Windows 10

Edgy about Windows 10 Edge!

By Garth Jones I’m really starting to “dislike” the Windows 10 Edge browser. Recently I made the mistake of upgrading to Windows 10 during a busy week. As part of the process, Windows 10 overwrote a TON of my default settings and replaced them with Edge as the default program. I first noticed that something wasn’t right when Edge would NOT allow me to login to a website. Seriously, this is an important function of a web browser! I tried to login to the same website with Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Yandex. The only browser with the issue was Edge, so I ended up resetting my default browser to IE. Hey, at least IE works! Next, I needed to finish reviewing some comments within a PDF. Everything worked perfectly in the morning, but not after the Windows 10 upgrade! I found ou...

ICYMI: Windows 10 Servicing with Language Packs Using SCCM (current branch)

Niall Brady has written up a very informative and detailed blog article about using Configuration Manager current branch to service Windows 10 installations that are using language packs. This is the latest in a list of step-by-step  “guides” that he has been creating for ConfigMgr CB, which I recommend that you check on a regular basis for new content. With the increased footprint of Windows 10 and the use of ConfigMgr CB for servicing, new challenges have come into play, and effectively servicing Microsoft’s latest OS when language packs are used is one of them. The article describes using a custom script and deploying an .ini file for each language pack to clients, and in doing so, administrators should have an effective workaround for using Configuration Manager curre...

Free Virtual Conference for Windows 10 in the Enterprise

Sponsored by Flexera and brought to you by the IT/Dev Connections 2016 team, this upcoming virtual conference will be a must attend event. Not only will it give you a good taste of what’s coming for the best education and community conference available (IT/Dev Connections), but you get to learn about Windows 10 in the Enterprise from some very capable, very familiar speakers, including:   Susan Bradley has been patching since before the Code Red/Nimda days and remembers exactly where she was when SQL slammer hit (trying to buy something on eBay and wondering why the Internet was so slow). She is the moderator on the Patchmanagement.org listserve, writes the Patch Watch column for Penton’s Windows Secrets, and helps with the Ransomware prevention kit for www.thirdtier.net. In real lif...

Windows 10 Images in SCCM: Size Matters

If you are migrating your company’s computers to Windows 10 using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM, aka ConfigMgr), you make a lot of little decisions that can have massive down-the-line impact. A key decision to get right in operating system deployment (OSD) is image size. Specifically, whether to create Thick or Thin images. A Thin image consists of the Windows 10 OS and approved updates, and very little else. A Thick image may include the OS plus approved updates, plus software like applications and other customizations needed to make the machine more directly useful for business tasks. The Trade-off Admins Must Make So, what’s the trade off? It’s an age-old problem that existed long before computers: time versus functionality. A Thin image is much faster to deploy in...

Preparing for Windows 10

Microsoft estimated that businesses’ migrating from Windows XP x32 to Windows 7 x64 could experience issues that required close to 50% of applications to be replaced, upgraded, or remediated.  Today, for those upgrading from Windows 7 x64 to Windows 10 x64, that number is <10%.  For those that had kept up with Windows 8.1 ‘Update 1’, the number will be even smaller.  But, for companies that stayed on a 32bit edition of Windows 7, their migration to Windows 10 x64 will be more painful, as they’ll have to address all the 64bit issues which they deferred during their last OS migration. Application Readiness for an OS Migration is more than just about application compatibility.  The attraction of Windows 10 is new features, tighter security, long term support vision, and touch-based apps/ha...

ConfigMgr Upgrade Assessment Tool Gets an Update for Windows 10 Support

Microsoft has just released an update to its OS Upgrade Assessment Tool. The update is provided to add support for Windows 10. The tool can still assess older (supported) OS versions, too. You can download the updated version from here: System Center Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool Microsoft provides installation and usage instructions here: An Update for the System Center Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool But, wait…there’s probably more… Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or Connect with me on LinkedIn Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and Devops? Check out IT/Dev Connections!

