MDT Deployment Workbench error with Server 2012

MDT 2012 Deployment Workbench on Windows Server 2012 will fail with the following error: “powershell is required to use the deployment workbench” The reason for this error is the execution policy in powershell. Solution: Run the following command from powershell


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WMI Code Creator

Microsoft have released a nice tool which help you create WMI queries. WMI Code Creator 1.0 is a powerful tool to create WMI queries without little or no programming skills. I use this frequently to retrieve the model name from computers that I need to target specific driver packages.


How to get the network access password from WinPE in SCCM.

My colleage at Atea, Oddvar Håland Moe, have written a script that dumps the password of the network access account from the boot image in plain text. This is why you never enable command line support in your boot images on a production network. Anyone will be able to retrieve the password during PXE boot / OS deployment.




Windows 8 Hotkeys

Windows 8 comes with many integrated hotkeys. Here is a list of the hotkeys currently available in Windows 8 using the Windows key.  


God Mode for Windows 8, 7 and Vista

When I first heard about this neat trick I thought it was a joke. But it’s not. It works and it’s awesome. GodMode is a special control panel that includes all windows settings from one windows. No more jumping between several windows to do stuff. How to enable God Mode in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.


Log files to troubleshoot ConfigMgr 2012 Client installation

These log files are useful to troubleshoot the errors with the configuration manager client. Log files on server. ccm.log – Client push installation log file. chmgr.log – Client health manager log file. cidm.log – Changes to the client settings by the Client Install Data Manager (CIDM). Log files on client. ccmsetup.log – Installation, client health, client upgrade and client removal. Very useful to troubleshoot client installation errors. ccmrepair.log – Repeair activites by the client. client.msi.log – Logs from the installation process of client.msi application. Also check out this TechNet article for more information about log files sin System Center Configuration Manager 2012.


SCCM: How to limit distribution point packages to one drive.

When you install a distribution point, you specify which drive it should use. When this drive is full, the distribution point will automatically start using another drive. For drives where you don’t want any packages from the distribution point, create an empty file with the name “NO_SMS_ON_DRIVE.SMS” and place it in the root of the drives. This trick works on both SCCM 2007 and SCCM 2012.




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Windows To Go with Windows 8

Windows 8 is getting closer release. One of the new cool features I look forward to is Windows To Go. It is Windows 8 installed on a usb stick and works as a live-usb installation. This can be used to test Windows 8 in your environment without messing up your installation. But it has much more potential than that.