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luke.geek.nz


An IT Engineer with a love for all things IT including (but not limited to), Microsoft Azure, Automation and Service Management!


  1. Configuration Manager Queries

    One of the best uses of Configuration Manager is its ability to query and actually make use of the data in a dynamic and automated way. This is just a quick post with a few Configuration Manager WQL queries I have created or collected that may be useful to someone. Feel free to use them, change them to suit your needs and share your own! If you don’t know how to use these – check...…


  2. Install Visio 2010 Standard instead of Premium

    Unfortunately, volume license editions of Visio 2010 install Premium by default – this can then be downgraded to Visio standard by changing the Product key to Standard edition. However – come annual Microsoft True up you don’t want any surprises or manual intervention! This is how you can change Visio to be installed by Standard or another SKU automatically without prompting. Download the latest Visio 2010 ISO from Microsoft Volume Licensing Extract the ISO using...…


  3. Database error when making changes to DHCP reservations

    ‘An error occurred while accessing the DHCP database.’ One of the issues I have ran into since an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 DHCP servers – was due to multiple processes access the DHCP database when I was attempting to Create or Modify a DHCP v4 reservation. Adding an exclusion to DHCP.MDB file for Real Time scanning on my antivirus product. Disabling the Windows indexing service from indexing the DHCP folder. To disable the...…


  4. Capturing Windows boot performance with the Windows Performance Toolkit

    The Windows Performance Toolkit, developed by Microsoft has 3 separate tools and are key to solving a lot of boot and general performance issues: •    Windows Performance Recorder •    Windows Performance Analyzer •    Xperf Table of Contents 1 Download Windows Performance Toolkit 2 Run Windows Performance Recorder 3 Run Windows Performance Analyzer 4 Useful resources Download Windows Performance Toolkit This can be downloaded by going to the Microsoft website and looking for the latest Windows Assessment and Deployment...…


  5. Using PowerShell and Configuration Manager to remove unused App-V packages automatically

    I had an issue with unused/old App-V packages getting left in the App-V package store, the Help Desk would RDP onto a workstation, causing their Applications to download. This was causing issues with Reporting and overall cleanliness of the environment. Using Configuration Manager and PowerShell I was able to create a Configuration Baseline for cleaning up the App-V client cache of unused packages from workstations. The script/baseline follows the logic diagrammed below: How to create...…