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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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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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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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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Properly secure and document group policies

It’s been some time since I started working on the first basic version of the script in August 2014, and posted about it on CONET’s blog. This first version came to just 6 lines of code without the header. Since then a lot has happened and the script has grown in the TechNet Gallery. Time for a new article about the script and its function.

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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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