Deploying Windows 8 Tablets via SCCM

Recently I need to deploy some HP ElitePad 900 tablets. These come partitioned and full of HP’s usual bloatware, so we wanted to start with a clean “slate” as it were. I’ve always found the posts at www.windows-noob.com to be a bit of a godsend. This post by @ncbrady was particularly helpful. With a few minor adjustments, you can make this work for the ElitePad too, and presumably any other windows tablet. Firstly, make sure you are deploying the correct architecture. The ElitePad is 32-bit, so make sure you are using the x86 Windows 8 image. Secondly, you don’t need to add any of the HP WinPE drivers to the boot […]

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Delete the Windows.old folder from a server

When performing an in place upgrade of your server, you are left with a folder called windows.old which you are unable to delete, even if you take ownership of it. Whereas in a client version of windows, you can remove this using the disk cleanup tool, this is not possible on Windows Server. For this you will need to follow the below procedure. From the start menu, type CMD into the search facility or run box, and then right click on it and “run as administrator”. Type the following at the command prompt, type the following and run then in sequence: takeown /F <DriveLetter>:\<FolderName>\* /R /A cacls <DriveLetter>:\<FolderName>\*.* /T /grant […]

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Device Collection by Internet Explorer version

Microsoft often release security bulletins that are specific to certain versions of Internet Explorer, or you may want to target machines running a specific version for a software update such as upgrading from that well loved favourite, IE6. SCCM allows you to arrange your machines into device collection automatically according to which Internet Explorer version they have installed. Please be aware when copy and pasting this code you may need to replace the quote marks, as this can cause a syntax error. You need to create a device collection that describes how you want the machines arranged. For instance, if you want to target machines that are not running Internet […]

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Error 0x80070070 during SCCM OSD Deployment

Occasionally when you are deploying a machine using system center, you might be presented with an 0x80070070 error just after you’ve chosen your task sequence, but before it starts in full.. In order for this to work, you must have command support turned on in your boot images. When the error is presented, press F8 to bring up a command prompt and enter the following set of commands: diskpart select disk 0 clean exit Then restart the deployment. This should allow you to deploy the machine without issues.

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Configure the default keyboard layout during login

This article is a recreation of an original post by John Savill which can be found at http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/configuration/how-do-i-configure-the-default-keyboard-layout-during-login–14867. You can change the keyboard layout using the keyboard control panel applet (start – settings – control panel – keyboard – Input Locales) however this does not affect the layout used during logon (which is by default English (United States). Make sure you select a country code that has been installed via the control panel or your system will not boot. To change this perform the following: Start the registry editor  (regedit.exe) Move to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload Double click on 1 and change the number to your local layout (you could get this […]

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Pop-up asking for a phonebook entry – SonicWall VPN Client

Whilst trying to connect to a SonicWall VPN recently, I came across the below prompt, which wouldn’t allow me on to the VPN:                 Thankfully the solution was fairly simple: Open the Sonic Wall VPN Client. Choose the VPN you are trying to connect to and then properties. Navigate to the peers tab and choose edit. At the bottom of the below pop up, change Interface Selection to “LAN Only”.                               Once you restart the VPN Client, you will be able to connect without issue.

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A workaround for getting the Exchange Management Console to work on Windows 8

Exchange 2010 out of the box is not supported on Windows 8. In order to get it to work you must first install .Net 3.5. This doesn’t always work using the add feature section so you can do an offline add from the Windows 8 DVD. Put the following in at a command prompt: Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:DVDLOCATION:\sources\SxS /LimitAccess   *Replace DVDLOCATION in the above command with the path to the windows 8 DVD. Once you have got that installed, you need to make a batch file and save it to your desktop as follows:   set __COMPAT_LAYER=RUNASINVOKER set COMPLUS_Version=v2.0.50727 “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin\Exchange Management Console.msc” exit     You can […]

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