Windows 10 Deployment Scenarios Overview

Windows 10 Deployment Scenarios Overview

With the imminent public release of Windows 10 I have been readying my test environments to be able to deploy and test Windows 10. This is a quick overview of the main deployment scenarios supported and some links to the software you will need. Also I’ve included some...
AutoIt Cmdlets for Windows PowerShell

AutoIt Cmdlets for Windows PowerShell

The newest versions of the AutoIt scripting language now come with a bonus for PowerShell users. A set of native PowerShell Cmdlets! This allows you to add the unique features of AutoIt – window manipulation and keystroke simulation – to your usual PowerShell scripts....
WinPE Version List

WinPE Version List

This post contains a WinPE version list including the WinPE versions, the Windows version name, and the numeric Windows version string that it was built from. Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE or WinPE) is a lightweight version of Windows that is...
Mass Redistribute Packages in ConfigMgr 2012

Mass Redistribute Packages in ConfigMgr 2012

Recently I came across an issue with System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2012 where a large number of packages and applications had failed to be distributed to a new Distribution Point (DP). There were many thousands of packages in the environment and a...
Detect an SSD Disk Using a Script

Detect an SSD Disk Using a Script

A common request when creating automated desktop builds or custom maintenance tools is the ability detect if the main system drive is an SSD disk or not. This information can be used to configure a system in a particular way. For example, to run (or not run) certain...
Website Server Rebuild Diary

Website Server Rebuild Diary

Not a usual scripting or deployment post this time – this is a website server rebuild diary. I wanted to make a quick post to document a server rebuild and to log the sort of work that goes into maintaining this and the www.autoitscript.com site. Even small (ish)...
Create a USMT Package in ConfigMgr

Create a USMT Package in ConfigMgr

In System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr)  when performing an Operating System Deployment (OSD) there is usually some form of user data and settings migration. This is often performed using the Microsoft User State Migration Toolkit (USMT). The first...
ConfigMgr 2012 SQL Database Collation

ConfigMgr 2012 SQL Database Collation

I just tried to update my ‘default’ installation of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) 2012 RC1 to RC2. I got a failure at the pre-req check stage stating that my SQL 2008 R2 database was using the wrong collation type and that installation...
MDT and ConfigMgr Build Drivers for Windows 7

MDT and ConfigMgr Build Drivers for Windows 7

When doing Windows 7 builds in either MDT 2010 or ConfigMgr 2007 you have to download and install a selection of drivers that are to be installed in your images. Some drivers are used for the WinPE boot image so that the boot image can access the local harddisk (a...
Setting a UK Keyboard in ConfigMgr 2007 OSD

Setting a UK Keyboard in ConfigMgr 2007 OSD

In the UK, we actually get the US version of Windows 7 and Office 2010, so whenever I do any build engineering in either MDT or ConfigMgr one of the first things I need to customize are the regional settings. In particular the keyboard layout and location. There are...
ConfigMgr 2007 OSD Folder Structure

ConfigMgr 2007 OSD Folder Structure

When configuring ConfigMgr 2007 Operating System Deployment (OSD) there are an endless number of applications, operating system images, operating system install files, drivers, source files, package files, temp files. Everytime I set it up I end up with a different...
App-V Recipe: AutoIt v3

App-V Recipe: AutoIt v3

This blog post will show you how to sequence AutoIt using App-V 4.6 SP1 (the latest version at the time of writing). Now, AutoIt is probably the easiest application to sequence in the world and doesn’t really need a blog post describing how to do it. However, I intend...
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