windows 8

SCCM – Updated E-book SCCM Administration v3

4.4 09 Hi All, my updated SCCM e-book has finally been released. It took some time to write up and test. With 130 pages divided in 37 chapters, you’ll find lots of good info about starting with SCCM. And it is free… In this version, I removed Linux related topics, Updated Windows 10 to 1709, added sections for Cloud Management Gateway (CMG), Windows 10 Express updates, SCCM Data warehouse, Office 365 Installer, Windows 10 Update Readiness, Pending Reboot, updated some other section for SCCM 1710 and updated/added some powershell scripts To download, click here. let me know if you have any feedback

W10-Customizing Lock Screen

5.0 02 Hi All, With windows 10, actually, since Windows 8, Microsoft changed the way you could change the Lock screen (or logon screen for some). Today, you can do it via computer GPO(Administrative Template -> Control -> Personalization -> Force a specific default lock screen image). As you can imagine, you need to have the same screen resolution on your environment or you cannot use this setting properly, or you may have many GPO’s, one for each screen resolution that you can get and have WMI filter. As you can imagine, this is probably the worst option as it will be difficult to manage. Anyway, I have created a PowerShell script (below) that will help you. This PowerShell will check the current resolution and copy the correct wallpaper to the correct folder (where the user has rights to write/modify) on each logon. So you always have the latest version…

Disable First Logon Animation in Windows 8.1 (SCCM 2012 & MDT) @Heinrich_Pelser

5.0 06 Players, I thought I’d share this simple little tip to disable that annoying “Hi” screen when you login for the first time after a fresh build. You know this screen …  I created a registry key to disable the animation when you first login and added it to my task sequence as a package. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “EnableFirstLogonAnimation”=dword:00000000 The command line that I used was a follows … regedit.exe /S Disable_First_Run_Animation.reg And if you want to disable this via GPO – you can change these settings to disable the message once you’re on the domain: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Show first sign-in animation Enjoy. H  

Event – People Centric IT

5.0 01 Hi All, I know that has been a while since the last post, a bit more than 1 month to be exactly. During this time, i have been busy creating and delivering couple of presentations (Birmingham and Reading) as well as creating content for this site (a blog post about this will happen soon :)).. Birmingham i presented 4 sessions, (yes, i think people had too much of me that day) and Reading only 1…but was recorded, so once online i’ll post the link for you that missed. anyway, here you can download my presentations: BYOD & CYOD MDM with SCCM & Intune OSD And for those at the locations, send me an email (raphael AT rflsystems DOT co DOT uk) and you’ll be entering in a draw to win a copy of my e-book

Windows 8.1 Update 1. Top 10 things you need to know

5.0 04 A moment of silence please. Windows XP is dead. Please pull a sad face … Anyway, Windows 8.1 Update 1 is here! So, here is my top 10 things you need to know, about the new update. 1. Its free. For Windows 8.1 users, you can download it from here 2. Booting to the desktop (its not new) is now easier! If you are using a PC without a touch screen you can now boot to your desktop by default! Finally right? But if you have touch screen what then? Well Microsoft now makes it easier (somewhat) to boot straight to your desktop via the Taskbar and Navigation properties. (Right click on your taskbar and select properties) 3. The Power and Search buttons are finally visible! Like many others, it took me a while to get to grips with where to find things at first, mainly … how…

SCCM 2012 – Cutomizing Windows lock screen

5.0 01 Hi All, today i’ll talk about how to customize the Windows Lock Screen as well as the user/guest picture via OS Deployment (read as Task Sequence) it is really easy. the way i do is always copy the files i need to have on the client machine after the apply os and before the setup windows using robocopy. if you want to know how to do this, check my post about robocopy and task sequence here anyway, the problem is simple, which file and copy where… there are 4 files responsible for the user picture as well as picture. yes, that picture you see when you log on to a machine while typing your username/password. These files (user.bmp, user.png, guest.bmp and guest.png) should be put under c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures See here for more information Now that you customized the icon, this is what you’ll see when trying to…

Branch Office Direct Printing

0.0 00 Issue: Print jobs taking too long to get to the printer. Branch offices were experiencing small delays between hitting print and the printer actually getting the job Diagnostic: All the traffic is going through the WAN as printers are configured through policies. Solution: As we use Windows 8 and Server 2012, we identified the “Branch Office Direct Printing” which is a functionality in Server 2012 would resolve our issue, as it captures the ports and send the print job directly to the printer is the printer is local, instead of going through the print server. Result: Faster printing on branch offices and reduced WAN utilization. More on Branch Office Direct Printing

SCCM 2012 Easy Naming Convention

5.0 01 Hello, A while ago I was on a project that needed to quickly adopt a simple and easy naming convention for new builds that the desktop support teams could build in bulk without having to manually enter in a computer name before each build. Now normally you’d use the OSDCOMPUTERNAME variable (manual) or you’d prestage the devices you want to build in SCCM with a name and a MAC address. But instead I used the serial number of hardware, as its almost guaranteed to be unique on each device. Here is how to easily set this up in your task sequence. We decided to use an acronym as part of the name, eg: TDT12345  (where “TDT” is The Desktop Team and “12345” is the serial number) Next you need to add in 3 steps to your task sequence, they need to added in after the Apply OS section and before the Apply…

SCCM 2012 R2 & MDT 2013 – Unattend.xml

0.0 00 Hi All, Customizing Unattend.xml is always fun, including when things does not work as expected and how to troubleshoot this when things are not going as planned? the way i find is simple…copy the xml file to a temp folder after changes to it happen, and i do this manually… 1- after the configure step and before the setup and configure windows, add a pause on your task sequence (i’ll be posting how to do it on a later post) 2-copy the file from c:\windows\panther\unattended\unattended.xml to c:\temp\phase1.xml 3- continue your task sequence and the setup and configure windows will happen… 4- once the restart countdown start copy the same file again to c:\temp\phase2.xml now it is time to leave the installation to happen and your task sequence to finish and troubleshoot your xml files… couple of problems i already found when customizing the xml: 1- order of the…

SCCM 2012 R2 and MDT 2013

5.0 01 Hi All, today i started testing the SCCM 2012 R2 and MDT 2013 integration and for my surprise, the Task Sequence i created (and modified) was failing with the following error: Set command line: “OSDApplyOS.exe” /image:PS100007,1 “/config:PS10000B,unattend.xml” /target:%OSDisk% The /target parameter specifies an invalid target location. Failed to run the action: Apply Operating System Image. The parameter is incorrect. (Error: 80070057; Source: Windows) at the 1st, i though that was something wrong with my image and just to be sure, did a DP update but it was not… looking at the internet I found Johan similar issue on MDT 2012 RC ( and because this, I went back to my TS and started validating the format steps… for my surprise, the MDT format step for UFDI (Format and Partition Disk (UEFI)) that i copied from the MDT TS itself had the OSDisk (Primary) a variable called OSDTemporaryDrive instead of OSDisk….