windows 10 – Disable Edge Shortcut Fresh install or update

You can get rid of the Edge shortcut, the methods depend on your rollout technology

New Deployment Scenario

Within MDT or SMS OSD in state restore phase, add run command line item
Type : Run Command Line
Name : Block Edge Shortcut Creation
Command line :

Feature update scenario

e.g. 1703/1709 to 1803
Prestage folder containing CMD file that adds registry key above, aka C:\temp\scripts\BlockEdgeShortcut.cmd
Use SetupConfig.ini using docs https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/windows-setup-automation-overview and stage in following directory β€œ%systemdrive%\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WSUS\SetupConfig.ini”

 

 
 
 

Using a Group Policy To Delete User Profiles That Have Not Been Used For Over 90 Days

In an enterprise environment you may have machines that lots of different people log into. In my case there were a few PCs, that over 300 people had logged into, in the last two years.

This caused an issue with SCCM as it gathered information out of these profiles to update the devices inventory and the MIF file size was over the maximum, so was never loaded and put into the BADMIFS folder on the SCCM server.

So to fix that you can apply a setting in a GPO Continue reading…

 

Powershell – IIS Set Connection String in web.config [Solution]

IIS Set Connection String in web.config using the Web-Administration powershell module

So in the web.config file  for “MyApplication” application under “Default Web Site”, I have a connection string called “MyChartsConnection”, that I want to change the connection string as I am modifying it for Production use , changing server name and username password, plus some parameters  that i do not need in test. Continue reading…

 

Metltdown Spectre Firmware updates Dell and HP

BIOS updates for Meltdown / Spectre

Acer

HP Workstations

https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05869091

HP Servers

https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-a00039267en_us

Dell

NVIDIA

Lenovo

Microsoft

More here

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/list-of-links-bios-updates-for-the-meltdown-and-spectre-patches/

OS Updates

 MS  operating systems

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/how-to-check-and-update-windows-systems-for-the-meltdown-and-spectre-cpu-flaws/

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/01/09/understanding-the-performance-impact-of-spectre-and-meltdown-mitigations-on-windows-systems/

 

VMWare advisory

https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2018-0002.html

SCCM Compliance Settings

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configmgr_geek_speak/2018/01/09/configmgr-speculation-control-ba…

Performance Hit

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/heres-how-and-why-the-spectre-and-meltdown-patches-will-hurt-performance/

Also further reading

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/configurationmgr/2018/01/08/additional-guidance-to-mitigate-spec…