Thursday, 28 September 2017 07:12

Disabling SMBv1 in WinPE through MDT

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As a reader of this blog, I suspect that you, like me, are a frequent visitor to TechNet forums. Yesterday, a user posted a question on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) forum asking for guidance on how to disable Version 1 of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol in MDT generated Windows PE boot images. Version 1 of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol was developed in the early days of personal computer networking, and as Ned Pyle wrote in a blog post in September of 2016 Stop using SMB1 there are many reasons to cease using it on your networks as it is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:39

TPM Upgrade Process on Dell & HP Systems Using MDT

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In my last blog post, I discussed clearing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) using PowerShell and MDT. This time I’m turning my attention to another issue: field upgrading TPM from 1.2 to 2.0 specification on HP and Dell systems which support discreet TPM switching.

Systems that shipped with Windows 7 from the factory will have TPM 1.2, however, most modern systems feature a firmware based component running in a trusted execution environment on a general purpose SoC, which allows discrete TPM mode switching in real time. Customers I worked with in the past couple of months and which roll out Windows 10 intend to make use of important security advantages of TPM 2.0 specification including greater crypto agility by being more flexible with respect to cryptographic algorithms, newer algorithms, which can improve drive signing and key generation performance, a more consistent experience across different implementations and a consistent dictionary attack protection guarantee.

Friday, 15 September 2017 23:40

How to Clear the TPM Chip Using MDT

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Before a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) can be used for advanced scenarios it must be provisioned. Windows 10 automatically provisions a TPM, but if you are planning to reinstall the operating system, you may have to clear the TPM before reinstalling so that Windows 10 can take full advantage of the TPM. In today's blog post, I will take a closer look how to clear the TPM ownership using WMI in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), allowing Windows 10 to automatically take ownership of the TPM on the next boot (TPM AutoProvisioning). Clearing the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) cancels TPM ownership and invalidates cryptographic materials created by the previous owner.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:08

Add .NET Framework Offline Using MDT

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If you’ve read any of my tweets, you know that I emphasize how Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and ConfigMgr are powerful OS deployment tools which allow a high grade of customization. This blog post is another demonstration of MDT flexibility. It also shows how a small PowerShell script can quickly lead to a solution.

Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:08

Mastering Windows 10 Language Packs

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In order to deploy and service Windows 10 successfully, you need to carefully consider how you apply language packs. In today’s blog post I will discuss the approach that I use to deploy and service Windows 10 in a multi language environment using Microsoft MDT and one base Windows 10 image.

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