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Detect and Elevate a PowerShell session

We’ve set out to help a customer with automation within their IT department.
Some daily tasks require an elevated prompt, there is no way around it. But it’s not obvious how to check if the current prompt is elevated, or how to elevate the session. So here is a how-to…

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Windows 8 can’t find WSUS updates

A customer of mine recently started deploying Windows 8 in their environment. MDT was set up and the deployment was working fine, but after deployment the Windows 8 machines wouldn’t connect to the WSUS server.

When trying to connect to the WSUS-server through the Control Panel I got an error message.

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Installing HP branded Windows on a Virtual server

My customer has bought a Hewlett-Packard server with a Windows Server 2012 ROK (Reseller Option Kit) license.
However this customer had some issues with the installation of the license on the Hyper-V guest server. Since the Windows server does not recognize the ‘hardware’ as a Proliant server, licensing will not succeed.

However there is a simple solution…

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Azure Backup internal error (ID: 130001)

When installing the Azure Backup Agent you need to supply your vault credentials.
If doing so incorrectly you will get the following error…

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Disable Hardware Acceleration in Outlook 2013

Not all computers work better with hardware acceleration, especially those with incompatible drivers.

A couple of users contacted me asking about “white screens” and freezes in Outlook 2013. The simple solution is to disable the hardware acceleration…

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SCCM Baselines: Update Compliance

There are numerous of ways to measure update compliance in an enterprise. Some prefer to just compare the compliance of a Software Update Group against a collection. The issue I’ve found with this is that when you release updates the compliance falls down to 0%…

Resetting Password for Specific OU

I created a powershell-script which will reset the password of all users in a specific Organizational Unit.

I prefer to set unique high-end passwords for all users. If you prefer a more ‘user friendly’ approach simply…

Remove Orphaned ADMX GPO values

A downside with the ADMX files is that when you update them, and the new files replace settings and values you end up with orphaned settings in your GPOs. In our example we had two orphaned registry values from a previous OneDrive ADMX.

MDT 2013 Set Computername with VBS

Back in 2012 I wrote an article about dynamically setting a computer name during a Task Sequence. Here is my updated and improved script. I’m currently setting up a deployment solution running SCCM with MDT 2013…