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Creating a XenDesktop Delivery Group with PowerShell

My last article was on creating a XenDesktop machine catalog with PowerShell – in this article I’m going to create a Delivery Group which provides access to the virtual machines that a part of that catalog. Like the last article, I’ve taken the PowerS…
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Retrieving a VM’s UUID from Hyper-V

I’ve previously posted about retrieving the UUID from a virtual machine hosted on vSphere. UUIDs are useful if you want to uniquely identify a target machine for OS deployment task sequences and the like (e.g. MDT). Here’s how to obtain the UUID from a virtual …
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Performing vSphere VM RAM Overhead Lookups in Excel

Running VMs under ESXi will incur a memory overhead for each virtual machine.  You can read about this overhead here: Understanding Memory Overhead. Essentially memory overhead is: Overhead memory includes space reserved for the virtual machine frame bu…
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Building a Lab Server to Run ESXi and Hyper-V

One of the great things I enjoyed about working at Kelway was the access to a pretty solid lab environment. While I do have access to a lab environment at Atlantis (3 in fact), now that I work primarily from home, I really prefer a lab environment that can provide me more fle…
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Sequential Starting of a List of VMs

In my lab environment, I often want to start a list of virtual machines, but without taxing the system in the process by starting them all at the same time.  I could do that manually, but that’s no fun. Here’s a short function I wrote to sequentially start a list of virtual…
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3rd European App-V User Group announced

Those all round good guys over at Login Consultants have announced the 2014 European App- User Group. Just like previous years, the event will be held at the Microsoft HQ in Amsterdam near Schiphol airport, making it very easy to get to. No concrete details are in pla…
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A Better Way to Customize the Windows Default Profile

Multiple Methods The Deployment Guys have a great article from 2009 that I recommend reading for a overview of customisation methods: Configuring Default User Settings – Full Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This article is still applicable today and t…
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Monitoring MDT Task Sequences with PowerShell

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit provides a Lite Touch deployment model – typically a device requires an engineer to manually start the deployment task sequence. Using PowerShell to drive MDT offers the chance to provide a little more automation around OS …
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