PowerShell Script to detect ConfigMgr Task Sequence unfriendly Software Updates

Update: 15 Une 2014 – Added KB2965788 If you’re dealing with ConfigMgr and OS Deployment task sequences you’re probably aware of the KB article recently published by Microsoft called “Task sequence fails in Configuration Manager if software updates require multiple restarts”. Let’s hope the list of KBs causing this issue isn’t going to grow too much over time, in any case we’ve decided that we would continue to review the article whenever we add new Read More …

Group Policy setting’s behavior related to reboots, logoffs and schema extensions

The Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 now includes 3 additional columns providing additional information about each policy setting’s behavior related to reboots, logoffs, and schema extensions. Reboot Required: A "Yes" in this column means Windows requires a restart before it applies the described policy setting. Logoff Required: A "Yes" in this column means Windows requires the user to log off and log on again before it applies the described Read More …

How to Reboot or Shutdown WinPE

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 include the shutdown.exe command-line tool that can be used for shutting down or rebooting a system within a script or just from the command prompt. WinPE however is only a minimal operating system primarily designed to act as a preinstallation or recovery environment. To keep the footprint of WinPE as small as possible many services or tools usually found within a full Windows installation are not Read More …

Windows 7 RC Expiration dates

if you are still running Windows 7 RC you might have noticed the expiration notification, if not then be aware that as of March 1st 2010 your client will automatically reboot every 2 hours. Conclusion, it’s about time to move to RTM. More information here

Pending FileRename Operations

When installing Applications or operating system hotfixes the installation process sometimes requires replacing or deleting files that are in use, if that is the case these files can only be replaced or deleted during the next system reboot. When you plan to install multiple applications in a row you can run into the situation where an application cannot be installed due to a pending FileRename operation from a previous application installation. So if you plan Read More …