Windows 10 1709 Task Sequences Now Live – Introducing OneDrive Files on Demand

The Windows 10 1709 Task Sequences are now live.

Windows 10 1709 introduces the concept of “Files on Demand” to the OneDrive client. This allows users to access their files directly from the cloud rather than having to download all of their files to the local PC, which can be a problem for users of PCs with small hard drives or SSDs.

At present we have not enabled this feature by default, however users can enable it if they so wish. To do this, they should right-click their OneDrive icon, select Settings, go to the Settings tab and tick the box for Files on Demand there. This is advisable for any users who do not have the required disk space to download all of their files.

For more information on this, including how to ensure files are always available offline, please see https://support.office.com/en-us/article/learn-about-onedrive-files-on-demand-0e6860d3-d9f3-4971-b321-7092438fb38e.

Please report any issues or queries to the IT Service Desk as usual.

Windows 10 Staff Task Sequences to be updated to 1709

We will be updating all three Windows 10 staff task sequences (IPU, Provisioning and Re-imaging) to install Windows 10 1709 on Friday 21st September. This is in-line with the agreed strategy of supporting the latest-but-one available version of Windows 10 in Microsoft’s Semi-Annual servicing channel (previously known as Current Branch for Business).

Users who are already on Windows 10 will be upgraded to 1709 in the near future.

In addition to the update to 1709, the following other changes will be made live:

  • Support for new OneDrive functionality, including Files on Demand
  • Java updated to Java 8 Update 172
  • .NET updated to version 4.7.2
  • Forced removal of QuickTime added to In-Place Upgrade task sequence

TIMESCALE

21/09/18– 08:30am-10:00am

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

Please contact our Service Desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Changes to Windows 10 Task Sequences 27/07/18 – Complete

This work has now been completed.


 

The Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade, Provisioning and Imaging Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 27th July during the Task Sequence at risk period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to carry out any Windows 10 installations or upgrades at this time.

We will inform you when the work has been completed.

The changes are:

All Windows 10 Task Sequences

  • Upgrade Readiness scripts updated to v2.4.3.

In-Place Upgrade & Imaging Task Sequences

  • Added W10 compatible drivers for legacy HP Folios.

In-Place Upgrade Task Sequence

  • Updated wireless and DisplayLink graphics drivers.

Timescale:

 27/07/18 – 08:30am-10:00am

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

 Please contact our Service Desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Change to Office365 Pro Plus activation on Windows staff PCs

The activation method for Office365 Pro Plus (a.k.a. Office 2016) on Windows 7 and Windows 10 staff PCs is being changed.

Using the current method (shared activation), Office applications can only be launched when connected to the internet. We are therefore changing Office365 Pro Plus installation on staff PCs to use user-based activation. This will activate Office in the name of the first user to use it on a PC.

Should this result in a user exceeding their maximum number of Office activations (10), instructions for deactivating computers they no longer used are available at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/staff/365/faqs/.

PCs which have Visio or Project installed already use this activation method. Lab PCs are not affected by this change.

What will the user see?

The change itself is silent and does not require or cause open Office applications to be closed. The first time a user launches an Office application after the change they will be asked to accept a license agreement. After that, neither that user nor any other user on that PC will see any prompts resulting from this change.

Timescale:

The change is being rolled out with the following schedule:

13/03/18 – IT staff, IT Services and Careers

15/03/18 – Professional Services

20/03/18 – Schools beginning with A – M

22/03/18 – Everyone else

This change has already been made in new Office installations installed during Task Sequences or via Software Center.

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

 Please contact our Service Desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Changes to Windows 10 Task Sequences 09/03/18 – COMPLETE

These changes are now live. Please note that we have also added in the installation of .NET 4.7.1 to all three Windows 10 staff Task Sequences to resolve issues with Software Center.

Please contact the IT Service Desk if you have any issues.

 

Changes to Windows 10 Task Sequences Friday 9th March 8:30am – 9:30am

The Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade, Provisioning and Imaging Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 9th March during the Task Sequence at risk period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to carry out any Windows 10 installations or upgrades at this time.

We will inform you when the work has been completed.

The changes are:

All Windows 10 Task Sequences

  • Base OS image/update package updated to December patch level of Windows 10 1703 (to resolve an issue identified by Microsoft which prevents later software updates installing). Note that more recent software updates will install post-Task Sequence as usual.
  • Office365 suite (Office 2016) changed to use per-user activation rather than shared activation to allow offline use of standard Office applications.
  • Upgrade Readiness scripts updated to v2.3.
  • McAfee Agent updated to v5.0.6.220.

In-Place Upgrade & Imaging Task Sequences

  • Added W10 compatible drivers for legacy Toshiba Portege R600s.

