October 2014 Meeting Notes

Written by Fred Bainbridge.

Mikael Nystrom made a last minute arrival to Minnesota and so we had a December meeting.  The attendance was outstanding.  Thank you to Coretech for food and drink.  Thanks to Nash Pherson for closing the night out with some server OSD.  (Sorry I missed it so no notes)

Anyone wanting a trial of the Coretech Dashboard can simply email Dashboard at coretech.dk and request it.

Windows 10 Notes –

  1. Create ref image

  2. Implement IE11

  3. App compat (not a real problem)

To do an in place upgrade you have to use the windows 10 official media, not your own.  Including windows updates, those cant be in the ref. image.

IE will be the biggest blocking issue for the next generation of windows.  IE11 must work, no way around it.

Win10 is shimming each application, allowing each application to run in whatever mode it is requesting.  i.e. win7, win8.1, etc.  This does not apply to applications that have a manifest file for Win10.   App compat toolkit is going away.  Each application is automatically shimmed.

IE11 enterprise mode when enabled it actually IE8, not an emulated IE8.

IE11 works per tab, per page….

TACKLE YOUR IE11 problems today to make your Win10 deployment easy.

New WMI Classes are created for ConfigMgr that you can inventory to determine what is used in enterprise mode, this will gather a large browsing history per user.

This information can also be gathered via a webpage too.  Not a complex page.  This is done via GPO, enable enterprise mode and then set the URL to whatever server you setup to collect this info.

Use enterprise mode list site manager to view the data in a readable way.  You can edit the way IE11 handles sites as well from this.  It can create XML files that can be used for managing IE11 and how it chooses what sites to put into enterprise mode or not.  

This data is all on http://deploymentbunny.com

REFERENCE IMAGE –

  1. Pick and choose proper applications

  2. Automate it!

  3. Clean up the image before sysprep'ing

    • For windows 8+ -> dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /resetbase <- removes the patch uninstallers (creates a new baseline)
    • Restart the computer before you run the cleanup script.

Office, App-V and Ue-V are in the image for the deployment bunny. Other MDOP tools can be added to the image if needed.  (MBAM)

You can add windows 10 patches to a reference image by adding them to WSUS.

How?  Go to windows update catalog and then search for technical preview, and then select all and add them to the cart.  In the cart there is an option to add the patches directly to WSUS.  You will get a new catalog item in WSUS after this called Technical Preview.

You can run orchestrator run books as part of a deployment.

SCORCH Target

Written by Brian Mason.

Just wanted to send this out to the group about a job opportunity here at Target Corporation.

We are looking for a Orchestrator Admin for a 1 year contract position with the possibility of a permanent hire depending on performance and how you can drive the Orchestrator Platform forward over the next year. This position would also be involved with SCVMM and our internal cloud environment and would assist with implementing SMA or wherever Microsoft goes with the new automation tools.

We would prefer a local resource but are willing to look at remote access with the requirement to travel onsite periodically.

If you are interested, let me know and I can get your resume to the hiring manager.

Tony.Wolyniec at target.com

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