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Mon, Jul 3 2017
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award [MVP]
I was truly honoured to receive an email on Saturday telling me that I had been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award in Enterprise Mobility. It’s something I didn’t set out to achieve when I started the SCCMentor b...
Thu, May 4 2017
Changes to Power BI Free are coming on 1 June 2017.
There's been a lot of interest in the Power BI dashboard and ConfigMgr template since I published a blog post about it on the SCCMentor website back in March. A presentation I ran at the last WMUG event generated even more discussion about the tool. One of the great features of the product is the ability to share out your dashboards to your Office 365 users with the click of a few buttons and you only needed access...
Sat, Mar 25 2017
Book review: Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection Cookbook – Second Edition
I've started a new series of posts on the SCCMentor website to review some of the best ConfigMgr books that are out on the market. I thought it would be worth presenting these reviews on the WMUG website. In the first of the series I take a look at the second edition of the Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection Cookbook. The book is authored by MVP Nicolai Henriksen, a ConfigMgr and , back in the day, SMS...
Tue, Dec 27 2016
Run Citrix Receiver on a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3
The Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 are running with enough power to act as a 'thin client' device to connect to a Citrix environment via a specific release of the Citrix Receiver. This blog post takes you through the basic steps to get you installed an...
Thu, Nov 3 2016
Slow Start Menu and unresponsive Search in Windows 10 - VMWare
I thought it would be worth popping this into a blog post as I spent many hours recently troubleshooting problems with the Windows 10 Start Menu and Search bar in a Citrix PVS environment. In some instances the Start Menu was slow to load up or other...
Sat, Aug 6 2016
Running Ubuntu and Bash on Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows 10 Anniversary Update allows you to run Ubuntu and the Bash shell. This is an optional feature and is switched on via Windows features. Once enabled you'll need to restart your device. You'll then be able to search for bash. a...
Tue, Sep 8 2015
Windows 10 IoT Core - Raspberry Pi connections without a network
Myself and Peter Egerton ran an 'Introduction to Windows 10 IoT on the Raspberry Pi' session recently at a WMUG event and we had some issues connecting remotely into the Raspberry Pi on the network we were presenting from. Not all was in vain...
Sun, Sep 6 2015
Failed to restore virtual machine state
I thought I would blog this since, for a moment, I thought I'd lost my DC and ConfigMgr server in my lab (Backups?? Sorry??) Basically when attempting to start up my VM's from a saved state I received the following error message: 'failed ...
Fri, Sep 4 2015
Files for my App-V and Windows 10 IoT WMUG session
As mentioned at the WMUG event at Microsoft on 24th August, we would be making our slide decks available post the event. Introduction to App-V Integration in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Windows 10 IoT and Raspberry Pi 2 with an introduction to Blinky If you wa...
Sun, Jul 26 2015
Installing Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi 2
A few months ago I wrote a three-part series on how to get started with Windows 10 IoT on the Raspberry Pi. The process to get the Windows 10 IoT Core image onto the SC card has changed slightly since then so here are the details on how to achi...
Wed, Jun 17 2015
Updated Windows 10 in-place upgrade task sequence for ConfigMgr 2012
Microsoft has released an updated task sequence for the Windows 10 in-place upgrade within ConfigMgr 2012. Note that ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 is the minimum version we support for Windows 10 in-place upgrade using this TS. If you followed the live ...
Sun, Jun 7 2015
Recover disk space after Windows 10 upgrade
Once things have settled in with your Windows 10 install you might want to recover the space used by the Windows10.old folder. To do this deleting previous Windows installations has now been incorporated into the Disk Cleanup Utility. After launchin...
Wed, May 13 2015
ConfigMgr Store puts all your ConfigMgr apps in one place
Before I post about this marvellous new application created by fellow WMUG friend Robert Marshall, let me just say that this is the last duplicated post from the SCCMentor web site. All future WMUG posts will be unique and focused on Windows 10 relat...