Provisioning Task Sequence

  • Added Cisco Jabber v11.8.1 to bring it inline with other Task Sequences.

Timescale:

 09/03/18 – 08:30am-09:30am

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

Please contact our Service Desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Removal of default browser and application enforcement on Windows 10 Service

Default Application Changes will no longer Rest

As the majority of PCs on the Windows 10 Service are now running version 1703, we are in a position to remove the Group Policy setting that resets user’s default web browser and other common applications back to the University specified settings on their next login.

This change will allow users to alter the default application for any file type without it being automatically reset. This includes setting the default web browser. This change will not change any of these defaults; if a user wishes to change a default application they will need to do this themselves.

Windows 10 1703 has provided an alternative method of setting application defaults which allows users to make and retain their own preferences.

Please remember that Internet Explorer remains the primary supported browser for Windows services, with Google Chrome provided for websites that do not support or function correctly in IE. Other browsers are installed and used at the user’s own risk.

PCs which are currently running Windows 10 1607 will be upgraded to Windows 10 1703 in the near future.

Timescale: Wednesday 7th February 17:00

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

Please contact our Service Desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Changes to Windows 10 and Windows 7 Task Sequences Friday 12th January – Complete

This work has now been completed. All Task Sequences are now available again.

The latest versions of the Windows 10 Task Sequences are as follows:

  • In-Place Upgrade – 1703 v1.2
  • Provisioning – 1703 v1.3
  • Re-Image 1703 v1.5

All Windows 10 and Windows 7 Task Sequences, encompassing staff, labs and In-Place Upgrades, will be updated during the Task Sequence at risk period. It is therefore recommended that you do not image, provision or in-place upgrade any machines at this time.

We will inform you when the work has been completed.

This change is to update the Sassafras client installed in the Task Sequences, as well as some minor housekeeping. The Sassafras client is being upgraded on existing machines by a separate deployment.

Timescale:

12/01/18 – 08:30am-09:30am

Changes to Windows 10 Task Sequences 05/01/18 – Complete

This work has now been completed.

The Windows 10 Provisioning and Imaging Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 5th January during the Task Sequence at risk period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to carry out any Windows 10 installations at this time.

We will inform you when the work has been completed.

These changes will not affect the Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade Task Sequence.

The changes are:

Imaging Task Sequence (1703 v1.4)

  • Updated Synaptics Touchpad drivers following widely-reported keylogger vulnerability.
  • Added driver package specifically for Vig820 desktops.
  • Added DLLs for legacy Visual C++ Redistributables (required by CMIS).
  • Deleted steps relating to old and incompatible Windows 7 laptop utilities.

Provisioning Task Sequence (1703 v1.2)

  • Added DLLs for legacy Visual C++ Redistributables (required by CMIS).

Changes to Windows 10 Task Sequences 01/12/17 – Complete

This work is now complete.

Further to the advertised changes, the other alterations were made:

Provisioning and Imaging Task Sequences

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection installer updated to version 14 RU1.

Imaging Task Sequence

  • Fixed a problem in the model identification script that caused Task Sequence failures in some situations.

Please report any issues to the Service Desk via IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk

 

The Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade, Provisioning and Imaging Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 1st December during the Task Sequence at risk period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to carry out any Windows 10 installations or upgrades at this time.

We will inform you when the work has been completed.

The changes are:

Imaging Task Sequence

  • Changes to the disk format and partition steps to make them more robust, particularly on encrypted disks.
  • Upgrade Intel Bluetooth drivers and utility for HP EliteBook 8×0 G1 to a version compatible with 1703.
  • Upgrade HP 3D Drive Guard utility on HP EliteBook 2170p to a version compatible with 1703.

Provisioning Task Sequence

  • Add a check for BitLocker encryption to the beginning of the Task Sequence. If BitLocker is detected, the Task Sequence will exit and advise that the device must be decrypted before continuing.

In-Place Upgrade Task Sequence

  • Upgrades EFI Print Messenger (for the Online Printing service) to the latest version on PCs that already had it installed.

All Windows 10 Task Sequences

  • Microsoft Weather app configured to use the current location by default for all users (user can change this if they wish).

Timescale:

01/12/17 – 08:00am-09:00am

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

Please contact our Service Desk at mailto:it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Update to Windows 10 Imaging and Provisioning Task Sequences

The imaging Task Sequence has now been updated to image PCs to Windows 10 1703.

We have also taken this opportunity to update the Provisioning Task Sequence to upgrade PCs from 1607 to 1703. Should you provision a PC that came with 1607 installed, the Task Sequence will now automatically update it to 1703. Please note in that scenario the process will take up to an extra hour to complete. PCs that already have 1703 installed will not take any longer to provision than previously.

Please report any issues or queries regarding this to the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk.