Anton Romanyuk

Anton Romanyuk

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:22

Group Policy Changes in Windows 10 1709 Preview

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As Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development winds down, it’s the grandiose time to examine updated and new Group Policy settings. There is no official documentation from the Group Policy team at this point, frankly there still might (or will) be a few changes to Group Policy settings. Still, it can't hurt to poke around current ADMX files because there are truly several things duller in our line of work than comparing thousands lines of text. Right?

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.

Friday, 01 September 2017 12:41

The Case of Skipped Application Installation

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As a reader of this blog I suspect that you, like me, are a frequent visitor to TechNet forums. And I bet many of you have already posted a question there or even spent a few hours helping other people out. A couple of days ago, a user posted a question on the MDT forum asking for guidance on how to upgrade Windows 10 VMs to the latest iteration of Windows 10 "Creator's update" using what I consider – not surprisingly given my history  - the best free deployment solution, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), partially because a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit task sequence allows you to completely automate the feature update process.

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A couple of days ago, I posted a blog post detailing how to add language packs to MDT using PowerShell. In today's blog post I am going to build up on that and showcase how I use PowerShell to automatically generate a tasksequence specific CustomSettings_%TaskSequenceID%.ini containing the rules required to create a simple and dynamic deployment process. This includes configuring commonly used rules and also injecting language pack GUIDs.

Saturday, 26 August 2017 14:07

The Case of 'Something Went Wrong'

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As you’ve probably surmised by my blog posts and my Twitter ramblings, I like to push OSD to its limits. Besides keeping my deployments running smoothly, my vigilance sometimes helps me spot potential problems before they actually become an issue for my customers. The case opened wide when I started testing a pre-release Windows 10 1703 Insider Build based MDT task sequence. During the specialize phase, my VMs would run into a blue-ish screen stating that "Something went wrong".

Thursday, 24 August 2017 06:50

Add Language Packs to MDT Using PowerShell

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In order to deploy Windows 10 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit in a multi language environment successfully, you probably have to work with language packs. In today’s blog I will discuss the approach that I use to import language packs and features on demand packages in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit using PowerShell.

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I would never usually be as presumptuous as to suppose that I knew exactly what my thousands tens of readers wanted to hear me talk about this week, but this is clearly a special occasion. Only one thing has been on everyone's mind since Microsoft quietly updated the list of features that are being removed and/or deprecated in the Windows 10 1709 update, and only that thing would be expected to be the subject of an almost-weekly almost-amusing blog post.

Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:18

Join Me at Experts Live Europe

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Join me at Experts Live Europe on 23 August – 25 August in Berlin, Germany, where experts from around the world present discussion panels, ask-the-experts sessions and breakout sessions and cover the latest products, technologies and solutions from Microsoft. The conference will be held at Berlin Congress Center (bcc). If you aren’t familiar with it, the bcc is a great venue in a historic city that is located in the heart of Europe and the entire Germany’s road network convenes here, along with two airports and train station connected to the venue. The bcc enjoys a central location, hotels and shopping areas are close.

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I have an embarrassment of riches regarding what to talk about this week, but instead, and apologies in advance for sounding like a record stuck in a groove, I am going to talk about Windows as a Service.

More specifically, about the changes to the branches. Microsoft is moving Windows 10 to the same servicing as Windows Server which means that they are transitioning from the Current Branch (CB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB) model of Windows releases to a twice-yearly release cadence called the Semi-Annual Channel. The release cadence will align to Windows Server and Office which means you can expect the updates to arrive in in March and in September, each of which with an 18-month servicing timeline. The Creators Update marks the first of the Semi-Annual Channel releases. Additionally, Microsoft is renaming the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) to the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC).

Friday, 28 July 2017 09:40

Localizing built-in UWP Apps

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Of late, several customers I work with started deploying Windows 10 clients using an English base image and applying language packs in the process. They ran into a little snag involving localizing UWP apps.

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