Adding DaRT to 2PS iPXE

The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (aka DaRT) is a powerful toolset that is available to Software Assurance customers. Johan Arwidmark recently wrote a post called Back to Basics – Reset the Windows 10 Admin Password using DaRT that covers the steps for creating the recovery media. The DaRT Recovery Image Wizard will generate a…

Lord of the Deployment Rings

If you have been involved with any kind of Windows deployments or Windows Update deployments in the last five or so years, you probably heard of the concept of deployment rings. Microsoft has been pushing this concept ever since they have moved to an ‘as a Service’ model for Windows 10 and other Microsoft products…

How to easily launch CMTrace

Over the years I have gotten in the habit of dropping CMTrace.exe into the System32 directory so that it is in the path and easy to launch. I had also been adding it to WinPE since before it was called CMTrace. In Configuration Manager Current Branch 1802, the ConfigMgr Team granted one of my UserVoice…

Optimizing Win10 OS Upgrade WIM Sizes

If you are using the full Win10 media to perform OS upgrades (like using a Configuration Manager Task Sequence), then you are going to want to put the install.wim on a diet. In addition, if you are servicing your WIM with the latest patches, you want to make sure that you are doing it in a way that…