So I’m in the final stages of getting our Windows 10 Deployment ready to go and I am currently in the process of branding and customising our image, which includes setting a custom Start Menu Tile Layout. This is done with the use of two PowerShell commands Export-StartMenuLayout and Import-StartMenuLayout. I created our preferred start menu, … Continue reading "Issues Deploying a Custom Windows 10 Start Menu Layout when using an image with a Default Profile"
During a deployment of Windows or even after Windows is deployed you see an Open File – Security Warning prompt when a .EXE runs (similar to the one on the right). This happens because when you download an .EXE, .ZIP, or .CAB Internet Explorer (as well as Firefox and Chrome) saves what is called a … Continue reading "How to remove the Open File Security Warning Prompt during Driver Deployment or User Login when using MDT or SCCM"
Quick post today, I organise my driver folders into manufacturer and model and then use a task sequence to pick machine specific drivers. Getting the exact model name helps and one day to do that is via a WMI query. It’s a command I try to use quite a bit (and tend to forget the … Continue reading "Getting a machine product name and serial number using WMIC for use with MDT or SCCM"
So I was recently helping out a client clean up their Small Business Server environment, one thing they weren’t using was SharePoint, so we decided to remove it from their SBS 2008 server. The removal went smoothly, simply uninstalling SharePoint Services via Add/Remove control panel did the trick. But after a restart we found that … Continue reading "The Network Policy Server Service (NPS or IAS) Fails to Start on Windows SBS Server 2008 with an unspecified error (0x80004005)"
I like to keep my client’s devices up to date to prevent any issues from arising and have access to the devices latest features. Unfortunately not everyone is happy to pay that little extra to have an on-going support / maintenance agreement. I was recently out at a customer who had an ASA 5505 which … Continue reading "How to log into ASDM for a Cisco ASA when you get the Unable to launch device manager error"
So I’m preparing on doing a clean-up of our NETLOGON/SYSVOL folder containing about 50 or so different logon scripts (plenty of which I know are no longer used). I wanted to create a list of all of our active directory users along with what logon script they were assigned (I could then feed this list … Continue reading "Getting a list of users in Active Directory as well as their Logon Script using dsquery and dsget"
So we recently upgraded our printing infrastructure with a whole new lot of printers and software (along with a shiny new version of PaperCut MF) and have implemented a global queue or better known as Follow Me Printing. So how do we go about pushing out all the new global printers to our users. Well … Continue reading "Deploying printers via Group Policy and getting them pushed out the right way as well as solving driver installation issues (0x80070bcb Specified printer driver was not found and needs to be downloaded)"
So we had a few users delete their OneNote printer from the Printers List in Windows. OneNote is a great program and is bolstered by the use of the printer allowing you to push pretty much anything into OneNote. We ran an office repair but the printer didn’t actually return for our users, so I … Continue reading "Getting back the OneNote 2010 Printer by Installing a generic printer driver, and then configure it for Microsoft Office OneNote 2010"
Over the last few days we have been looking at getting a Client Access Array going for our Exchange 2010 setup for basic redundancy and load balancing. I thought I would outline an issue we discovered with using Windows Network Load Balancing in a HP switching environment. The first is whether to use Unicast or … Continue reading "Procurve Switches and Windows Network Load Balancing in Multicast Mode causing high collision and drop rates"
I recently decided to move our reporting services running on our SCCM site server to our more beefier SQL Server, I was also wanting to do this for our Forefront Migration (as Reporting services is a requirement). So I created a new server under Site Settings -> Site Systems and put our SQL server into … Continue reading "Fixing SMS Site Component Manager could not access site system. Access is denied. Issue when adding SCCM components to other servers."