Ah, the joy of troubleshooting task sequences in Config Mgr! I spent a while on this one, having one task sequence performing a build and installing some software and another one while deploying that image. The deploy should also install driver applications, the one we love to hate, like bluetooth and fingerprint readers. Well, it failed multiple times to my great annoyance. Why it fails? Because software installations take place in the full OS, which occurs AFTER the step “Setup Windows and Config Mgr”. Once I moved my installations to after that, it worked flawlessly.
When you’ve installed Windows 8 it won’t let you edit certain settings until you’ve activated it. But to be able to do that you’ll need to enter your license key first. There’s no obvious way of doing that in the enterprise version, so just do it like it’s done in Server Core in three easy steps:
- Fire up CMD with administrative rights.
- Then you’ll just enter slmgr /ipk 12345-12345-12345-12345-12345<enter> Substitute 12345 with your key of course.
- When it’s done, just enter slmgr /ato to activate Windows.
Boom! You’re done!
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For those of us lucky enough to have either TechNet+ or MSDN subscriptions the final version of Windows 8 will be made available today. Most likely when someone in Redmond wakes up and presses the right buttons…
Monday morning and the downloads just pours out from Redmond!
A new beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials is available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30327. Now with some upped specs, from 25 users to 75. Which actually makes it quite useful. And no need to reinstall either like the old SBS.
The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool is available in a new and fresh version too. If you’re using this to keep your VM’s up to date it’s time to upgrade. Find it over at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30470.
Getting the MCSE – Private Cloud certification? You’ll need to pass 246 and the study guide that Keith gives away is really good. It contains links to videos and information on the products you need to know about. Find it at http://ajax.sys-con.com/node/2317622.
Before I checked this post out I wasn’t that enthusiastic either, but now I’ve downloaded 11 of them…
Take a look at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2012/07/27/large-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-for-you-including-sharepoint-visual-studio-windows-phone-windows-8-office-365-office-2010-sql-server-2012-azure-and-more.aspx to see which books are available.
Currently on vacation… Expect no updates 🙂
Just received the email from Microsoft being awarded the MVP award for the fifth year! It’s my fourth year as a Cluster / High Availability MVP, the first year was File Systems & Storage. Congratulations to all fellow MVP’s both in Sweden and abroad!