Friday, July 31, 2015

Windows ADK for Windows 10 Available

With the general launch of Windows 10 worlwide, Microsoft also launched the final release of Windows ADK for Windows 10.

Although there's not yet a final version of Microsot Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 1, the product team it's working hard to get it available during August.

To download the Windows ADK for Windows 10, follow the link bellow and scroll down to "Customize, assess, and deploy Windows on your hardware" section:
Download kits and tools for Windows 10

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Windows 10 Launch - All you need to know!

Today it's the day that will be a new history mark for Microsoft.
It's also an historic mark for the IT world.
The biggest ever operating system launch has started worldwide and Windows 10 it's starting to rollout to more than 190 countries.

Microsoft created a website for the launch, with FAQs, media assets, quick guides, and a lot more, of information needed and to clarify any doubts that a user still have.

So, go ahead and upgrade your world:
Windows 10 Launch - Upgrade Your Wolrd

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Windows 10 Insider Builds - Installing Insider Hub App

I think that with Windows 10, Microsoft really done a great job with Insider Hub.
For the first time, Microsoft could test, change and improve a lot of things in a very early state of its OS almost since day 1 and on a global way.

I believe that with this brilliant step, Microsoft can really have one of it's greatest moments when Windows 10 gets to RTM and general consumers.

Since a few insider builds back, the Insider Hub (the app to get news, quests and announcements for insiders) stopped from being pre-installed.

If you want to install it again, follow this steps:

  1. Go to Settings, Apps & Features
  2. Click Manage Optional Features and then click Add a Feature
  3. Slide down to Insider Hub e click Install
  4. Done!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Oracle Java - Centralized Management and Control

With the release of Java 7 Update 51 and the introduction off the Exception Site List, Oracle just made IT Administrators life...more complicated.
In the search for a way to get back in control over the enterprise desktops and laptops, I've found a way not only to manage Java's Control Panel but also a way to manage the Exception Site List.

On an enterprise with more than 8000 machines to manage, obviously we get a lot of the work done using GPOs so...we needed something similar to make it possible to quickly change whatever we want in a system-wide perspective.

On a default Java installation, the Java Control Panel settings are managed using the file located on "%APPDATA%\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\" but of course, this is a per-user configuration.
Fortunately this can be bypassed using a file called deployment.config that point to a system-wide file.

Now..with no further delays, here's what you need to do:

deployment.config File

This file is used to specify where the file is located and if it's mandatory or not. On this file you only have to set 2 parameters, here's an example:

deployment.system.config.mandatory=true File

This file manages Java Control Panel settings. For a complete list of parameters, go to

So, here's an example of what you can do with






#SET EXCEPTION SITES LIST PATH\:/Windows/Sun/Java/Deployment/exception.sites

exception.sites File
Here, you'll enter an url per line for the website you want to whitelist and nothing more is needed.

Pushing the files to all your network
So, now that you have the 3 necessary files, you'll need to put the on the machines. There are several ways to do it, I'll explain here what was the best approach for me, which was, using Group Policy Preferences (GPP).
  • Put the 3 files you've previously created on a network share accessible to all machines
  • Now, create or open an existing GPO and navigate to Computer Configuration -> Preferences -> Windows Settings -> Files
  • Create 3 file properties matching the name of the 3 files you've created. In each file you'll need to give it an action, a source and a destination path (where the destination path needs to match what you've configure for deployment.system.config.
    For example
    Action: Replace
    Source File(s): \\sharename\javapolicies\
    Destination File: %windir%\Sun\Java\Deployment\
  • At the end, you'll have something similar to this:

And...your done!
After this, just restart the machines so the GPP it's applied.
Everytime you'll need to make a change on Java configuration or add a new website to the Exception Site List, you'll just need to add it centrally!

Hope this helps anyone with similar issues.