Tool: OSConfig News 20151209


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Minor OSConfig update was published today on GitHub:

If you add CMTrace.exe to C:\Windows\System32 (by way of OSConfig OEM Folders) then you will have the OSConfig.log available for progress viewing.  If it gets hidden by the Getting Ready, just press Alt+Tab to bring it to the foreground.  Additionally more Samples have been added for DefaultLayouts.xml and LayoutModification.xml.  Enjoy

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Tool: OSConfig for GaryTown


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Gary Blok has a great blog called GaryTown.  If you are into OS Deployments and ConfigMgr, you probably already have this site bookmarked.

What I would like to do is to look at all his steps for configuring Windows 10 and see how OSConfig can help him out.  To view his post, head over to Windows 10 Customizations during OSD.  Let’s get started


DefaultAppAssoc (Change Default Applications for Extensions)

OSConfig will perform an export of the Default AppAssociations before and after OSConfig applies settings

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Additionally, C:\Windows\OSConfig\Utility will contain 3 scripts related to DefaultAssociations to import / export / clear what has been imported.

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Future version of OSConfig will apply the AppAssoc.xml automatically, but I am still running this in testing . . . although you can just add a script to OSConfig to enable this functionality now.

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Tool: OSConfig News 20151208


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More OSConfig changes were released today on GitHub:

Utility

A Utility directory has been added to OSConfig for Windows 10.  In here you will find some scripts to generate Application Association XML (Import in OSConfig is being worked on), a PowerShell script to get a list of your installed AppxPackages (included for Windows 8.1 as well), and two CMD scripts to Import or Export a Start Layout.

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DefaultLayouts.xml

OSConfig will now import a DefaultLayout%Architecture%.xml if placed in the Themes\Start directory

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OSConfig Samples

These have been reorganized so you can use them better.

  • Appx Windows 8.1 – Includes a PowerShell script to remove junk, as well as the Defaults
  • Appx Windows 10 1507 – Includes a PowerShell script to remove junk, as well as the Defaults
  • Appx Windows 10 1511 – Includes a PowerShell script to remove junk, as well as the Defaults
  • Settings Windows – Files in here can be placed in your OSConfig\Windows directory to be applied to all deployments.  These are not OS Specific
  • Settings Windows 7 – Files in here can be placed in your OSConfig\Windows 7 directory to be applied to Windows 7 only
  • Settings Windows 8.1 – Files in here can be placed in your OSConfig\Windows 8.1 directory to be applied to Windows 8.1 only
  • Settings Windows 10 – Files in here can be placed in your OSConfig\Windows 10 directory to be applied to Windows 10 only
  • Settings Windows XP – Files in here can be placed in your OSConfig\Windows XP directory to be applied to Windows XP only
  • Start Windows 10 1507 – Contains the DefaultLayouts.xml for this build.  I’ll detail how to use it soon enough
  • Start Windows 10 1511 – Contains the DefaultLayouts.xml for this build.  I’ll detail how to use it soon enough
  • Theme Windows 10 (Blue) – Sample Theme.  Contents should be placed in OSConfig\Windows 10\Theme for processing.  Added Logos and DefaultLayouts.xml
  • Theme Windows 10 (Red) – Sample Theme.  Contents should be placed in OSConfig\Windows 10\Theme for processing.  Added Logos and DefaultLayouts.xml

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Consumer Experiences

This has been disabled by default in OSConfig.  Details here or view the Log for the link

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Tool: OSConfig Theme Sample – Windows 10


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Included in the 20151204 version of OSConfig is a Theme Sample for Windows 10 Enterprise at OSConfig\Samples\Theme (w10e)

If you downloaded the Zip from GitHub, and copied the contents to your Deployment Share, this will reside in %DeployRoot%\Applications\OSConfig\Samples\Theme (w10e).  To activate this Theme for your Windows 10 deployment, simply the contents to your %DeployRoot%\Applications\OSConfig\Windows 10\Theme directory

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Tool: OSConfig Settings


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The main feature of OSConfig is the ability to modify Operating System but the use of Settings.

In this directory you can place the following file extensions:

  • BAT
  • CMD
  • EXE
  • REG
  • PS1
  • VBS
  • All other extensions are ignored

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Additionally, there are some naming rules that can be applied to file names:

  • Files with “Sample” in the name Skipped
  • Files with “Undo” in the name Skipped
  • Files with “TSYes” in the name Applied if C:\_SMSTaskSequence\OSConfig\OSConfig.cmd does exists
  • Files with “TSNo” in the name Applied if C:\_SMSTaskSequence\OSConfig\OSConfig.cmd does NOT exist
  • Files with “Modern” in the name Applied if the Operating System is not Windows XP
  • Files with “x86” in the name Applied if the Operating System is x86
  • Files with “x64” in the name Applied if the Operating System is x64
  • Files with “RunOnce” in the name Only applied once, then moved to C:\Windows\OSConfig\Settings\RunOnce

These will be discussed in more detail in separate posts