and have been through the post previously mentioned.

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.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Backup Utility - Update v4.3
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. Today I’ve released an update to my Hyper-V Backup Utility. In version 4.3 I’ve added the ability to specify the Hyper-V Virtual Machines you wish to backup using a TXT file. I’ve also improved some of the commenting and cleaned up some of the code. Whether you are running Hyper-V on a Windows 10 desktop or a Windows Server 2016 cluster, this utility can be used to backup your virtual machines.

Network Device Status Monitor v2.0
· ☕ 5 min read
With this utility I set out to generate a status report of network attached devices from a CSV file. This utility is very similar to my Windows Server Status Monitor PowerShell Utility, except the functionality is limited to ping responses and so is ideal for both Windows based and non-Windows devices. This utility is available to download from GitHub, the Microsoft TechNet Gallery and PowerShell Gallery. If you’d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server.

Windows Server Status Monitor - Update v1.5
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. 23/02/2019 Update: Version 1.6 has now been released, you can check out the new features on the announcement post here. I’ve released an update to my Windows Server Status Monitor utility. In version 1.5 there are two new features: A light theme for the report page. An option to export the monitoring data to a CSV file. Whether you only have a few servers or a hundred, this utility can be used to monitor them and alert you about problems.

Windows Server Status Monitor - Update v1.4
· ☕ 1 min read
Download it from the Microsoft TechNet Gallery the PowerShell Gallery and GitHub. 2019-02-23 Update: Version 1.6 has now been released, you can check out the new features on the announcement post here. Today I’ve released an update to my Windows Server Status Monitor PowerShell script. Version 1.4 brings a few updates: Offline servers will always be at the top of the page. Servers are sorted alphabetically, regardless of what order they are specified in the TXT file.

Deploying A Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT
· ☕ 13 min read
Continuing from a previous post: Building A Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT, this post will walk through creating a Deployment Share to deploy the Windows 10 reference image. It is assumed that you have a Server or PC with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and it’s dependencies installed and have been through the post previously mentioned. Creating the Deployment Share Open the Deployment Workbench from the Start Menu.

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 Additional software which may be useful to you:

Installing and Configuring Windows Deployment Services for PXE Booting with Windows Server 2016
· ☕ 8 min read
Windows Deployment Services can not be installed on Windows Server Core unfortunately - it still requires a Windows Server install with a GUI (Desktop Experience). Luckily we can still install it using PowerShell and the command line. In this post I’ll go through the initial steps on how to deploy and configure a WDS server using command line and PowerShell. 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.