Installing Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Part 1)

The Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) is a new tool, introduced with Windows 10.

ICD is a part of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10 (ADK) and you can use Windows ICD to do the following tasks:

  • View all of the configurable settings and policies for a Windows 10 image or provisioning package.
  • Create Windows provisioning answer files.
  • Add third-party drivers, apps, or other assets to an answer file.
  • Create variants and specify the settings that apply to each variant.
  • Build and flash a Windows image.
  • Build a provisioning package.

Read more about ICD here

Download setup for Windows 10 ADK here

Start the installation and choose where the toolkit should be installed and if you want to send Microsoft anonymous data.

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Accept the license agreement

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Ensure that you select Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD).

Note the prerequirements.

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The tools are installed.

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Click Close and you are ready to streamline, customize and provision Windows images.

Expect a new blog post soon.

/Jens Ole

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Mobile Device Management Webinar

Hi all,

Yesterday I did an online presentation about securing your data on Mobile Devices using Microsoft Intune / System Center. Feel free to view the recorded webinar here

NB: It’s danish Smiley, der blinker

 

/Enjoy

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

IOS9: New Managing Features

As a consultant working with Azure and Microsoft Intune, is will be quite interesting to follow the Apple Event 9. September 2015.

I’m specially looking forward to see if rumors around IOS 9 are correct.

IOS9 is rumored to include:

  • Distribute Apps outside Apple Store (Business Store?)
  • Control IOS Updates
  • Convert Unmanaged Apps to Managed Apps (no longer need to uninstall/install)
  • Multi-tasking

Let us see what happens Winking smile

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.

New Windows 10 build released today

Microsoft continues to deliver Windows as a Service with a new build for insiders.

Read more about Windows 10 build 10525 here: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/08/18/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-10525/

Azure AD Connect is GA

Today Microsoft announced the following products:

  1. Announcing the Limited Public Preview of Azure SQL Data Warehouse
  2. Azure AD Connect and Connect Health are generally available
  3. Azure Application Gateway generally available
  4. SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1 now available
  5. Microsoft Intune Conditional Access and Mobile Application Management for the Outlook app
  6. New Microsoft Power BI Content Pack and connector generally available
  7. Key Vault is now generally available across all regions (except Australia)

Reading more here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/stbnewsbytes/archive/2015/06/24/cloud-platform-release-announcements-for-june-24-2015.aspx?linkId=15102330