Windows 10 Toast Notification Script Update: Check for Active Directory Password Expiration

Introduction

My Windows 10 Toast Notification Script has received another update, now being on version 1.4. What’s new and delicious are mentioned in details below.

Note: I know that expiring passwords are not ideal, but reality is that many still have them configured like so while trying to find their way out with Windows Hello for Business, Password-Less etc.

The toast notification might even serve as a good entry point into enrolling into WhFB when one are ready to do so. I’ll make an example of such in the future 🙂

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Modify Windows HOSTS file using SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) and Powershell

Introduction

I was just doing some work today where I needed to modify the content of the HOSTS file in Windows on a good bunch of devices. (This is the file being located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc)

I figured this is something anybody might find useful, so I wanted to share the Powershell script I ended up creating for the purpose.

For your convenience, I’m also illustrating how this can be used in combination with ConfigMgr as this was a requirement for automation purposes 🙂

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Windows 10 Toast Notification Script updated to version 1.3

Introduction

As the topic suggests; my Windows 10 Toast Notification Script has been updated to version 1.3 and here’s what’s new and delicious. 😀

Note: The screenshot below is intentionally in jibberish (danish). This is to illustrate that all text elements now are customizable through the config file.

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Windows as a Service: Example of fixing Compat Scan errors (A driver is installed that causes stability problems)

Introduction

Sooner or later you will encounter some Compatibility Scan errors with your Windows 10 upgrades.

And if you like me run the Compat Scan prior to the actual Windows 10 upgrade, you will have time to fix these errors before the end-user is aware. Clever, right? 😀

So this post is an example of such and is based on a really simple approach to fixing an incompatible driver. Curious? Read on 🙂

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Managing Microsoft Edge Chromium settings with SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager)

Introduction

The new Microsoft Edge Chromium browser is a real treat, and not too long ago this delicious new browser was deemed ready for testing in the enterprise.

Therefore I figured it would make a decent blog post to give some insights on, how you can manage the new settings using SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager).

I have previously shown how you can install Google Chrome extensions also using SCCM. This post is based on the same approach: https://www.imab.dk/forcefully-deploy-the-windows-defender-google-chrome-extension-using-configuration-manager/

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Send messages across your Windows 10 computers with SCCM and Toast Notifications

Introduction

First off, this is mostly an inspirational post and the script used here is the latest release of my Windows 10 Toast Notification Script.

Secondly, from time to time, I still see people in various forums asking how they can send popup messages to the computers in their environment using SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager).

So I figured it would make a decent and quick blog post, describing how one can do just that using my Windows 10 Toast Notification script.

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Getting started with Security Baselines: Moving from Group Policy to Microsoft Intune

Introduction

Another delicious feature went GA (General Availability) this week: Security Baselines in Microsoft Intune.

The Security Baselines in Intune is the equivalent to what we have done with Group Policy for some years now, and is basically a set of pre-configured Windows settings, which are recommended for the enterprise by Microsoft.

This post is not a typical A-Z guide, but rather a first look into the feature and what initial experiences I had with moving from Security Baselines with Group Policy to Security Baselines with Intune in a Co-management scenario.

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Configure OneDrive Known Folder Move with Administrative Templates in Microsoft Intune

Introduction

Short and sweet: Back in May 2019, Administrative Templates in Intune went from preview to General Availability. Back then the feature was released with a list of 277 settings. Not much, huh?

Today this will be extended by additional 2500 settings and among these will be the ability to configure OneDrive Known Folder Move. Exciting!

While the configuration of OneDrive Known Folder Move using Administrative Templates in Intune is pretty easy and straightforward, I figured it deserved a post here as well.

Also, initially when OneDrive Known Folder Move was introduced, I did this post on the topic: https://www.imab.dk/how-to-enable-onedrive-known-folder-move-using-sccm-system-center-configuration-manager/

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Windows 10 Toast Notification Script Update: Personal greeting and protocol based reboot

Introduction

Short and sweet. My Windows 10 Toast Notification Script have received a minor update. Now being at version 1.2. The changes mentioned in details below.

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Upgrade Windows 10 over the Internet with In-Place Upgrade Task Sequences and ConfigMgr

Introduction

This is not exactly an A-Z guide on the topic, but rather a story of my experiences with upgrading Windows 10 over the Internet with In-Place Upgrade (IPU) Task Sequence using ConfigMgr and how it works in my environment.

I’m using a Cloud Management Gateway (CMG) with enhanced HTTP as well as initially being connected to the on-premises infrastructure with Always On VPN. The VPN in this scenario is a user-initiated tunnel and thus obviously disconnects once the upgrade restarts the computer. It’s not completely without challenges and I will try to cover those during this post.

Curious? Read on 🙂

Oh yeah, seeing I now allow IPU to happen over the Internet, I also created something in Powershell App Deployment Toolkit which extraordinarily warns the user if the upgrade is being initiated from outside the office network. A preview of that in the end of the post 🙂

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