Lars Lohmann

Apply WIM directly from Distribution Point share

When testing, doing Build and Capture or simply low on local space, you might skip copying the WIM to a local folder before applying, just to save some time. By default SCCM will first copy the WIM to a local folder and the apply the WIM. The WIM file is

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MDT 2013 Update 1 re-released (build 8298)

It is no secret that MDT 2013 Update 1 had more than one problem: MDT 2013 Update 1 Release Notes and Known Issues Microsoft has now updated MDT 2013 Update 1 to build 8298 and fixed some of the problem but as you can read here there are still known

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KMS update for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7

  Until now KMS support for Windows 10 clients has only been available on Windows 8, 8.1, 2012 and 2012 R2. But now Microsoft has released an update that enables Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 R2 KMS hosts to activate Windows 10. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3079821 http://larslohmann.blogspot.dk/2015/07/windows-10-kms-keys-and-kms-server.html

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Change SCCM 2012 R2 from evaluation to licensed

When installing SCCM 2012 R2 you are able to install it in evaluation mode: How do we identify if SCCM has been installed in evaluation mode? Very hard to overlook, when starting System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager console, it will be shown clearly in the top: OK but lets

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There was an error connecting to VMware vSphere Update Manager

You might see this error after installing VMware Update Manager plug-in. There was an error connecting toVMware vSphere Update Manager. Database temporarily unavailable or has network problems. The problem here could be that you installed Update Manager with a remote SQL 2005, 2008 or 2012 database using Windows Authentication and

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VMware vCenter Server SQL problems

When installing vCenter server and you plan to use a external SQL 2012 server, you might see this error even though you already created the required System DSN: No system DSNs were found on this machine. Please create a DSN for your external database, and click the refresh button. One

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Rearming Office

When we include Office 2013 in our Build & Capture Task Sequences and use KMS (Key Management Service) we must always remember to rearm Office. If Office is not rearmed then 25 days after deployment your users will get a notification dialog right after deployment of their new Windows. This

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Office 2013 and OCT update

I know that this is for some old news, but I still see customers struggling with this problem. When you use the ISO Office Professional Plus 2013 with Service Pack 1 or Lync 2013 with Service Pack 1 from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), and customize installation with a

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Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10

Microsoft has now released ADMX files from Windows 10 as a downloadable file. Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 When I compare the downloaded ADMX files with my Windows 10, the following files are changed a bit: settingsync.admx PreviousVersions.admx And these are brand new: DeliveryOptimization.admx fileservervssagent.admx gamedvr.admx grouppolicypreferences.admx grouppolicy-server.admx mmcsnapins2.admx

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Has SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU1 been installed?

Cumulative Update 1 for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1 has been released https://support.microsoft.com/da-dk/kb/3074857 So once again it’s time to take a closer look at how to determine the installation status of this cumulative update, this time for SP1 CU1. After upgrading to System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2

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VSphere client unable to connect to vCenter 6

You might be unable to connect from your vSphere client to your new vCenter 6.0 server: The vSphere Client could not connect to xxxx. Connecting to Virtual Center is not supported by this client. You can use it to connect only to ESX server. But wait a moment we know

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Group Policy settings in Windows 10

Microsoft has released new Excel spreadsheet with information’s about the Group Policy settings in Windows 10. You can filter settings so you are able to see only new policies or for example only Microsoft Edge settings. Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows and Windows Server These spreadsheets list the policy

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WinPE versions

Ok we are booting into Windows PE but how do we determine / identify the version. First of all we need command support in the WIM file (F8), then in the command prompt we can use the command ver From Windows 10 PE (10): From Windows 8.1 PE (5.0): But

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Windows 10 KMS keys and KMS Server update

The default KMS keys used for volume licensing editions of Windows 10 has been published: KMS Client Setup Keys Operating system edition KMS Client Setup Key Windows 8.1 Professional GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 Windows 8.1 Professional N HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY Windows 8.1 Enterprise MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7 Windows 8.1 Enterprise N TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Standard

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Windows Profile versions

When using roaming profiles and Windows 10 you will notice that it creates V5 (version 5) profiles by default (.V5 extension) You might ask why version 5 but there is a good explanation: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 could create V3 and V4 if a hotfix were used and a

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Task Sequence environment not found

Update 05-08-2015 Unfortunately Cumulative Update 1 still have this problem: Description of Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 Original Post I have written before about the problem with software updates that require multiple restarts:

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System Center Endpoint Protection 4.8.204.0 Update

Microsoft has released an update for the System Center Endpoint Protection client. May 2015 antimalware platform update for Endpoint Protection clients The update are available from Windows update as explained here: Anti-malware platform updates for Forefront Endpoint Protection/System Center Endpoint Protection will be released to Microsoft Update. Newly deployed clients

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Problem with driver import and SCCM 2012 R2 SP1

I saw a new problem today with a driver for a Fujitsu Esprimo E700. The driver in question had a size of 215 MB before importing to SCCM. First thing to notice is that Validate Driver Information takes very long time: And there are lots of INF files in this

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Hotfix that breaks OSD

Just a fast warning: Yet another hotfix released that breaks SCCM OSD https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3069762 Microsoft has updated the article that explains the problem with multiple reboots: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2894518 Luckily if you have upgraded to SCCM 2012 SP2 or SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 you are able to fix this issue using the option

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Has SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 been installed?

Service Pack 1 for  System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 has been released for some time now see more here Announcing the availability of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2 Also note that it can be a little bit of a problem

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Modern Workplace consultant and a Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility.
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