When Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17672 showed up yesterday morning, I thought I was in for an easy ride. With three horses in that race, only one finished in a reasonable amount of time. Here’s the story…
Though there are some gotchas along for the ride on the Windows 10 April Update, Build 1803, by and large this latest release is workable and functional. IT pros will want to start testing it in their labs for eventual deployment, if they’ve not yet worked with this release.
In a sudden surprise move, Dell announces on April 21, 2018, that it is delivering AutoPilot PCs to customers in the USA, Canada, and parts of Europe starting NOW.
Lenovo announced this week that it will start supporting Windows AutoPilot as the first Microsoft OEM Partner to do so. This excerpt from that post states the benefits: For the first time, IT Administrators will have the option to leverage Lenovo’s direct integration with Windows Autopilot’s capability to register Lenovo PC’s to their Azure Active
Final phase of this project is to sysprep customized Windows image, capture it to a WIM file, and create an ISO for completely automated installation. Create a Checkpoint On your reference Hyper-V VM, create a checkpoint before proceeding. Select Action > Checkpoint in Virtual Machine Connection window, name the checkpoint as you wish, click YES to
With the answer files complete, now it’s time to install Windows 10 on a reference Hyper-V virtual machine. You can naturally use any other virtualization platform for this, or even a spare physical PC, but I prefer Hyper-V and recommend it highly. To get started with Hyper-V in case you are not familiar with this
OK, now it’s time to create an answer file to automate Windows Welcome (OOBE). To do that, please launch the Windows SIM and create a new answer file (File > New Answer File). Because you already created the catalog file in a previous post in this series (Part 2) you don’t have to go through the
Installing Windows 10 is done in three phases: Boot from install media, run Windows Setup (when done, restart is required) Configure hardware devices (one restart during, one restart when done) Windows Welcome (OOBE) In normal clean install, user interaction is required in phases 1 and 3, phase 2 being run automatically without user interaction.
Boot & forget Of all the operating systems I know, Windows is the most versatile and flexible when it comes to setting up totally automated, unattended “hands free” install media. Pretty much everything you might want to do can indeed be done. It’s just a matter of knowing how! In this series of posts, we
Thursday marked the second and final day of Microsoft’s Amsterdam Tech Summit. Leaving immediately after the last session, I managed to get myself to Amsterdam’s Main Railway Station about 15 minutes before my train departed. After a stressful journey of over 8 hours on a train filled with people travelling for the four-day Easter