Nomad, WinPE and Assumed Link Speed

Lately, we have been ramping up our OSD in one of our test environments. One of the servers that hosts some of our test VMs sits behind a pretty solid firewall with only the required ports open for Configuration Manager traffic. OSD was rocking and rolling along and then we started to ‘Nomadize’ the Task…

Using MBR2GPT with Configuration Manager OSD

[Update 4/5/2017] This post was based on the MBR2GPT that was released with the Windows Insider build 15007. There are a few things that have changed since then – the /silent switch has been replaced with the /convert switch. Also, it is highly recommended to run MBR2GPT from WinPE 1703 (this is required for earlier…

Getting Started with MBR2GPT

In my previous post, BIOS to UEFI made easier with Windows 10 Creators Update, I uncovered a hidden gem in the 15007 build of the Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview called MBR2GPT. The benefits of this MBR to GPT conversion utility is that it makes it easier to convert systems from BIOS to UEFI and…

PXE Booting in the Real World

At the Midwest Management Summit today in the 7 AM OSD Birds of a Feather session, there was a lot of discussion around troubleshooting PXE booting issues. A reference was made to a session that Troy Martin and I gave at the 2014 Midwest Management Summit called PXE Booting in the Real World. Troy put together…