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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New for Autopilot with Windows 10 1903 (Updated)

With every new release of Windows 10, there are also new features in the area of Microsoft Autopilot. If you don’t know what Autopilot is, I recommend the article “What is Microsoft Autopilot“. Today we’re talking about new features that are possible with Windows 10 1903. As always with autopilot, this also requires an up-to-date Intune instance.

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Ignite day 2 – Modern Management recap

Today was day 2 of the Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. Today I was in the focus in sessions about modern management on the move. That means, for example, Microsoft Intune, but especially the newly announced function of the “Microsoft Endpoint Manager”.

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Choosing the correct Windows 10 Edition

Choosing the right edition of Windows 10 can sometimes be harder than you think for companies. For most companies, the cost versus functionality is a consideration. But which versions are there? More than one actually thinks:

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Unattended installation of software

Unattended software installation is standard in many environments. But how does it work? With an MSI it’s easy, but not everything is available as an MSI package. But many applications bring their own methods. Since I often need this, here is a small collection for the more important programs.

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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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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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