Running Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

Announced at Build 2016, Microsoft is moving to allow Bash on Ubuntu to run directly on Windows 10 – nothing else required. The ability will come with the “Anniversary Edition” of Windows 10 that will release sometime close to the July 2016 timeframe. Here’s how this works: But, wait…there’s probably more… Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or Connect with me on LinkedIn Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and Devops? Check out IT/Dev Connections!

System Center Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool with Windows 10 Support Released

Available as a package to distribute through System Center Configuration Manager, the Upgrade Assessment Tool has now been released with Windows 10 support. Here’s what the tool can provide: Retrieves device driver compatibility information for installed peripheral devices and creates reports that you can use to determine which device drivers need to be upgraded to support the Windows operating system. Allows you to see which computers meet the recommended system requirements for Windows operating systems and to customize these requirements for your environments. Creates summary reports that you can use to see an enterprise wide view of operating system upgrade readiness. Allows you to create dynamic collections for an operating system deployment. The collection query rules can be based on...

Deciding Between ConfigMgr and Intune for Windows 10 Management

Here’s one that I’m sure will burn through the thought wires pretty quickly given enough time. Windows 10 is changing how companies think about managing and servicing business PCs and devices – or at least it should be. There’s long been discussions about which tool, System Center Configuration Manager or Microsoft Intune, makes the most sense in various situations. And, it’s true that depending on the level and style of IT in the organization, either one can be structured to fit the environment. Obviously Configuration Manager is the beast product, providing the full range of manageability features, but there’s also something to be said about the lighter-weight Microsoft Intune which has steadily improved in feature and function. A new post by the Microsoft Intune team attempts to solve t...

Windows 10 1511 February ISO contains the Insider Hub Package

If you’re using Windows 10 ISO’s to develop and deploy your upgrades and images for Windows 10 throughout your organization, you should be aware that the Insider Hub app is actually included in the image. Is this on purpose or by accident? That remains to be seen, but according to a thread on the SCCM list, the Insider Hub is currently treated as if it’s a Windows “feature” and installs by default. Damon Johns gives a solution to remove it: If you don’t want this in your reference image then maybe add something during deployment for online removal scenario. Dism /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Microsoft-Windows-InsiderHub-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.10586.0 Michael Niehaus indicated that the next Windows 10 feature release will provide options to easily remove this like any o...

ConfigMgr: Identifying Win10 Credential Guard Hardware Requirements

HP-InstrumentedBIOS  – OMCI_SMS_DEF – TPM Using Microsoft Windows 10 (Enterprise), organizations can now take advantage of a new technology called Credential Guard, which isolates certain types of sensitive data so that only privileged system software can access it. As a result, credential theft attacks (Pass-the-Hash, Pass-The-Ticket, etc.) are prevented by protecting NTLM password hashes and Kerberos Ticket Granting Tickets. While Credential Guard is an effective way to protect against these types of attacks, it comes with a set of specific hardware requirements that must be met in order to implement this new technology. The sections below describe just one scenario for how to use System Center Configuration Manager (2012 or current branch) to identify which systems support/d...

In Case You Missed it: Hotfix for Win10 (1511) ADK and WinPE Initialization Released

A hotfix for an issue that many users have been experiencing with the 1511 Windows 10 ADK boot images was recently released. Windows PE boot images don’t initialize in System Center Configuration Manager As stated in the KB article: ..you receive the following error message during the “Initializing hardware devices” phase: Windows PE initialization failed with error code 0x80220014. And the smsts.log file on the target computer contains entries that resemble the following: m_pImpl->AddAdapterTcpIpSettings( XMLAnswerFileImpl::WindowsPE, adapterInfo ), HRESULT=80220014 pAnswerFile->AddNetworkAdapter(adapterInfo), HRESULT=80220014 Failed to configure adapter 0 adapterSettings.Configure( pAnswerFile ), HRESULT=80220014 Execution failed with error 80220014