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SCCM | Set Power Scheme & Options in a TS

One thing that can really help a customers experience is selecting the appropriate power plan when building a task sequence. Enabling High Performance when needed can really improve the speed of the machine or setting what happens when the lid of the laptop is closed. To do this whilst building your laptops is really easy […]

Powershell | View AD Schema Version

We’ve currently been implementing Windows Hello for Business. One of the pre-reqs was to extend our AD schema to Server 2016. This is how to view what your current AD schema is set to. Logon to a domain controller Open Powershell ensuring to run as administrator Type in the following code: Get-ADObject (Get-ADRootDSE).schemaNamingContext -Property objectVersion […]

SCCM | Change Win 10 Start Button Context Menu

With new shortcuts on offer in Windows 10 its a lot easier for users to navigate but harder for admin to hide applications and features which users shouldn’t be using. By default the context menu for the start button has a number of applications which you don’t really want to advertise to standard users. Things […]

SCCM | Installing an Application via TS from specific OS version

Adding applications into the task sequence can reduce the amount of time it takes to setup new devices for users. Ensure the correct applications are installed can be achieved by setting WMI queries on the task sequence step. To be more granular with the deployment you can specify which build version of Windows 10 can […]

Group Policy | Installed Applications Missing from All Programs

When logging onto the new machine I noticed that all of the installed applications had disappeared after a recent change to group policy. When unticking the Link Enabled option for the policy all of the programs came back. The group policy setting below was causing all apps to disappear except the application which was installed […]

MCSE Certification Paths

With Microsoft constantly adding, amending and removing exams, where exactly do you want to head for…….. and more importantly how do you get there? The Aim The end product of doing these Microsoft exams is to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. There are multiple ways to obtain an MCSE which I’ve covered below: There […]

SCCM | SQL Agent service is not running

Overview Below error appears when creating a report subscription. ‘The SQL Agent service isĀ  not running’.         Issue Unable to create report subscription. Resolution RDP onto the SQL server hosting the SCCM database Open SQL Server Configuration Manager Select ‘SQL Server Services’ in the left hand pane. On the right hand pane […]

Windows 10 | 1803 Features

With Windows 10 1803 build finally arriving to Insider Preview slow ring, what new features are going to be available. Major changes include: Start Menu Action Centre Cortana Notebook UI Nearby Sharing (similar to Apple’s Airdrop feature) Windows Hello You can now configure face, fingerprint, or PIN security with a new option available in the […]