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Category Archives: MDT 2012

MDT 2013 – Introduction to Image Servicing Suite



This is what creativity is all about. Using MDT is the stepping stone into the deployment world. My good friend Robert Telford showed his latest development and it’s a imaging tool that will blow your sock off. Check out the video below for the introduction, plus stay tune for his 9 part series on the tool.

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MDT Sequential Computername Workaround???…..Finally!

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There are quite a few Windows Deployment Services fans out there who have decided to implement the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to spice up their OS deployments only to find out that MDT does not have the same machine Naming Policy as WDS :(

Sure you can use simple Visual Basic expressions to generate unique Computernames but what about the folks who just want to generate basic sequential computernames (SalesPC01,02,etc…)?

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Disable Windows 8.1 Store Feature

Disable Metro App Store

I’m not advocating that all Store Apps are terrible and that you shouldn’t use them. I just don’t think it should be useful in a working environment and I really don’t want my users browsing the store downloading the latest FaceBook  or Twitter metro app. There are other methods in doing this, but I like how the registry handles this task.

*note – copy and paste the code below into notepad and save it as a *.reg file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Disable Windows 8.1 Apps Store Feature

Disable Windows 8.1 Lock Screen


One of the most ignoring things about Windows 8.1 is the Lock Screen. You have to click on it to view your username so you can log into your machine. Okay, I understand it looks cool and it makes sense for a touch screen device like a tablet. But, come on not for a desktop user that just wants to log into their machine to work on that document that is due the next day. Here is a quick way in disabling the lock screen in Windows 8.1.

*note – copy and paste the code below into notepad and save it as a *.reg file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Disable Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

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