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MS: New Update strategy starts now

Tomorrow Microsoft starts using the same update strategy for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as they do for Windows 10.

All updates will be installed as one cumulative update.

Source: https://www.petri.com/microsofts-new-windows-78-rollup-patches-released-starting-tomorrow

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SCCM 1511 Prereq upgrade warning: Unsupported Operating System

Hi All,

A couple of days ago I decided to upgrade my SCCM DEMO environment to the newest version of SCCM 1511.

 

When running the prereq checker, I got the “normal” warning about SQL Server process memory allocation, but I also got a new warning that I hadn’t seen before.

Warning: Unsupported site system operating system version for upgrade!

 

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My only server for SCCM was running Windows Server 2012 R2 so I found the warning a bit odd.

Looking into the log file c:\ConfigMgrPrereq.log I found the “issue”

My SCCM DEMO environment has an Intune connector installed and a Cloud DP manage.microsoft.com.

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The prereq checker will also check OS version at manage.microsoft.com and obviously fails Smiley med åben mund

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So without further thinking I clicked “Begin Install” and the upgrade succeeded.

 

Enjoy

Jens Ole

Applying an ICD provisioning package (Part 3)

16/11/2015 2 comments

1. part – I installed Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) tool

2. part – I created a provisioning package

In this final part I’ll apply the created provisioning package to a Windows 10 Pro client system.

 

Here I got the non domain joined machine with a non standard computer name.

The computer is running Windows 10 Pro.

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Copy the newly created provisioning package to the computer or a USB.

 

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Run the Provisioning package? Yes, sure

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Du you trust the creator? Yes, add it

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NOTE: I removed the password in my test setup. In production you will be prompted for a password to apply the package.

 

The provisioning package is applied……

 

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After the provisioning package is applied you’ll be signed out and the computer will restart a couple of times.

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We sure did change something Smiley, der blinker

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Verify that you now can login with your domain account.

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After login. Cool…

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The computer is now domain joined, have a standard computer name and the Windows version is now Enterprise.

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Verify that the computer is in the right OU in Active Directory too and the mission is accomplished.

 

/Enjoy

The Power of Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Part 2)

The Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) tool can be used to a lot of different stuff. But for now I see the biggest gain for companies to use the tool for people that buy a new computer and is not near a company location where a new computer can be deployed or if the bought computer model is not on the official hardware certification list.

This guide will change the following at a Windows 10 Pro computer.

New standard computer name

Domain joined

Get the computer staged in the right OU

Upgrade the SKU to Enterprise

Let’s get started.

Start Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD)

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Select New provisioning package

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Enter Project details and choose a folder.

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Select what Windows versions can use the package. I’ll choose Common to all Windows desktop editions

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As this is a new package, I’ll not import any package, click Finish

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To filter out some settings, select Common IT Pro settings

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Enter the account used to do the domain join

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Target OU

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Enter Computername. In the case I use a variable to get different computernames.

TESTPC%SERIAL%

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Enter DomainName

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Set domain join password

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To upgrade the OS version to Windows Enterprise enter an appropriate PID.

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Save the project

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Click Export and select Provisioning package

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Give the provisioning package a name and select ranking

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You should encrypt the package, so no one can read the passwords stored inside the package or the license key.

Further more only admins/users with the password can use the provisioning package and there by join computers to the domain.

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Save

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Building

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Done, Finish

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The provisioning package is  now ready for use.

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Next part I’ll run the package at a non domain joined Windows 10 Pro machine.

Installing new KMS key to support Windows 10 Activation

Many companies are evaluating Windows 10 Enterprise in these days and Windows 10 needs a new KMS key to activate. Follow this short blog post to get ready.

For now, activating Windows 10 via KMS require the KMS server to run:

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

First you’ll have to find the correct  key on MSVLC. This can be a hard job but look for this:

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Most of my customers are still running KMS because they are activating Windows 7 machines.

Their KMS server activates both Windows Server, Windows Clients and Office.

If you are running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2, upgrading to the new KMS key is strait forward.

 

Start the “Volume Activation Tools” and choose you KMS server:

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Add your existing KMS server name

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Enter (or copy/paste) your new KMS Key.

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Yes, I’ll uninstall the existing key and install the key one.

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Activate, sure….

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Activate Online

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Yes, I’ll proceed.

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Click Next to modify KMS configuration.

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..and  Commit the changes

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Hopefully it’s a success, and you can close the wizard.

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Check from an elevated prompt, that the new KMS KEY is present and it’s licensed. Also use Event Viewer to check that all is okay.

slmgr –dlv

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Simple and easy – Enjoy

Speaking at SCUG.DK

 

Last Friday I had the honor to speak, once again, at the local Danish User Group SCUG.DK.

I shared a session with my colleague and MVP Ronni Pedersen, about Windows as a Service.

When companies are deploying or evaluating Windows, there are a bunch of things you should be aware of.

  • Windows 10 Licensing
  • Group Policies
  • MDOP
  • Windows 10 Activation (KMS vs ADBA)
  • IE11 / Edge
  • Enterprise mode
  • Windows 10 (Windows Defender / Endpoint Protection)
  • Default Build-in Apps
  • Default Apps and File Associations
  • Windows 10 Business Store
  • In-place Upgrade or Reimage
  • Domain joined, Azure joined

I hope the slides will be available at www.scug.dk, if not I’ll attach them here.

Speaker at EG Cloud Conference

First in June I was lucky to get a session at EG conference “Fra costcenter til kraftcenter” held in both Copenhagen and Aarhus. Once again I spoke about security/data and managing devices using Microsoft Intune/System Center 2012 R2.

The conference was an EG Conference but with our partners, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft. The main focus was to give decision makers information about the transformation to the “Cloud”.

Later this year (2015) I will do a couple of live webcasts, but more about that later.

Enjoy the presentation (Danish)

http://www.slideshare.net/JensOleKragh/slideshelf