Windows 10

Disabling Windows File Explorer banner advertising

Microsoft has soo much advertising power with Windows 10, they can now put banners up in Windows Explorer via updates. You may see one such as this:
'Save your documents and photos to OneDrive' or 'Get the best deal on your cloud storage with OneDrive'

The setting is called Show Sync Provider Notifications however it has been used for other purposes such as when you do a feature update

 

 

 

To prevent this from happening push out a group policy User preference
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value: ShowSyncProviderNotifications
Value Type: REG_DWORD
Value Data: 00000000
Base: Hex

MDT Toolkit files fail to download - could not resolve source

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If this happens during OSD, it is likely due to 2 settings in the BIOS.

 

I recommend

WIN7 -

Boot mode: Legacy
Sata mode: AHCI

Win10-

Boot mode: UEFI
Sata mode: AHCI

 

 

From the log:
The task sequence execution engine failed executing the action (Use Toolkit Package) in the group (Initialization) with the error code 2147942561
Action output: ... ursiveCreatePath(sPath.substr(0, nPos), psa), HRESULT=800700a1 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\framework\core\ccmcore\path.cpp,104)
RecursiveCreatePath(sPath.substr(0, nPos), psa), HRESULT=800700a1 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\framework\core\ccmcore\path.cpp,104)
RecursiveCreatePath( sNormalizedPath, psa ), HRESULT=800700a1 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\framework\core\ccmcore\path.cpp,159)
DownloadContentLocally (pszSource, sSourceDirectory, dwFlags, hUserToken, mapNetworkAccess), HRESULT=800700a1 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\framework\tscore\resolvesource.cpp,3582)
TS::Utility::ResolveSource (pszPkgID, sPath, 0, hUserToken, mapNetworkAccess), HRESULT=800700a1 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\client\osdeployment\installsoftware\runcommandline.cpp,399)
cmd.Execute(pszPkgID,sProgramName, dwCmdLineExitCode), HRESULT=800700a1 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\client\osdeployment\installsoftware\main.cpp,372)
Failed to resolve the source for SMS PKGID=PS10098B, hr=0x800700a1
Install Software failed to run command line, hr=0x800700a1. The operating system reported error 2147942561: The specified path is invalid.

 

Slowwww Windows 10 Login when using NetApp for Folder Redirection

slow login netapp

There is an issue that causes the login to be significantly slower when using Folder Redirection and NetApp.

The problem is a file lock occurs on the Desktop.ini files during login.

 

Our current workaround is to use a logoff script to delete the desktop.ini

Download DeleteDesktopIni.zip

Microsoft Edge and Enterprise Mode

Microsoft really wants everyone to use it's shiny new browser, and I think everyone should. It is a completely new browser built for the modern web however there are limitations to building a browser just for the modern web mainly being legacy support of activex controls and Java so it's understandable that companies don't want Edge as the default browser however there is another way. The new Enterprise mode group policy lets companies decide what web pages will open in Internet Explorer instead. Ideally it would have been nice to have these sandboxed in an Internet Explorer tab however Microsoft wants the end user to know that this is what the organization has decided.

Setting up Edge Enterprise Mode

The first thing you need to do is download and install the Enterprise Mode Site List manager

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=42501

This is a simple tool that creates and versions a xml file that the client computer reads when launching the Edge Browser.

You can add and edit sites in this tool and then save as an XML File

Example adding ebay.com

enterprise mode for Edge

You can later turn off Open in IE once the business website is compatible with Edge.

Once you have made your list Click File > Save to XML

Now have a look at the xml file, it should look something like

 

<rules version="7">
<docMode />
<emie>
<domain exclude="true">ebay.com</domain>
<domain doNotTransition="true" exclude="false">cnet.com</domain>
</emie>
</rules>

This example sets eBay to load up in Internet Explorer and we have set cnet.com to now open in Edge from now on.

Once you are happy with your config it's time to test it as a group policy

The policy is Computer Configuration > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge > Configure the Enterprise Mode List

enterprise mode group policy

The value here can be

  • Drive Letter C:\EnterpriseMode.xml
  • Web URL http://localhost:8080/EnterpriseMode.xml
  • Network Share \\NetworkShare\EnterpriseMode.xml (I recommend placing this inside the group policy folder on Sysvol)

Alternatively you can also send all intranet sites to Internet Explorer using the group policy setting 'Send all intranet sites to Internet Explorer 11'

Testing

Using Edge browser enterprise mode