Deploy Autopilot with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Some questions now, if I was already using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), why should I run Autopilot afterwards? There are several reasons why it can be useful, here are some examples:

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Heading to Microsoft Ignite

For a while, it was a bit quieter here in the blog. Last weeks I was a bit busy with Infrastructureheroes.org. Infrastrukturhelden.de also profited from that. This page was also improved, but all links should work. If you find something that doesn’t work, please let me know. The first translations are now coming online in Infrastructureheroes. As you see, I try to publish a new article directly in both languages.

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List of different Group Policy Templates (Updated)

Active Directory Group Policy Object (GPO) is one of my core topics. I have a lot to do with it in various projects and as a Microsoft trainer. I have collected some templates and links. This link collection should make your search a little easier. Only templates of the vendors or of the projects are listed here. I have consciously avoided third-party policies.

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Administrative templates in Intune – incl. list

In January 2019 I reported about the preview of the administrative templates in Intune. Now it’s time to see what happened. Meanwhile, the function is no longer in the preview phase and it has grown too.

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GUID List of Group Policy Client Extensions

Microsoft uses GUIDs in the error messages for the GPO Client Side Extension (CSE). If you have to analyze group policies regularly and find the errors, you might want to have a list. Since it works the same way for me, I started to collect. Here is my current status, I hope it helps you.

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Key Management Service (KMS) Client Serial Numbers [Updated 2019]

Wichtiger Hinweis

The KMS Client serial numbers help you only if you have a KMS Server or use Active Directory based activation. Read more about KMS in our article KMS Overview. This may not yet be translated.

Looking for regular serial numbers for Windows 10, Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 2016? The affiliate links will lead you to Amazon 😉

Update: Now with Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Office 2016
Update 2: Now with Windows 10 LTSB 2019, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server SAC, Office 2019

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Sending files from a directory by mail with the Power Shell

Today there is again a small article according to the motto “If that doesn’t work, then I’ll do it with the Power Shell”. Often there is the request to send individual files from a folder by mail. I have such a case and decided to share it with you.

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Unattended Installation of Software – Lookup

In March 2019, I published the first article about unattended installation of software. This article also contains instructions or commands on how to install some programs unattended. Since this article enjoys some popularity, and I was asked for more examples, there is now a “lookup”.

Some of the installations are not very challenging, but I mentioned the software anyway because it is free of charge. I also use all programs on my own systems, even if not on everyone.

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Strategies for Windows as a Service – A Process-Oriented Perspective

I am often asked about the right strategy for “Windows as a Service”. But is there the right way? The short answer is no. It depends as so often on the circumstances, the requirements of the customer and the other customer-specific circumstances. In this article, I would like to point out different ways to the subject of Windows as a Service (WaaS). You will also get tips on what to consider when searching for your way.

What is important is that Windows as a Service is not a project, it is a process. And the challenge is to develop the process for your company in such a way that it works performant but covers all contingencies. This doesn’t just include the question if you want to skip releases.

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Windows as a Service (WaaS) – Technical Solutions

There are many strategies, approaches and opinions about Windows as a Service. Today I would like to take a closer look at the possibilities. There is the classical and the modern approach, which one can go. But sometimes you still have to use parts of the classical methods.

Let’s take a look at how an operating system migration was carried out in the past. For us, the most important thing is the successful creation of the client build, not the subsequent deployment.

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