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Allmost every time I get a call from a customer, or want to answer a question in the TechNet Forums about OS Deployment, I always start by asking for logfiles. There are MANY log files when it comes to ConfigMgr 2012 R2, and most of them are normally located in the same folder every time you need them. But when you are troubleshooting OS Deployment using, one of the most common log files you almost always want to check, is the SMSTS.log. And this log file is moving around depending on the phase of the deployment process. There are plenty of blogs…

This morning, one of my customers called me and told me that they bought some new Lenovo laptops (Lenovo ThinkPad S540), but they was unable start OS Deployment using SCCM/PXE. Normally when I see this behaivor, it’s caused by a missing driver in the boot image, so I told them to verify that the driver was loaded correct. Here is a guide to verify the network driver in a SCCM Boot Image: https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2009/04/importing-network-drivers-into-the-windows-pe-boot-image/ But the driver was loaded correct, so I requested the SMSTS.log and found another common issue. The SMSTS.log file can be found here: https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2014/08/sccm-2012-r2-smsts-log-located/ In the SMSTS.log…

Today I was presenting at Microsoft IT Camp, and an question about why BitLocker should always be implemented came up. So I showed this simple demo on how Windows (and other operating systems) can be hacked, if the disk is left unencrypted. The demo was showed on the latest version of Windows 8.1 Update with all updates installed. Some of the students asked for en guide, so they could show the demo where they work, so here it is… Login using a standard user account Show that the Local Administrator Account is disabled Restart the computer, and boot from a…

Within a couple of weeks, I have the honor to speak at the Microsoft TechNet TechTalk event in Copenhagen. The main focus of this event, is to provide a technical update, on the latest version of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 and new features in the “Update 1” released earlier this month. Looking forward to another great event… More information is available here (in Danish): http://blogs.technet.com/b/rasmush/archive/2014/04/24/technet-techtalk-pr-230-sentere-windows-update.aspx Event Facts: Date: 21. may 2014 (08.30 til 17.00) Location: Microsoft Denmark, Hellerup Language: Danish and English Technical Level: 200-300 Registration: TechTalk General Session/Keynote: Time Session 09.00 – 10.15 Windows Update –…

Welcome to yet another meeting in the Danish System Center User Group. We are very excited to announce our next event and offer you the opportunity to come and meet with fellow System Center administrators and influencers. The main focus of this event, is Windows Azure and Hyper-V. Special Guest Speaker: Brian Mason, Microsoft MVP: Enterprise Client Management. This event will have a limited number of attendees compared to some of our previous events, and please note that this event is hosted by Microsoft Danmark. During this event you can expect to see lots of live demos of Please note…

Three brand new deployment labs, created by Johan Arwidmark, are now available on the TechNet Virtual Labs platform. Creating a Windows 8.1 reference image http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9845755 Deploying Windows 8.1 with MDT 2013 (Lite Touch) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9845757 Deploying Windows 8.1 with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and MDT 2013 (Zero Touch) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9845756 Enjoy. +Ronni Pedersen

The Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows RT 8.1 Update has been released on MSDN, and will be avalible to all users from Windows Update next week. And finaly Microsoft has fixed what Windows 8 should have been from the start. This is truly a great update that improves the user experience when using Windows on a desktop without touch. More information on the Windows Experience Blog: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/04/02/windows-8-1-update-important-refinements-to-the-windows-experience.aspx If you can’t wait until next week and wants to install this awesome update now, here is the recommended install order of the hotfixes that are included in the download:…

Here’s a list of most of the available sessions about System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Windows Intune  from TechEd Europe 2012 in Amsterdam. System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Overview System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Overview System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Deployment and Infrastructure Deep Application Management with Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Plan, Deploy, and Migrate from Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012 Client Management scenarios in the Windows 8 timeframe Microsoft Deployment Toolkit: What’s New in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012? Deploying Windows 8 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Top OS…

OS Deployment and patch management has always been big challenge for many admins around the world. Not just the testing, but also to get the customer image patched made many ConfigMgr admins a lot older . One of the new features in ConfigMgr 2012 allows you to apply updates to an OS image that’s been imported to the ConfigMgr 2012 library. This feature only supports “Component Based Servicing” (CBS) updates, and can be applied to Windows Vista and above. To use this feature, navigate to Software Library -> Overview -> Operating Systems – Operating System Images, select the Image that…

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 comes with allot of new great features. One of them is BranchCache that is designed to reduce WAN link utilization and improve application responsiveness for branch office workers who access content from servers in remote locations. Branch office client computers use a locally maintained cache of data to reduce traffic over a WAN link. The cache can be distributed across client computers or can be housed on a server in the branch. Download the BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide here, and be ready to adopt this cool new technology, when the product ships. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a9a1ed8a-71ab-468e-a7e0-470fd46e46b3&DisplayLang=en…