Walkthrough
Build and Capture Windows 11 21H2 Reference Image
· ☕ 9 min read
News and Updates Currently a Build and Capture Task Sequence doesn’t seem possible, as Sysprep breaks. This looks to be an issue with MDT whihc will require an update to properly support Windows 11. An important update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released. This update fixes a boot loop issue. Download the update here. There is no x86 version of Windows 11

Deploy Windows 10 21H1 Reference Image
· ☕ 14 min read
News and Updates An update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released: This update fixes a boot loop issue. Details on how to install it are on Michael Niehaus' blog post here. and you can download the fix here. Installation instructions will also be in the walkthrough below. NOTE: If you have existing shares you will need to copy the files from the extracted update to %DeployRoot%\Tools and overwrite the existing files in all shares.

Build and Capture Windows 10 21H1 Reference Image
· ☕ 10 min read
News and Updates An update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released: This update fixes a boot loop issue. Details on how to install it are on Michael Niehaus' blog post here. and you can download the fix here. Installation instructions will also be in the walkthrough below. NOTE: If you have existing shares you will need to copy the files from the extracted update to %DeployRoot%\Tools and overwrite the existing files in all shares.

Disable Network Discovery in Windows 10
· ☕ 4 min read
Fully disabling Network Discovery in Windows 10 using Group Policy To properly disable Network Discovery in Windows 10 in a way that the user cannot easily re-enable we must create some firewall rules and prevent some services from running on start-up. We can do both things using Group Policy. Firewall Rules Create a new Group Policy or use an existing one that takes effect on computer objects. Go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

Start Menu and Taskbar Customisation
· ☕ 3 min read
It’s been a long while since I last posted about how to customise the Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar for new users when deploying images, so it’s time to fix that! The first thing we need to do is setup what we want our Start Menu to look like and export it. Log on to a Windows 10 machine that has all of the software you want to be pinned on the Start Menu layout and customise the Start Menu as you want it.

Prevent Teams From Starting Automatically With No User Login
· ☕ 1 min read
If you are deploying Microsoft Teams but don’t want it to start on login, or force users to login to disable the auto start then you can do it after installation of Teams simply by editing a file. The file is located in the install location of the Teams installer, by default is it here: 1 %programfiles% (x86)\Teams Installer\setup.json The contents of the file should be as follows:

Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Reference Image
· ☕ 14 min read
News and Updates An update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released: This update fixes a boot loop issue. Details on how to install it are on Michael Niehaus' blog post here. and you can download the fix here. Installation instructions will also be in the walkthrough below. NOTE: If you have existing shares you will need to copy the files from the extracted update to %DeployRoot%\Tools and overwrite the existing files in all shares.

Build and Capture Windows 10 20H2 Reference Image
· ☕ 10 min read
News and Updates An update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released: This update fixes a boot loop issue. Details on how to install it are on Michael Niehaus' blog post here. and you can download the fix here. Installation instructions will also be in the walkthrough below. NOTE: If you have existing shares you will need to copy the files from the extracted update to %DeployRoot%\Tools and overwrite the existing files in all shares.

Deploy Windows 10 2004 (20H1) Reference Image
· ☕ 14 min read
News and Updates An essential update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released: This update fixes two issues around booting. Details on how to install it are on Michael Niehaus' blog post here. and you can download the fix here. I will add installation instructions in the walkthrough below. NOTE: If you have existing shares you will need to copy the files from the extracted update to %DeployRoot%\Tools and overwrite the existing files in all shares.

Build and Capture Windows 10 2004 (20H1) Reference Image
· ☕ 10 min read
News and Updates An essential update for Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT_KB4564442) has been released: This update fixes two issues around booting. Details on how to install it are on Michael Niehaus' blog post here. and you can download the fix here. I will add installation instructions in the walkthrough below. NOTE: If you have existing shares you will need to copy the files from the extracted update to %DeployRoot%\Tools and overwrite the existing files in all shares.

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 for the Enthusiast, Home or Small Business
· ☕ 1 min read
I have recently published a video walkthrough covering how to use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to create customised standalone install image of Windows 10. It is directed towards enthusiasts, IT professional’s for small businesses, or anyone who wants to create custom images and doesn’t have access to volume licensing, an Active Directory domain, or a lot of server infrastructure. If you are familiar with my previous articles on MDT then this follows a similar method; except its focused on Windows 10 Home and Professional editions, using the Media Creation Tool to obtain Windows 10, customising the image and then creating an ISO to deploy Windows 10 standalone with additional software.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for the Enthusiast, Home or Small Business
· ☕ 10 min read
This article is directed towards enthusiasts, IT professional’s for small businesses, or anyone who wants to create custom images and doesn’t have volume licensing, an Active Directory domain, or a lot of server infrastructure. I have also recently published a video walkthrough covering this to my YouTube channel. I hope this article is useful to you, if it is please consider supporting my work by checking out my Patreon, or by donating with PayPal, or Ko-fi.