Format and Partition Disk on WinPE Boot

Sometimes you don’t care that the sequence has failed in MDT. It can be several scenarios for this. Either, a user aborted the installation or maybe you are testing different installations and just don’t care about the old stuff. However, something that...

Truths about Boot files in MDT 2010/2012

When do you need to Update Deployment Share? 1. When you add/remove network or mass storage-drivers which you want injected into your Windows PE boot image. 2. When you modify Bootstrap.ini 3. When you modify the boot image settings, e.g. scratch space size, custom...

Activate OEM computer without key

How do the OEM vendors activate their Windows machines? They receive a certificate from Microsoft which they apply to the computer in the installation process (often done by you) and when the computer is activated, the certificate is deleted. However, it’s...

A script to disable power save on NIC

Here’s a small script the disable the power save “feature” on the network adapter. The script disables the power save on all physical interfaces, both LAN and WLAN adapters. After the script has been run, you have to restart the computer. The script...

My top 10 tools as an effective Sysadmin

I try hard to be an effective Sysadmin both by using processes and techniques such as GTD, Getting Things Done to manage my everyday work, try to follow Inbox Zero to always keep my Inbox empty and I’m always interested in ways to get me more efficient. Some of...

Get Schema Version from command line or PowerShell

Here’s how to get Schema Version of Active Directory from command line or using PowerShell: Using dsquery: dsquery * “CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=lab,DC=local” -scope base -attr objectversion Using PowerShell: Get-ADObject...

Installing MDT 2012 on Windows Server 2012

With the release of Windows Server 2012, I decided to rebuild my lab from scratch on new fresh VM:s. The first server I installed was a deployment server running MDT 2012 on Windows Server 2012. In this article I will end up with a standalone MDT server (Yes –...

Deploying Windows Server 2012 using MDT 2012

With Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing and if you’ve followed my article on how to install MDT 2012 on Windows Server 2012, you probably want to start deploying Windows Server 2012 using MDT 2012. Well, that’s super easy! MDT 2012 Update 1 adds...

How to upgrade from MDT 2010 to MDT 2012

With the release of MDT 2012 Update 1 you might consider upgrading your MDT 2010 installation to MDT 2012. I would really stress that you read the Release Notes that contains a lot of valuable information. If you want to upgrade your current MDT 2010 installation to...

Configuring NTP on Windows Server 2012

This article explains how to configure NTP on Windows Server 2012. If you’re looking for Windows Server 2008 R2, see my article here. Remember, that in a domain environment, time synchronization is taken care of but you should configure the PDC Emulator of a...

How to enable TLS between Google Apps and Exchange 2010

SMTP TLS is the mechanism by which two email servers, when communicating, can automatically negotiate an encrypted channel between them so that the emails transmitted are secured from eavesdroppers. However, how this works is not very clear so in this post I will try...

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