Month: September 2015

MDT 2013 Update 1 – Re-released – Upgrading

So yesterday the re-release of MDT 2013 Update 1 was RTMed. This means that a number of the current bugs have now been fixed. Please do note that not everything has been fixed and a couple of issues still requires workarounds.

So first things first, if you have MDT 2013 Update 1 Techincal Preview there is no supported upgrade path. MDT2013U1 TP has to be uninstalled and a new installation needs to take its place. Also note that MDT2013U1 requires ADK10, and if you plan to integrate with Configuration Manager make sure you have a ADK10 supported version of Configuration Manager.

The installation in itself is straight forward, just keep klicking next unitl its says finish =)

Integration with Configration Manager is done as before. Start the integration component and choose integrate.

Now on to why im writing this post. There are ALOT of changes in the re-release. This means among other things the Templates have recived a number of updates. Make sure you create new Task Sequences to incorporate all the fixes. To name one, take a look at the picture below. To the left is the re-released version of MDT and to the right is the previous version. If you look at the format and partion steps you can see that they differ alot.

MDTupdate

All your custom settings, steps, applications etc can easily be transferd from and old TS to a new one using copy and paste. Yes that has been working for some time for entire blocks of settings. So if you have done as many do created a group of settings, the entire group can be copied over.

The issue where bootimage creating is failing due to fast disks in ADK10 is sitll around as that is a problem with ADK10. Please use the appropriate workarounds for that!

There are also a number of other issues that are addressed. Read more about them in the post from Aaron here http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/archive/2015/09/15/mdt-2013-update-1-re-released-build-8298.aspx

The actual download of MDT 2013 Update 1 can be found here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48595

Happy Upgrading!

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Windows Defender – the “managed antivirus”

The ever ongoing discussion on what antivirus to use Windows Defender is most of the time not an option as it cannot be managed. Well since that is not really true I tought I put together a small report to show off that it can be done and be presented in a easy way to management as well.

A while back Microsoft decided that all features and teams must deliver PowerShell comptability for the feature or product and Windows Defender is no exception so with a couple of easy steps we can get all the computers and then get the relevant information from each computer.

The script sampled here will output a simple csv file containg the information most look for, engine version, antivirus defintion version, antimaleware definition version, computername, time since last update etc. Since this is a csv file it can easily be imported into excel and manipulated to suit your needs.

As seen in the screenshots the default output is a bit messy but as seen in the second screenshot it can easily be tuned to look quite nice.

PreClean

AfterClean

The script can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/1TAcUNO

As a last note, using powershell defender can also be modifed to support diffrent rules, exceptions, scan times etc. This is provided as a sample to show you don’t need a big infrastructure to manage antivirus.

/Peter

Techdays 2015 – Mikael Nyström and Markus Lassfolk

So in Sweden we have this yearly conference called Techdays and since two of my co-workers will have a couple of session I think you come see if you will be there. And of course you will be there, right?

Check out the session with Markus Lassfolk (MVP Datacenter and Cloud) here:

http://tdswe.kistamassan.se/Program-2015/Sessioner/Introduction-to-Azure-Pack-and-Azure-Stack-OnPrem-solutions
http://tdswe.kistamassan.se/Program-2015/Sessioner/Pre-Conf-Next-Generation-Datacenter-and-Cloud

http://tdswe.kistamassan.se/Program-2015/Sessioner/Shifting-from-a-legacy-datacenter-to-a-modern-datacenter

and of course Mikel Nyström will be there as well and doing the following sessions.

http://tdswe.kistamassan.se/Program-2015/Sessioner/Windows-Server-2016-What-s-new
http://tdswe.kistamassan.se/Program-2015/Sessioner/Pre-Conf-Next-Generation-Datacenter-and-Cloud

http://tdswe.kistamassan.se/Program-2015/Sessioner/Learn-the-modern-datacenter-Building-cloud-in-a-yellow-case

Hope to see you there!