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Confirm Service Account Credentials The Easy Way with PowerShell (e.g. SCCM Network Access Account)

Sometimes you will have an AD Service Account configured and you might not be sure what the password is – a good example of this that sometimes catches me out is the SCCM Network Access Account. To safely test the … Continue reading

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Add CMTrace.exe to Computers Being Deployed via Task Sequence

To make sure you have CMTrace.exe available for use on machines that are deployed via SCCM Task Sequences you can add a “Run Command Line” task immediately after the “Apply Operating System Image” that copies the executable from the boot … Continue reading

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Use Task Scheduler to Schedule Server Reboot Out of Hours

You may from time to time have a requirement to reboot a server out of hours after implementing a change that requires a restart. Rather than logging in at Silly O’Clock at night you can use the Windows Task Scheduler … Continue reading

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Creating Custom WinPE 3.1 Boot Image (For Deploying Windows XP from SCCM 2012 R2) Automated via Batch File

Recently a customer wanted the ability to be able to rebuild Windows XP machines (!) via SCCM 2012 R2 by just adding machines into a rebuild collection. This doesn’t work out of the box with the version of WinPE that … Continue reading

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Log Into Windows Locally Without Entering The Computername Prefix Every Time

If (like me) you need to log in locally to Windows machines quite a lot, it can be an annoyance to have to type in the Computername prefix every time you need to do so e.g “CLIENT1\Administrator”. Luckily Microsoft have … Continue reading

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How Many Activations Do I Have Left On My Licence Keys?

To find out this information you’d normally have to go through the pain in the arse that is “telephoning Microsoft”. Far easier though is to import the keys into the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) and use it to check … Continue reading

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