Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:50

Image Factory for VMware Workstation

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There are many reasons why an organization would spend a lot of time on image creation and maintenance. Often, it’s due to the lack of a standardized image engineering methodology. Whatever the cause, the experience of manually creating Windows images quickly deteriorates and becomes a time-consuming and difficult to manage organizational nightmare. However, using free Microsoft deployment tools and PowerShell you can greatly simplify the task of building and maintaining Windows images.

Monday, 19 February 2018 11:01

Automating Multi-node Tableau Server Environment

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After a few weeks off, I am delighted to announce that I have returned full time, once again delivering somewhat IT related blog posts, while neatly segueing in thirty-six thousand links to older articles at the same time, in the hope of gaining a few more hits for the internet's least widely-read IT blog.

Monday, 28 August 2017 18:50

Create CustomSettings.ini Using PowerShell

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A couple of days ago, I posted a blog post detailing how to add language packs to MDT using PowerShell. In today's blog post I am going to build up on that and showcase how I use PowerShell to automatically generate a tasksequence specific CustomSettings_%TaskSequenceID%.ini containing the rules required to create a simple and dynamic deployment process. This includes configuring commonly used rules and also injecting language pack GUIDs.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 06:50

Add Language Packs to MDT Using PowerShell

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In order to deploy Windows 10 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit in a multi language environment successfully, you probably have to work with language packs. In today’s blog I will discuss the approach that I use to import language packs and features on demand packages in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit using PowerShell.

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In order to deploy Windows 10 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit successfully, you need to keep drivers for the actual operating system up to date. In today’s blog I will discuss the approach that I use to import and update Out-Of-Box drivers in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit using PowerShell.

If you are used to designing deployment solutions for big customers, driver management sometimes becomes a very time consuming task. Additionally, in the time where everything happens so rapidly: we are now seeing Windows Insider Preview every other week, we have production releases of Windows 10 twice a year and every now and then there are new hardware models being adding to the lineup. The fast cadence of Windows feature updates means that you need to keep your driver repository up-to-date which can become a daunting and actually a pretty boring task. The good news is that you can simplify your Out-of-Box drivers management by leveraging Microsoft Deployment Toolkit's PowerShell module meaning you can import or update all of the drivers that will be needed into your MDT Deployment Workbench in a fingersnap.

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