Tue, May 12 2015
Quickly disable Windows Defender on Windows 10 using PowerShell
Here's a couple of commands that come in handy if you need to temporarily disable real time monitoring of Windows Defender on the Windows 10 Technical Preview release. At present my Defender is happily monitoring with real-time protection switched on. Fire up a PowerShell window as administrator and run the following command: Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring $true You'll soon get...
Sat, May 9 2015
Remove partition as part of Windows 10 in-place upgrade with PowerShell
The Windows 10 in-place upgrade ConfigMgr Task Sequence is going to make the migration to Windows 10 relatively pain free and quick. You can have an upgraded O/S running the latest release within the space of an hour. With support for upgrade for Win...
Fri, May 8 2015
Five Minute Mentor - Update Client Settings Priority in ConfigMgr 2012
I've finally got round to creating another in my 'Five Minute Mentor' series. The first in the series 'Deploying .exe applications in SCCM 2012' has been very popular so take a look here . This time I've spent five minutes...
Tue, May 5 2015
System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview released
Microsoft has released a 60 day evaluation of System Center Configuration Manager and System Center Endpoint Protection Technical Preview. It's available for download from here . Time to play! Here's a list of some of the new and improved features, and not an exhaustive list by any means: Primary site Client limit raised from 100k to 150k Management Points becoming location aware Full support...
Sun, May 3 2015
Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition
Microsoft has recently released a free eBook focusing on Windows 10 Preview entitled 'Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition' by Ed Bott. You can download a copy of the book in PDF format with Mobu and ePub formats coming soon. It's available from MSDN blogs here .
Sun, May 3 2015
Windows 10 IoT Part 3 - Making a light blink
If you've followed my two previous Windows 10 IoT blogs on how to set up the your Raspberry Pi 2 with Windows 10 IoT and how to set up your PC with Vistual Studio 2015 then now it's time to upload some code to the Pi and make a LED light...
Sat, May 2 2015
Windows 10 IoT Part 2 - Time to set up the PC
Hopefully you've already followed my previous blog post 'Windows 10 IoT - Getting Started on the Raspberry Pi 2' . In that tutorial I explained how to download and install Windows 10 IoT on a Raspberry Pi 2. In this tutorial I will show yo...
Thu, Apr 30 2015
Windows 10 IoT - Getting Started on the Raspberry Pi 2
Windows 10 IoT Insider Preview was released yesterday for various low cost hardware types - Raspberry Pi 2, MinnowBoard MAX, Intel Galileo and Arduino. It's available from here https://ms-iot.github.io/content/GetStarted.htm In th...
Wed, Apr 22 2015
Project Spartan - A First Look
On January 21st, Microsoft unveiled the new default browser for Windows 10 entitled, for now, Project Spartan. Spartan has been developed for 'the modern Web', effectively kicking Internet Explorer in touch and converting it into a legacy br...
Wed, Apr 22 2015
Implementing Windows Image and Configuration Designer
Windows Image and Configuration Designer, or WICD, is a new, exciting tool that will further enhance the customisation of the Windows platform alongside tools such as ConfigMgr and MDT. Do not think of WICD as a deployment tool. Microsoft sum up the ...
Thu, Apr 16 2015
Find Collection Membership for a Device with PowerShell
Here's a nice piece of PowerShell that will quickly tell you what collections a device is a member of. Replace siteserver, sitecode and hostname with the relevant details. Hostname is obviously the name of the device you want to find collection membership for. $Collections = (Get-WmiObject -ComputerName siteserver -Namespace root/SMS/site_sitecode -Query "SELECT SMS_Collection.* FROM SMS_FullCollectionMembership...
Tue, Mar 31 2015
Live Blog - Windows 10 build 9926 to build 10041 upgrade
Yesterday I ran the in-place update from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 build 9926. Everything went smoothly. Job done. Build 10041 is out and people have had some issues upgrading - rollback or erroring. I decided it would be fun ...