Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MVA - Windows 8.1 Deployment Jumpstart

I'm doing this one right now.
While there's no "jumpstart" for Windows 10, here's the one for Windows 8.1.

It's called "Windows 8.1 Deployment Jumpstart" and for everyone that's very familiar with Windows 7 deployment, it's a good refresh before heading up to Windows 10.

This course covers Windows 8.1 deployment end-to-end, talking about things like MDT, SCCM, litetouch, zerotouch, acronyms, dealing with drivers, creating master images, dynamic deployments, etc.

The hosts on this jumpstart are the "usual suspects":
  • Michael Niehaus
  • Johan Ardwidmark
  • Mikael Nystrom
  • Ben Hunter

To take this jumpstart from Microsoft Virtual Academy, just go here, and have fun!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Windows 10 - 10 Tips from Windows Central for the Technical Preview

Windows Central it's one of the best resources about Windows or Microsoft "world".
They usually have a lot of information about upcoming products with special focus nowadays on Windows 10 (for PC, for Phone, for...everything) and also about Xbox One.

They've published yesterday a nice article with 10 tips for everyone installing Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Take a look here:
10 Tips everyone should know after installing Windows 10 Technical Preview

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Windows Deployment - DISM - List injected drivers in table format

Have you ever needed to verify which drivers you've injected on your WIM file?
Ever been asked to get a list of the injected drivers for a report and needed to take a lot of time just creating tables and formatting the information for reporting?

Well, here's a nice tip that can save you a lot of time!

Follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows ADK command-prompt as Administrator

  2. Mount your WIM file on disk, for example:
    DISM /Mount-Wim /WimFile:D:\ISOS\Win81\sources\install.wim /index:1 /MountDir:D:\MountPoint

  3. Now, just use the above command to get all inject drivers and format the output:
    DISM /image:D:\MountPoint /Get-Drivers /format:table

And there you go! Nice format list of injected drive on your WIM! :)

Windows 10 for Phones - Quick look with Joe Belfiore

With the announcement today from Microsoft's Gabe Aul, that Windows 10 for Phone will have a new technical preview released tomorrow (10th April), and that this new testing version will be available for a larger number of Lumia devices, here's a nice video from Joe Belfiore showing of some of the features that'll be available soon.

But first, the official list of Lumia equipments eligible for the new build:

  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 530 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 630 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 730 Dual SIM
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Windows 10 - New installation interface image and video leaked

Windows 10 Install scree

Commited to change almost everything, but in a good way (!), on Windows 10 interface, it seems Microsoft also took some time change the Windows installation appearance.

An anonymous source leaked this on OSBetaArchive forums and there are reports stating that Neowin did it too..

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 Preview Available

With the probability of Windows 10 to be launched this summer, IT starts to think about it and should be prepared to it's deployment as soon as possible.

Because creating a new reference/gold image of a new operating system can bring new issues and challenges it's important to get to know the OS, the new features and the deprecated features also.
This makes it easier for IT guys to orchestrate the OS deployment and to know what to install, what not to install, which phase to apply that configuration, etc.

So, to start planning and testing, Microsft made available a month ago Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 (MDT 2013 Update 1) Preview.
Obviously take in count the word "Preview". This release it's meant to "lab only" and to submit suggestions and bugs to product team (Enterprise Client Management), through Microsoft Connect website.

I'll probably talk a little more about this new release further this month, but for now, here's the official information.

What's new with MDT 2013 Update 1 Preview:

  • Support for the Windows 10 Technical Preview (LTI only) and the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10 Technical Preview
  • Split WIM support for UEFI media scenarios
  • Completely revised Windows version logic including changes from string to integer comparison ("10" !> 6 but 10 > 6)  and a new ZTIUtility function, GetMajorMinorVersion
  • Minor revisions  to Deployment Workbench console interface

If you want to try MDT 2013 Update 1 Preview and give feedback, you should follow these steps:

  • Download the installer from the MDT Connect Portal.
  • Download the prerequisite Windows ADK for Windows 10 Technical Preview from the Windows Insiders program. See this post for further information on how to obtain it.
  • Try MDT 2013 Update 1 Preview and submit bugs, suggestions and feedback via Connect Portal

New members must first join the MDT Group of the Client Enterprise Management program on Connect

Monday, April 6, 2015

Windows 10 - Presenting "Windows Hello" and "Windows Passport"

Microsoft's its determinate to make Windows 10 the best O.S. ever launched. On top of that it's the new approach from the company to listen to users feedback.

The new features announcement it's almost daily and here's another one.
Thinking about new ways for a user to login and making sure that it's really who he says to be,

Microsoft presented "Windows Hello", which users biometric signatures, like iris or fingertips, to allow a quick and secure login. Although this kind of security it's available for a long time, Microsoft it's now incorporating it natively on Windows 10.

It was also announced "Windows Passport", which allows a more secure, comfortable and seamless process to the typical user/password access.

Project Spartan - Cortana Integration

Following the hype around the future Microsoft's web browser, it seems everyday we get news about it, making it somewhat difficult to get all the info together.

WinBeta it's one excellent source to get news about the upcoming Microsoft features like Spartan web browser and obviously about Windows 10.

They've recently launched a video (in fact a series of videos) about Spartan features.
This video it's about Spartan and Cortana integration. It seems that Cortana will really be everywhere and  everything!