Use PowerShell DSC and Azure Automation to Create an Active Directory Domain

Because of the recent domain change of my blog, I decided to completely start over again with my lab in Azure. I’ve been working with Desired State Configuration Configs in Azure for quite a few years, but never used them for my own lab environment. It felt a bit overkill to do that, but now I wanted to start over and do everything right.

This step-by-step installation guide explains how to create a DSC Configuration in Azure Automation and how to apply this on your domain controller in Azure.

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Installing the new Home Assistant Hass.IO 64-bit image on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Home Assistant recently announced a brand new image of Hass.IO running on HassOS. I instantly ordered a new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ to replace my older Raspberry Pi Model B, which was running Raspbian and Home Assistant. The guide below helps you with installing your new Hass.IO instance!

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Update Windows 10 with SCCM/WSUS only by defeating Dual Scan

With Windows 10 1607, Microsoft introduced Dual Scan functionality, which allows the computer to connect with Microsoft Updates besides using WSUS or SCCM. Steve Henry from Microsoft: “It is for the enterprise that wants WU to be its primary update source while Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) provides all other content.” I’ve seen various blog posts not covering all the steps I had to take to ensure Windows only looks to SCCM/WSUS. Especially covering Windows 10 deployments with System Center – Configuration Manager.

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*driver* did not meet the Store signing level requirements – Windows 10 Code Integrity

This error message is related to Device Guard Code Integrity in Windows 10 and shows up in the Event Viewer under the Code Integrity folder. As of writing this article, the error message is not described in online documentation of Microsoft.

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Windows AutoPilot – New Features

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft introduced Windows AutoPilot. Windows AutoPilot is a service which allows users to enroll their device with the Intune/Azure AD tenant of the organization during the Out-of-the-Box (OOBE) experience of Windows 10. By using Windows AutoPilot, organizations can dramatically decrease the time needed to configure a new device. During Microsoft Tech Summit 2018 in Amsterdam, Michael Niehaus announced some exciting new features which I will discuss in this blog post too.

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