It’s been quite a while that I was able to blog something, but I was quite happy to attend the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference in Orlando. Living in Florida made this a nice experience since travel wasn’t too bad and required no airport. I was also very pleased to see and feel more of a centralized vision when it comes to the direction in which Microsoft is going and how they plan to have solutions to meet the needs of their customers while on-premise, in the cloud or both (hybrid).
Seeing all of these new benefits Windows 10 1607 had brought to the table, I thought it would be a good idea to finally get something running in my lab environment through SCCM via the Windows 10 Servicing Plans. Initial experience was quite positive as everything went according to the book without the prior issues experienced in SCCM 1511, where the servicing plan would attempt to download every single copy of Windows 10 on every language known to man kind. Thanks Microsoft, my drive was not worthy of that much data so it filled up.
However, this time the challenges started right away by having to patch WSUS once again with KB3159706 which includes a set of additional annoying steps. Then I experienced additional problems on the client side that led me through loops of depressing troubleshooting steps. This time errors 0x8024200D, 0xC1800118 and 0x80240022 kept coming up on my client machine causing a lot of headaches.
It’s been a while since I made a post due to school and work, but I definitely wanted to finish the last part revolving around the benefits of building a home lab. Previously in Part 1, I talked about the history and hardware requirements to make a home lab. In Part 2, I talked about the design/functionality of a home lab, and now I will be talking about some of the overall benefits with running your own home lab. This post will be a bit wordy and contain a larger number of images to represent some of the technologies I have setup in my home lab environment.
If you haven’t already been testing Windows 10 in a lab environment or semi-production walled garden. Be sure to check out the group policy spreadsheets released by Microsoft. These nifty spreadsheets are useful guides to system administrators that want to review all of the new policies that come out of the box with Windows 10. Continue reading