Upgrading SCCM 2012 R2 to ConfigMgr 1602

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A customer wanted to upgrade his current Windows 7 Enterprise devices to Windows 10. Right now he was running SCCM 2012 R2, so before I can start creating a Windows 10 task sequence first there some ConfigMgr upgrading has to be done. I started by downloading the SCCM 1511 bits, Windows ADK 10.0 (not the 1511 version!) and the HP WinPE 10.0 driver pack (since the customer is running HP devices only).

When all the bits were downloaded, the upgrade process can start!

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 Has Arrived!

 

We had to wait a couple of week (since the launch of Windows 10), but it’s finally there : MDT 2013 Update 1!

At the moment (August 19th) it’s not yet available at http://microsoft.com/deployment

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……… but Aaron has put a nice blogpost together over at the /MSDeployment Blog.

 

“The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 1 is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. This update requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, available on the Microsoft Hardware Dev Center. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to the section, “Customize, assess, and deploy Windows on your hardware.” The page also includes other Windows kits; remember for deployment you only need the Windows ADK for Windows 10.)

Significant changes in MDT 2013 Update 1:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10
  • Support for deployment and upgrade of Windows 10
  • Support for integration with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 with the Windows 10 ADK (see this post on the Configuration Manager Team blog for more information on using the Windows 10 ADK with Configuration Manager)

Here is a more detailed list of some specific changes in this release:

  • Support for new Enterprise LTSB and Education editions of Windows 10
  • Support for modern app (.appx) dependencies and bundles
  • Improved support for split image files (.swm)
  • Switched to using DISM for imaging processes (instead of deprecated ImageX)
  • Deployment Workbench revisions for deprecated content
  • Enhanced accessibility within the Deployment Workbench
  • Revised lists of time zones, regions and languages in the Deployment Wizard
  • Removed Start menu shortcut for “Remove PXE Filter”
  • Several MVP recommended fixes for Windows Updates, password handling, and PowerShell cmdlets
  • Added missing OOBE settings to Unattend.xml
  • Unattend.xml default screen resolution changed to allow for automatic scaling
  • Updated task sequence binaries from System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1
  • New GetMajorMinorVersion function for integer comparison of Windows version numbers

We are still working to update the MDT documentation on TechNet, so in the short-term will use this blog to share any additional necessary information regarding this release.”

 

 

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48595

Download the Windows 10 Administrative Templates

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Administrative templates. For the most part you already have them, if you have Windows 10 installed, but now you can install them even if you don’t yet have installed Windows 10 itself.

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After you have them installed, you can copy them to your GPO Central Store. Besides the ones already available in Windows 10, there are some new ones in the installer below :

 

  • Deliveryoptimization.admx
  • Fileserverssagent.admx
  • Gamedvr.admx
  • Grouppolicy-server.admx
  • Grouppolicypreferences.admx
  • Mmcsnapins1.admx
  • Terminalserver-server.admx
  • Textinput.admx
  • Userdatabackup.admx
  • Windowsserver.admx

Click here to download the Windows 10 Administrative Templates

How to get a Windows 10 exam for free!

Holly Dickson (of MS Learning) just posted a nice blog where you can read how to attend the upcoming Windows 10 exam for free! The only prerequisite is that you have earned the MCSA Windows 8 certification.

Earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification in Windows 8 between February 15, 2015, and May 31, 2015, and you’ll be eligible to take a Windows 10 exam (Exam 697) for free when it’s published later this year! The Windows 8 MCSA covers Windows 8.1, so you’ll be current and ready to move to Windows 10.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Prove what you know. Earn your MCSA: Windows 8 certification by choosing one of the paths below:

Step 2: When the Windows 10 Exam 70-697 is available (expected in the second half of 2015), sign in to https://www.microsoft.com/learning and register for the exam for free.

 

Windows 10 Examen

Source : BorntoLearn

Wanna trial a Lumia Smartphone?

Looking for a new phone, and not sure if Windows Phone is the way to go? Microsoft just announced that you can trial a Lumia for a period of two weeks. The only thing is that you have tell them why you want one….and maybe you can trial one for a period of two weeks.

“You’ve just taken the first step towards joining the world’s coolest community of smartphone creatives, explorers and go-getters! Getting a two-week trial of Lumia lushness is simple. Just let us know who you are, what great project you’re working on and how a Lumia could add to its finish. Regardless of whether you’re a tech blogger looking to do a review or a skateboarder eager to document a new trick, if we like what we hear we’ll be in touch.

