April 7 2016

Upgrade from Windows 8.1 Enterprise to Windows 10 Professional

I had a scenario where I needed to upgrade from Windows 8.1 Enterprise to Windows 10 Professional using the free Microsoft upgrade via Windows Update.  The free update usually doesn’t work on Enterprise versions of Windows 8.1.  To get this to work:

Open a command prompt with Administrator rights and run 4 commands to update the registry:

reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v ProductName /d "Windows 8.1 Professional" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v EditionID /d "Professional" /f

reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v ProductName /d "Windows 8.1 Professional" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v EditionID /d "Professional" /f

Then Check for Updates via Windows Update and KB3035583 appears.
After installing that update and running Check for Updates again, you will see the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon appear in the taskbar.

Follow the prompts and the machine will undertake a Windows 10 inplace upgrade with all your data intact.

In my scenario I found that once Windows 10 was up and running I needed to enter a valid Windows 10 product key for Windows to be able to activate.

 

 



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April 17 2012

SCCM 2012 Active Directory Schema changes

I’ve previously blogged about the AD schema changes made by SCCM 2007 (http://blog.danovich.com.au/2010/11/03/sccm-active-directory-schema-changes/).

Recently I prepared an environment for SCCM 2012 – the schema extension is exactly the same for SCCM 2012 so if you have already extended it for SCCM 2007, there’s no need to extend it for SCCM 2012.

As before, it creates 4 new classes and 18 associated attributes as follows:


attribute cn=MS-SMS-Site-Code
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Assignment-Site-Code.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Site-Boundaries.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Roaming-Boundaries.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Default-MP.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Device-Management-Point.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-MP-Name.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-MP-Address.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Health-State.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Source-Forest.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Ranged-IP-Low.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Ranged-IP-High.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Version.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Capabilities.
class cn=MS-SMS-Management-Point.
class cn=MS-SMS-Server-Locator-Point.
class cn=MS-SMS-Site.
class cn=MS-SMS-Roaming-Boundary-Range.

 
 

November 3 2010

SCCM Active Directory Schema changes

You’ll often need to detail what changes are being made during an Active Directory Schema modification / update / upgrade / extension / whatever you want to call it.

The SCCM 2007 schema extension does not change any existing classes or attributes, it creates 4 new classes and 18 associated attributes as follows:

attribute cn=mS-SMS-Assignment-Site-Code.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Site-Boundaries.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Roaming-Boundaries.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Default-MP.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Device-Management-Point.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-MP-Name.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-MP-Address.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Health-State.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Source-Forest.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Ranged-IP-Low.
attribute cn=MS-SMS-Ranged-IP-High.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Version.
attribute cn=mS-SMS-Capabilities.
class cn=MS-SMS-Management-Point.
class cn=MS-SMS-Server-Locator-Point.
class cn=MS-SMS-Site.
class cn=MS-SMS-Roaming-Boundary-Range.