Microsoft Tech Summit – Live Stream

Next week on the 15th you can watch the Microsoft Tech Summit keynote live from Mexico City. The keynote is at 4pm GMT or 10am CDT and promises to full of information on the way Microsoft are directing their focus and should give us an idea on what to expect in the near future.

Make sure to sign up! – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/techsummit/livestream.aspx

Microsoft Tech Summit – Live Stream

Keeping Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Tidy

Keeping WSUS running at it’s best requires more¬†effort than is commonly understood and without proper maintenance you might eventually start seeing nasty errors from the console.

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I’ll try to run through a few of the solutions I’ve discovered and how you can use them together to keep things running smoothly. You can also use these processes to keep WSUS managed by ConfigMgr tidy ūüôā

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Keeping Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Tidy

Windows Updates to Windows Servicing

When Windows 10 was released, one of the biggest things that worried IT System Admins was the pretty major change to the way Windows Updates were deployed. Traditionally, Microsoft released an assortment of security fixes and minor non-security fixes every month. Then once or twice a year they may have released service packs as fix rollups and feature improvements. This approach allowed IT System Admins to push security patches out whenever they got round to it or let computers update themselves. Then every X amount of years (or never) they thought about planning to upgrade their IT estate which would be a massive project.

With Windows 10, this all changed and this year, it changed for earlier operating systems too.

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Windows Updates to Windows Servicing

Disabling Keyboard Keys with Scan Code Maps

Last week, I was working on a project to roll out a number of MS Surfaces as kiosk devices. As part of the configuration, I was required to somehow stop users exiting¬†the kiosk software by pressing Alt-F4 or Esc. After some research (googling), I decided the best way to achieve this was using “scancode maps”.

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Disabling Keyboard Keys with Scan Code Maps

Using PowerShell to get folder sizes

At work, I had to gauge how much impact turning off folder redirection would have for a customer. To do this you need to figure out how much data users have in their redirected folders, because the process will copy everything down to their local folder.

The structure of the folders was, “Username\Documents” with “Documents” being the redirected folder. So initially, I¬†looped through each of the Username folders and grabbed the Length property of each.¬†However, what I found was that a lot of them didn’t have a Length property for whatever reason.

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Using PowerShell to get folder sizes

ConfigMgr Preflight with XAML and PowerShell Part 2

Its been a little while since I’ve had chance to sit down and think up a post. The end of September was the deadline for a big project I’ve been working on, so I was pretty busy trying to make sure things were done.¬†Things have slightly settled down now, so I’ve had more time to play with personal¬†projects and improve my ConfigMgr app.

A separate idea I had for PowerShell and ConfigMgr, was to create some kind of portal for 1st line technicians to add machines for Operating System builds. The idea being they wouldnt have to go into the console to import computer information. My initial thoughts were to use a html frontend, which I would host on a tiny web server and then have PowerShell do my script work. After digging into this I figured it would require a proper web app to do something like that, using server code.

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ConfigMgr Preflight with XAML and PowerShell Part 2