And it doesn’t stop there. Once you’re part of the Connects community, you’ll be part of a movement that spans the globe. We’re here, there and everywhere doing mind-blowing mobile magic 24/7. To get a taster, check out our blog where we showcase the best of the best. Or for an even more regular hit of Lumia love, follow us on Twitter, where we share and care for the Lumia massive, worldwide. Tips, tricks, photos and films, you name it. If it’s done with a Lumia, we tweet it. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch today and let’s do something amazing together.”

Windows 10, Xbox Gaming, Surface Hub and HoloLens!

Today Microsoft has shown the latest build of Windows 10 during their ‘Windows 10 – the next chapter’ event which was held at the Microsoft HQ in Seattle.

Windows 10

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 customers. Only for the customers who upgrade their current version in the first year after launch. From that time Microsoft will keep that device, during it’s lifetime, up to date with new updates and features.

In the next 7 minutes during video Joe Belfiore shows some of the new features.

 

The lastest Technical Preview build of Windows 10 will become available somewhere in the next few days for members of the Windows Insider program. A Windows 10 Technical Preview build for Phones is scheduled for next month (February ’15).

Xbox One

Since Windows 10 will also become available on the Xbox One, it’s cool to see that Windows 10 Apps can also become available for the game console! If the wife wants to watch TV, you can simple stream your Xbox One game to your favorite Windows 10 pc or tablet and play your Xbox One game on that device, using your Xbox One game controller.

Microsoft Surface Hub

Windows 10 will also brings some nice stuff for business users….and meetings. Microsoft also announced a new device : the Surface Hub. It’s a 84″ big TV like device with a touch screen and camera’s, which can be used for presentations, conference calls, etc.

Microsoft HoloLens

One of the most futuristic things I have ever seen is the latest piece of hardware Microsoft announced, the HoloLens. With this pair of glasses it’s possible to project holograms in your living room. Check out the last video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aThCr0PsyuA

Conclusion

Microsoft has really announced some nice new stuff. When the new Technical Preview build arrives, I will check it out and write some more blogs about it…..and the same goes for the Windows 10 build for phones….I really can’t wait to install both versions!

Watch the Windows 10 Media Briefing Live

Just a few moments again Brandon LeBlanc posted a blog where he announced that we can all watch the Windows 10 Media Briefing (a.k.a. announcement of the Windows 10 Consumer Preview) live via http://www.microsoft.com/windows10story.

“An on-demand version will be available shortly after the event at the same link. We’re pretty excited about this event and to be able to talk about what’s next for Windows 10. You’ll hear directly from senior leaders from the Operating Systems Group including Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Phil Spencer as well as our CEO Satya Nadella!”

The event starts at 9:00 PST (What time in my region?) and will be hosted at Microsoft HQ in Seattle.

New Windows 10 build brings Notifications and Battery Saver

Today Microsoft has released a new build of their latest client operating system : Build 9860 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview. The new build will be installed automatically via Windows Updates, but if you can’t wait you have to press the Check now button at the Update and recovery section in the PC Settings. After that you can simply press the Download now button and Windows 10 will download the latest build from Microsoft.

When the download has finished you can install it by pressing Install now. The latest build will now be installed automatically and your pc will reboot several times during the process.

 

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New stuff
When the installation has finished I started looking for new stuff. I already heard about the Notification Center, but there is more….

  • Notification Center
  • Battery Saver
  • DataSense
  • Backup App Data
  • Check for Preview Builds Fast or Slow
  • New Network Settings
  • New Animation when maximize or minimize a window

Here are the screenshots ….

Notification Center

PC Settings - Battery Saver

PC Settings - DataSense

PC Settings - Backup App Data

PC Settings - Preview Builds - Slow Fast

PC Settings - Network - Manage

 

Source : Blogging Windows

Congrats, you’re an Insider!

The Insider Program is live, you can register (to download Windows Technical Preview) at http://insider.windows.com

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When you’re an Insider you can give feedback, get help….and also download the Windows Technical Preview. All three the links are still down at the moment, but you can probably access them around 9:00am PDT / 18:00 CET.

 

EMAIL
Shortly after you registered you will receive the following email :

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This are the links mentioned in the email: