Infrastructure as Code – Deploy Azure VNet with dynamic subnets

A frequently asked question about rolling out Azure VNet with different subnets in a infrastructure as code environment is where and how to define the subnets in your Azure ARM template. In the most examples online the number of subnets is configured in the template and the name and addressPrefix is configured in the parameter file. The big disadvantage with this scenario is that when you deploy a VNet with for example two subnets and later you decide to add more subnets you have two choices both of which are uncomfortable for an Infrastructure as code release pipeline. Continue reading “Infrastructure as Code – Deploy Azure VNet with dynamic subnets”

Move Azure VM with Managed Disk to another Resource Group

At the moment of writing this blog it’s unfortunately not possible to move an Azure VM with Managed disk to another Resource Group or to another Description. However, Microsoft says on the Azure Portal that this will be possible in the near feature. For the time being, I have chosen to write a small PowerShell script that will do the move fully automated for you. At the moment the only way to move an Azure VM with Managed Disk to another resource group is redeploying the VM. To achieve this you need to perform the following steps (some from the portal and some from PowerShell) manually:

  1. Shutdown VM
  2. Collect the required information like Networking, VM size, Storage etc.
  3. Create a Snapshot
  4. Create or use an existing Azure Storage Account to copy the Snapshot to
  5. Remove the VM
  6. Create a new Azure VM in the new Resource Group with the collected information and Snapshot disk from the Azure Blob
  7. The Azure VM will start automatically, check if the VM functions as it should and remove the Snapshot and Azure Storage Account.

As you can see there are about 7 steps needed to move an Azure VM with a Managed Disk. The script that I have written will do all the steps automatically with only 3 variables that you need to define while running the script. Continue reading “Move Azure VM with Managed Disk to another Resource Group”

Install KMS Host License Pack for Office 2010 on Windows Server 2016

Currently when you try to install the KMS Host License Pack for Office 2010 on a Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10 you receive the following error message:

The cause of this problem relies in the VBS script that is being triggered at the end of the installation. In order to install the KMS Pack on newer operating systems than Windows server 2008R2 you need to perform the following steps:

  1.  Run KeyManagementServiceHost_en-us.exe until the error message appears. Don’t click OK.
  2. Go to the folder “C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\OfficeKMS” and copy the folder to somewhere like (C:\Temp\OfficeKMS)
  3. Click OK on the error message and press ENTER to close the program.
  4. Open the folder with the copy (C:\Temp\OfficeKMS) and edit the file kms_host.vbs:
    1. Search for the line 
    2. And replace it with the line below, this line just says that Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 (both having version number 10) are also supported:
    3. Start Command prompt with administrative permissions, run the command below and follow the wizard.
Greetings, Pouyan

Office 2016 Customization

Disable Office 2016 – First things first Prompt

When you first launch Office Click to Run or Office 2016, you will get a First things first dialog box come up like below. Users will always click accept, what other choice do they have?

You can  disable this by configuring the below Registry key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Registration]
“AcceptAllEulas”=dword:00000001

Disable Office 2016 Default File Types Dialog

Another thing I disable on my desktop builds is the Office 2016 Default File Types prompt as shown below. Normal users will not understand what it means. All they will do is ask questions.

Use the registry key below to stop it appearing :

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\General]
“ShownFileFmtPrompt”=dword:00000001

~Pouyan

Disable F12 confirmation at PXE boot into WinPE

When you are performing a PXE boot, most of the time you need to press F12 to trigger the PXE boot action. Then after connection is initiated with the PXE server, the boot rom image asks for the F12 key to be pressed again. If the key is not pressed, the machine will continue to boot normally into the installed OS (if available). This can be confusing for some Admins because they except the client to boot through to the Boot image, or maybe they want to create a fully automated OSD Deployment. Continue reading “Disable F12 confirmation at PXE boot into WinPE”

Distribute Office Click-To-Run via Microsoft Intune (MDM) – Part 2

You might have tried following this guide in order to deploy Office Pro Plus (Click-to-Run) via Intune, resulting in the MSI being deployed but the Office bits not being streamed. I’ve found many people in my inbox struggling and eager to find a solution. I’m glad that Pouyan Khabazi and Paul Huijbregts (both from Wortell) have spent time investigating and came with a workaround/fix. This guide is 100% their work and all credits go out to them:

~Pieter Wigleven

Please read more about the solution on Microsoft Blog:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/home_is_where_i_lay_my_head/2016/08/17/distribute-office-click-to-run-via-microsoft-intune-mdm-part-2/

Remove cached passwords on Windows

Windows caches your user names and passwords entered for network shares, drives etc. That’s fine until there’s an incorrect password or username in the cache, and you want to remove it.

The utility to delete cached credentials is hard to find. It stores both certificate data and also user passwords.

Open a command prompt, or enter the following in the run command:

rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr

Configuration Manager requires a dedicated SQL Server instance

In my lab environment I’m doing quite a lot of ConfigMgr testing. Recently, I was doing some testing on System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection (current branch – version 1511) and I broke the ConfigMgr primary site server and decided to re install the primary site. Continue reading “Configuration Manager requires a dedicated SQL Server instance”

Disable windows 10 non enterprise store tab’s

With the new Windows Store for Business, organizations can make volume purchases of Windows apps. The Store for Business provides app purchases based on organizational identity, flexible distribution options, and the ability to reclaim or re-use licenses. Organizations can also use the Store for Business to create a private store for their employees that includes apps from the Store, as well private Line-of-Business (LOB) apps. Continue reading “Disable windows 10 non enterprise store tab’s”

Import thumbnailphoto in AD from jpg

The script below will import Jpg file as a thumbnail photo in Active Directory

~Pouyan