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Migrating from Windows Internal Database (WID) to External SQL (WSUS 4 on Server 2016)

The following are the steps I used to migrate from a WSUS 4 Windows Internal Database on Server 2016 to SQL Server 2016 hosted on another Windows Server 2016 server. First, stop the WSUS and IIS Admin services Stop-Service -Name “IISADMIN” … Continue reading

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ConfigMgr – Find Package or Deployment Name by ID

The following SQL will allow you to find the package or deployment name based on the Deployment ID/Offer ID. SELECT CollectionID ,OfferID ,Description FROM DeploymentSummary WHERE OfferID = ‘PKG00000′ Where PKG00000 is the ID of the deployment you’re trying to find.  

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ConfigMgr 1606 Move Database from SQL 2008 to SQL 2016 on separate server

The following steps are how I moved an existing Windows Server 2008 R2/SQL 2008 ConfigMgr database residing on the site server to a separate standalone install on Windows Server 2016/SQL 2016. Install SQL 2016, only “Database Engine Services” and “Reporting … Continue reading

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Windows 10 and SMART Notebook 11.4

While attempting to install SMART Notebook 11.4 on a base install of Windows 10, my install kept rolling back after reaching Step 4 of 6 (Publishing Product Information) After turning on MSI logging for the installation, I saw the following … Continue reading

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Windows 10 – Start Menu Customization

I wanted to customize the Windows 10 Start Menu so that it had a standard interface for all new users. There is a GPO that can do this, however it also locks the user out from pinning their own programs … Continue reading

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Windows 10 – Remove Modern Apps

While building a Windows 10 Image with Configuration Manager, I wanted to be able to remove most Windows 10 Modern (Metro) apps, yet keep a handful of them. I wanted to keep the Modern apps for “Alarms & Clock”, “Calculator”, … Continue reading

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Office 2016 KMS Activation

If you’re installing on Windows Server 2008 R2, make sure you have KB2757817 installed. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757817 First the Office 2016 Volume License Pack needs to be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49164 After installation, the installer will prompt for the product key and to set up the Volume … Continue reading

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