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This quick tip is designed to show a method of limiting the display of MDT task sequences that do not apply to a full OS or a WinPE environment. If you already know, this will be a refresher.
Limiting a Task Sequence to Display on WinPE
Open the task sequence.
Under the General…
When joining a computer to Active Directory (AD) using MDT, you really don’t get too many options.
On a fresh install, where the computer AD object doesn’t exist, it will place the computer AD object into the default “Computers” OU or the OU you designate.
What happens when you try to join a computer using MDT when the AD object…
This script will create a new MDT task sequence template based on the “Client.xml” file and adds it to the list of available templates. It adds a few “extra” features, which are listed below.
Template Name: Windows 10 Client Task Sequence
1) Adds a custom step for a drivers path variable “DriverGroup001“, utilizing %Make% and %Model% variables.
Surface Pro tablets are great, for the most part. One of the most useful addons you can get for it is the Surface Pen. It’s great, powerful and useful… only if you remember to pair it to the tablet before giving it to the end-user.
I present to you the automated(ish) way to inject the pairing files into the OS…
This method consists of three parts, two AD security groups and one GPO.
One security group will be used as a template, but more on that shortly.
Important: Looking for guidance adding a new computer to an existing setup, refer to the section Security Group: Authorized Users below.
Automate as much of the process as possible, for handoff…
There are numerous websites with really helpful articles on how to add PXE booting for both BIOS (Legacy) and UEFI devices.
In some cases you are directed to add (to enable UEFI, and thus disable BIOS) or remove (to disable UEFI and re-enable BIOS) an entry on your DHCP server. Specifically the Option 060, with a value of “PXEClient”.
There have been many discussions on this topic, so what’s one more eh?
I use WMI filters for a lot of situations. Some include Screensavers, Backgrounds and Power Plans.
Simplicity and future-proofing is what I’m all about, and thinking the currently accepted way to find out if a PC was a desktop or a laptop worked pretty well. Until…
Group Policy Objects (GPO) are great ways to assign settings to Windows based computers. Sometimes you need more control than what the default WMI or access based controls offer.
Let me introduce you to “Item-Level Targeting”. It’s a way to target parts of the GPO to only certain computers or users.
Let’s use our favorite program, Java, to illustrate…
Adding computers to the domain is easy if you want them to all end up in the (default) computers OU, or pre-populate the computer account in active directory.
For those of us that like to choose the computer OU on the fly when imaging, entering the OU manually is very tiring and mistakes are often made; at least for…
When you have a matching Windows OS in the deployment share, MDT uses the BOOT.WIM from that source. When they don’t match, MDT uses WINPE.WIM from the ADK that is installed.
While this is generally preferable, you may want force it back to using the Microsoft ADK for WinPE booting.
You will need to manually edit the Settings.xml…