Entries by Michaja van der Zouwen

Help! Telnet not installed!

If you’re a system administrator the following has probably happened to you: you’re trying to troubleshoot a connection issue to a service in the environment and you want to test if a specific port is open on the destination machine. Being the veteran that you are you immediately turn to the trusted telnet command only […]

Preserve audio volume and mute in RES One Workspace

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com. RES One Workspace has a lot of great options to preserve your settings between sessions. But some settings are not as easy to capture because there’s no file or registry setting for them. One of these troublemakers is the volume of the audio. […]

Capture multiple images using one MDT task sequence

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com. If you deploy images in your environment that are very similar, meaning one has a few more applications installed than the other, then this is the blogpost for you! In this blogpost I’m going to share a script with you that will allow […]

RES One Automation PowerShell Module

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com. When you’re a system administrator and a PowerShell enthusiast a single solution to a problem can result in something big and elaborate. A while ago I was implementing a MDT environment for a customer. I wanted to fill the MDT database with all existing […]

Configure WER User-Mode (Application) crash dumps PowerShell-style

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com. When you’re a system administrator you’re likely to encounter a few application crashes during your career. In order to troubleshoot these crashes Windows Error Reporting (WER) comes in handy. It can be configured so that full user-mode dumps are collected and stored locally after a […]

Copy AD group memberships from a source user to other users

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com One of those mondaine tasks you get to do as an IT administrator is assigning users to security groups for access to resources in the domain. Usually, when you ask the person making this request which security groups the user account needs membership […]

Change network connection category using PowerShell

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com   I recently came across an issue with PSRemoting to a Windows 7 XenDesktop VM. I discovered remoting was disabled on the remote system because one of the network connections was a Public connection (it was the PVS connection). To change this using PowerShell is […]

Create a custom Deployment Wizard pane for Updates (MDT)

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com One of the great things about the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is that it’s a very open product. All the scripts are customizable, including the Deployment Wizard. We can add new functionality to the deployment procedure and add wizard pages so we can […]

Add WSUS Target Group option to MDT deployments

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com One of the great features you get when deploying a Windows operating system using my favorite deployment tool, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), is the ability to update the OS using either Windows Update or a local WSUS server. The latter is obviously preferred […]

Screensaver not working in a XenDesktop VDI environment

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog – https://itmicah.wordpress.com I was troubleshooting some RES Workspace Manager (RES WM) issues in a customer’s XenDesktop 7.x (Citrix) environment when I came across the following issue: The screensaver didn’t start automatically, even though I had forced a screensaver through RES WM. After some research I’d come to […]