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Earlier this month, I published an article here on using PowerShell to perform offline servicing of Windows Updates for a set of VM templates. After publishing the original article, I received a couple of inquiries for extending that PowerShell script to not only apply Windows Updates to offline VM templates, but to also automate the process of first downloading Windows Updates. In doing so, this accelerates the process for downloading new updates each month and also reduces the chance of human error in not downloading all needed updates.
As it turns out, Alexander Krause from Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany has already done a lot of the “heavy-lifting” for us in automating this process with a PowerShell module that he released on the TechNet Script Center earlier this year. In this article, I’ll step through the process of using Alexander’s module to automate the downloading of updates for Windows Server 2012 VM Templates.
Battle Bears Gold is a new first-person shooter game app, and it’s now available free for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices. This Gold release features a slew of new content that provides an updated experience over the original Battle Bears game with new assualt weapons, maps and private arenas for playing with your friends online!
If you’re looking for some cool, FREE games to pre-install on all the Windows 8.1 devices that you’re giving as holiday gifts, Battle Bears Gold is definitely one to add to your list!
Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V provides the ability to easily export sysprepped virtual machines as reusable VM templates for quickly provisioning new VMs in an on-premises datacenter or on the Windows Azure cloud platform. BUT … keeping those VM templates up-to-date with the latest Windows Updates can be time consuming, because the VM templates themselves are not actively running as VMs that can be updated online. Fortunately, PowerShell makes it easy to keep your VM templates well maintained by using the offline operating system image servicing cmdlets that are present in the Dism PowerShell module.
In this article, I’ll provide a sample PowerShell script, with comments, that you can leverage as the starting point for your own automated offline VM template servicing process ...
In my current role at Microsoft, I deliver lots of presentations and technical events almost every week. To have the greatest impact, I often find myself tweaking my slide decks just prior to a presentation to address points brought up in pre-event discussions with attendees – but, this can make sharing the latest copy of my decks and resources a bit challenging, because my files are always changing.
In this article, I'll discuss the FREE phriz.be social sharing app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone that makes sharing the latest documents a breeze!
THANK YOU to the hundreds of entrants that completed the IT Pro Cloud OS Challenge in November to learn more about our FREE bare-metal, enterprise-grade hypervisor, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2!
Congratulations to the prize winners that we’ve listed in this article for Surface Pro devices and Microsoft certification exam vouchers ...