Network installation with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Part 1: Guidelines, preparation and setup

Editorial

For many smaller companies and organizations, operating system deployment is always a small to medium problem. Some use the pre-installed operating system, some install by hand, others clone the hard drives and a few use other tools. There are many methods and reasons. I compare the different methods and a few tools in the article “Possibilities of computer installations for companies“.

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Microsoft identified a critical vulnerability and closed it via the Microsoft Store

I have already addressed the question of the correct handling of the Microsoft Store several times, for example in the article “Windows 10 and the Microsoft Store“. Now it is all more important that the IT departments deal with the topic again.

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Changes in Windows 10 Insider and Office channels

The Windows 10 Insider and Office Insider programs are again subject to changes. On Windows, rings will become channels, so it will be adapted to the Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser. This will also be the case for Microsoft teams. Microsoft Office already had channels, but the names and some other details will change.

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Implement Microsoft Connected Cache with SCCM

At Ignite 2019, Microsoft announced the Connected Cache (previously known as Delivery Optimization In-Network Cache (DOINC)). I’ll take a closer look at it now. But what do you really need it for?

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Speaking at the Global Azure Bootcamp 2020 Virtual – Cologne

II am pleased to be speaking at the Global Azure Bootcamp 2020 Virtual – Cologne. Actually it was planned as a normal event, but due to COVID-19 it has now become an online event.

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Changes in the LifeCycle of Microsoft products due to Corona

Changes in the life cycle of Microsoft products due to Corona / COVID-19.

Microsoft is extending the current lifecycle for some products to relieve the burden on IT departments. I took this opportunity to update the LifeCycle Diagrams from the articles “Microsoft Lifecycle Diagrams” and “Other Lifecycle Diagrams” from last year.
This time I translated them directly into English.

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Update, maintain and use Windows Image Files (WIM)

Since I’m very busy with deployment and rollouts, I thought I’d write a few basic articles that I could refer to. This sometimes saves you some time in workshops for the more interesting things or gives administrators incentives to automate things.

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End of the Windows 7 Life-Cycle – Migration approaches from the field

Soon it is time, for Windows 7 the extended support ends on 14.01.2020. As with every end of operating system support the end comes “completely surprising”, okay, not really. At the beginning everything looks so far in the future, it is still x years time. But in the end, the problems appear.

I already saw this at the “surprising” end of XP. But there are also cases where migration is not so easy. Special problem areas can be interfaces to special Hardware. For instance, measuring workstations or production control systems. If a measuring instrument with current Windows 10 support directly costs a few tens of thousands of Euros, then you consider the investment.

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The possibilities of computer installations for businesses

This article discusses the different methods of computer installations for businesses. In technical terminology also called rollouts or deployments. Typically, such a concept is created when a large number of computer installations are required. Here are a few examples where it can be useful to rethink the previous way of working:

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End User Computing MeetUp – Bonn / Koblenz Area (Germany)

For a long time, I have been planning a MeetUp on the topic of End User Computing, which I am starting to organize and regularly offering now. Many can’t imagine much about End-User Computing (EuC), in general, it’s about working on the end device, i.e. the computer, tablet, mobile phone and Co.

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