Microsoft Virtual Academy: Then and Now

The last couple years have meant big changes as to how Microsoft engages the community and one of them has been the Microsoft Virtual Academy. This learning service was met with skepticism as to how much value it would offer to the community as other offerings were being decommissioned around the same time. Lately I decided to take a peek...

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Looking forward: Migrating to Windows 10

With Windows 7 now firmly in place in enterprise organizations, and Windows 8.x merely a distraction, Windows 10 is gaining a lot of interest. Windows 7 SP1 mainstream support ends in January 2015 and Microsoft has started prelaunch activities for v10. There is no lack of speculation on what the new release will bring, but the common opinion is that Windows 10 will be the next big OS migration for enterprises.

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Lost your DVD for Windows 8 or 8.1

If you bought Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, you can download and install Windows from this page using just your product key Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase or on the DVD packaging. The product key is a 25-character code that looks something like this:...

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Disable First Logon Animation in Windows 8.1 (SCCM 2012 and MDT)

Players, I thought I’d share this simple little tip to disable that annoying “Hi” screen when you login for the first time after a fresh build. You know this screen …  I created a registry key to disable the animation when you first login and added it to my task sequence as a package. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] “EnableFirstLogonAnimation”=dword:00000000 The command line that I used was a follows … regedit.exe /S Disable_First_Run_Animation.reg And if you want to disable this via GPO – you can change these settings to disable the message once you’re on the domain: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Show first sign-in animation Enjoy. H  

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/disable-first-logon-animation-in-windows-8-1-sccm-2012-mdt-heinrich_pelser/

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Software Deployment – Windows 8.1 Update 2

The news media continues to report that a new operating system update, Windows 8.1 Update 2, will be released by Microsoft in August. Microsoft has not officially confirmed the rumor, but veteran Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley informed Redmond Magazine that the next update to Windows 8.1 may be delivered in Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday release on August 12. For more information, see the Redmond Magazine article “Windows 8.1 Update 2 Rumored to Appear on August 12″ on line. Keeping up with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesdays is a big effort for most organization’s software deployment teams. Flexera Software AdminStudio Suite 2014 has…

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Mobile Application Management top of Mind in AdminStudio Suite 2014

AdminStudio® Suite powers an enterprise’s Application Readiness process for packaging, planning, and delivery of physical, virtual, and mobile applications. This release includes capabilities designed to reduce risk, remove costs, and create operational efficiencies. Top 5 reasons to download AdminStudio Suite 2014; Streamline Delivery of Mobile Apps Test Mobile Apps for Device and OS Compatibility Identify Risky Apps and Establish Mobile Application Management Policies Support for application virtualization with VMware® ThinApp 5.0™ Keep up with the latest Microsoft Patch Tuesday For more details on the new features and enhancements, refer to the AdminStudio Suite 2014 Release Notes How to get it:…

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How to publish URL shortcuts to Windows 8.1

A customer of mine asked me to create a new Windows 8.1 Enterprise SOE (golden image, standard image, whatever) and also customise the Start Menu and Start Screen layout. This customer is pretty easy as most of their applications are web apps. Therefor I only have to deploy all the shortcuts to their web applications. Job done. Easy. I asked the customer to give me all their shortcuts so that I can then copy them to the default user’s profile during deployment (in this case MDT 2013 stand alone, but that doesn’t matter). All the shortcuts looked like this: “%programfiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” https://www.google.com.au Regular shortcut you’d think, right? The special thing … Continue reading

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How to publish URL shortcuts to Windows 8.1

A customer of mine asked me to create a new Windows 8.1 Enterprise SOE (golden image, standard image, whatever) and also customise the Start Menu and Start Screen layout. This customer is pretty easy as most of their applications are web apps. Therefor I only have to deploy all the shortcuts to their web applications. Job done. Easy. I asked the customer to give me all their shortcuts so that I can then copy them to the default user’s profile during deployment (in this case MDT 2013 stand alone, but that doesn’t matter). All the shortcuts looked like this: “%programfiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” https://www.google.com.au Regular shortcut you’d think, right? The special thing […]

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Event – People Centric IT

Hi All, I know that has been a while since the last post, a bit more than 1 month to be exactly. During this time, i have been busy creating and delivering couple of presentations (Birmingham and Reading) as well as creating content for this site (a blog post about this will happen soon :) ).. Birmingham i presented 4 sessions, (yes, i think people had too much of me that day) and Reading only 1…but was recorded, so once online i’ll post the link for you that missed. anyway, here you can download my presentations: BYOD & CYOD MDM with SCCM & Intune OSD And for those at the locations, send me an email (raphael AT rflsystems DOT co DOT uk) and you’ll be entering in a draw to win a copy of my e-book

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/event-people-centric-it/

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Keyboard Stops Working on Windows 8.1 System

This morning I came into my office to find myself with a lovely little surprise.  I sat down and logged in as usual, however, once at my Windows 8.1 Update desktop, the keyboard stopped working.  Windows Key, all individual characters function keys, etc.  Nothing worked. Not exactly what I wanted to deal with on a Monday morning. Ok, no worries,...

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Whole Disk .WIM backup using SCCM 2012 R2

Players, Recently I needed to provide my client with a little confidence in OSD around what was possible with backups … there was some fear over users data etc … so I needed to lay down the Iron Curtain … the task was simple and yet politically complex as they needed to capture certain users entire disk drives for many uninteresting reasons… Now, we have a few options available to us when it comes to SCCM, we could use witchcraft enchantment spells called hard-link and create a state-store (USMT) that holds the data inside a folder on the C Drive. Or we could summon the powers of the State Migration Points and keep data in users profiles for a certain period of time in hardware replacement scenarios. But what if all you need is to capture everything in one go? Easy, here’s how and it will take you about 10 minutes to set…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/whole-disk-wim-backup-using-sccm-2012-r2/

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Windows 8.1 Update 1. Top 10 things you need to know

A moment of silence please. Windows XP is dead. Please pull a sad face … Anyway, Windows 8.1 Update 1 is here! So, here is my top 10 things you need to know, about the new update. 1. Its free. For Windows 8.1 users, you can download it from here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/download-shop 2. Booting to the desktop (its not new) is now easier! If you are using a PC without a touch screen you can now boot to your desktop by default! Finally right? But if you have touch screen what then? Well Microsoft now makes it easier (somewhat) to boot straight to your desktop via the Taskbar and Navigation properties. (Right click on your taskbar and select properties) 3. The Power and Search buttons are finally visible! Like many others, it took me a while to get to grips with where to find things at first, mainly … how to turn…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/windows-8-1-update-1-top-10-things-you-need-to-know/

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