28 Jun.

Microsoft Intune End User Enrolment Guide Published

Last week the Enterprise Content Management Team published the Microsoft Intune Enrolment Guide in PDF and Word formats. The guide is customisable and provides high level instructions for users to be able to enrol their own Windows, iOS and Android devices .

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 1 Jun.

The Windows 10 Free Upgrade Program Commences

A very quick post… I just noticed a new Windows icon on my screen, and discovered it was the Free Upgrade program kicking in…






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 27 May.

Microsoft Intune Core Skills Jump Start Recordings on MVA


The recordings for this event and the accompanying presentations are now available on Microsoft Virtual Academy.

The following modules are included…

  • Why Microsoft Intune?
  • Intune Core Skills 101
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Conditional Access
  • Policy
  • Mobile Application Management





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 26 May.

From the Microsoft Australia SmartHQ site… Windows 10 is coming soon

I received this today from the Australian SmartHQ site and thought it was a good thing to pass along…

SmartHQ Microsoft
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Windows 10 is coming.

Dear Mark,

Join us on the journey as we get ready to launch the best Windows yet.

When will Windows 10 be available?
Release planned for Australian Winter 2015.

Windows 10 information and news
To find out about Windows 10 and to keep up to date with the latest Windows 10 news and announcements, visit the SmartHQ Windows 10 page found under SmartResources. Here you’ll find links to Windows 10 resources to help you become Windows 10 ready — links to videos and blogs, Training and Education and marketing resources.

Windows 10 upgrade offer
Great news! We will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year! See windows.com/windows10upgrade.

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Email us with what information you’d like to know on Windows 10 and we’ll use your feedback to build on the SmartHQ Windows 10 page.

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If you would prefer not to receive future promotional e-mails from Microsoft Corporation, please unsubscribe. These settings will not affect any newsletters you’ve requested or any mandatory service communications that are considered part of certain Microsoft services.

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 14 May.

Free ebook: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition

Ed Bott has released a new title, Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition.

Head on over to the Microsoft Press blog to see more details, and you can grab the PDF now.

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 14 May.

Windows 8.1 And The Application Compatibility Toolkit

Even though Windows 10 is on the horizon and front of mind for many, I thought I should share an earlier recording I made which covers using ACT for App Compat testing with Windows 8.1.

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 14 May.

Deploying Windows 8.1 With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

This is Windows 8.1 focused, but for those still looking for some deployment details this video I recorded a little while back may be useful.

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 12 May.

Microsoft Intune Mobile Apps Deployment Cheat Sheet List V1

This is by no means a comprehensive list, instead it’s the Microsoft apps I tend to deploy via Intune on a regular. If you have any suggestions for additions to this list let me know. Future updates will include a column for Windows 10 (including mobile) and Windows 8.1.

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 3 May.

The Latest Windows 10 Technical Preview Resources

There is an increasing amount of Windows 10 Technical Preview information available on microsoft.com, here are some of the resources focused on the Insider Preview.

Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview system requirements

What’s New In Windows 10

Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview: FAQ for IT professionals

Try it out: Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview

How to use Windows 10 Insider Preview

Release notes: Important issues in Windows 10 Insider Preview

Windows for IT Pros 

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 2 May.

Windows ADK Release Candidate available

The release candidate is now available, you can grab it here.

Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) RC for Windows 10 to install tools and documentation for OEMs and ODMs to customize Windows 10 images, assess the quality and performance of systems or components, and to deploy Windows operating systems to new computers. The Windows ADK includes Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD), the Windows Assessment Toolkit, the Windows Performance Toolkit, and several new and improved deployment tools that can help you automate a large-scale deployment of Windows 10.

What’s new in the Windows ADK

The Windows ADK now includes Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer, the Windows Assessment Toolkit, the Windows Performance Toolkit, and several new and improved deployment tools that can help you automate a large-scale deployment of Windows 10.

 Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD)

  • Quickly create a provisioning package that you can use to customize devices without re-imaging.
  • Build a customized Windows image for specific market segments and regions.

See Getting started with Windows ICD for more information.

Push-button reset incorporates system updates by default

Users can now refresh or restore their PCs to the updated version of the system files, instead of having to reinstall each update individually.

Partial language packs now available

Want to add more languages for users when they turn on their device? Instead of adding full language packs, save space by adding just the base user interface files for a language. Later, if your user needs handwriting or voice recognition capabilities, Windows can download them as needed.

For more information, see Language Packs (lp.cab) and Windows Deployment.

New package type: Capabilities

This new Windows package type lets you request services like Microsoft .NET or languages without specifying the version. Use the DISM tool to search multiple sources like Windows Update or your corporate servers to find and install the latest version.

Save space by running Windows from compressed OS files

You can now run Windows directly from compressed files. This is similar to WIMBoot, introduced in Windows 8.1 Update 1. This new process uses individual files instead of a static WIM file. When updating system files, Windows now replaces the old files instead of keeping both copies.

Windows Performance Analyzer Sharing and Collaboration

Developers can package and share their trace in a zip file along with their trace session, annotations, and (optionally) loaded symbols with Windows Performance Analyzer.

See What’s New in the Windows Performance Toolkit for more information.

Windows Performance Recorder Query Providers

Windows Performance Recorder now supports querying providers. ProcessExeFilter is an optional attribute, allows providers to filter specific processes by their corresponding executable name.

See What’s New in the Windows Performance Toolkit for more information.

Rather than performing the online setup, I prefer to do a local download first so that I can then install it on multiple PCs quickly without having to download everything again.

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