Deploying printers with GPO to Win 10

Deploying printers is in basic pretty simple if you have Print Management installed on a server. I can tell and show with screenshots how you set it up, but there is enough writen about that already. The problem I ran into was that users didn’t get the printers on Windows 10. They where not allowed to install the driver.

If you search on this issue you will be pointed at the point and printrestriction. The most website tell you to disable this, but update KB3170455  will stop non-admin users from installing the network printers. So the first step is to setup the point and print restrictions correctly:

Set point and print restrictions

Create a computer GPO “Enable _Point_and_print_Restrictions”

Users can only point and print to these servers  -> Enabled In the text box, type the FQDN of the print servers. Seperate multiple server with ; When installing drivers for a new

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Show details Room Mailbox meetings in its calendar in Office 365


By default Room mailboxes only show a busy status. In most organizations you want to see who booked the room and you might also want to know what the subject is. In Office 365 you can’t set this in the Exchange Admin center, you will need Powershell for this.

Authenticate and import Powershell commands

To manage Exchange Online you don’t need Office365 powershell, in your local powershell type the following:

This will display a prompt to authenticate you and store your credentials.

Import the powershell commands:

Show Limited Details by default

To show the basic details (room and organizer) you need to use the Set-MailboxFolderPermission command:


Show Subject and Organizer

To show the subject of the meeting we use the following command:


Close your session when you’re done

When finished, type the following command to close the session:


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Update / change start menu layout Windows 10 pro for existing users


There are plenty of articles about change the Windows 10 start menu for all users, all have in common that they only seem to work for new users logging in. I needed a way to change it for users that already have profile and I don’t have Windows 10 Enterprise.

The Win 10 start menu is store in a database file, so you can’t really manipulate the menu layout. But there is way to replace it, only keep in mind that you will replace the whole start menu including the recent opened items. Another pre-request is that the users should be logged of and you will need to have administrator permissions (but that should not be an issue ).

Create the Start Menu layout, make sure you don’t use any App in the layout. Apps need to be installed under the user account, so they won’t work. Only normal applications

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Import WLAN profiles with Powershell (and PDQ Deploy)

If you have multiple sites or as in our case, (construction)sites that come and go, you want an easy way to provide the Wifi keys to your users. Sure you can mail them around, update a list on the intranet. But would it not be convenient to automatically populate the list of WLAN profiles in your users notebooks?

To get this working you only to run the following powershell script:

List the available WLAN profiles on the machine. Then we need to export each profile that we want to distribute to a folder. We set the key to clear, otherwise the user still needs to enter the key. Keep in mind to store the profiles in a protected folder if necessary: The last step is to import the WLAN profiles on a (new) notebook. I added a step with this script in my baseline deployment for notebooks. Thanks to Continue Reading

Deploy NVIDIA drivers


To keep your NVIDIA drivers up-to-date you can deploy them with PDQ or SCCM. Download the drivers from the NVIDIA website and extract the zip file to your repository location. Remove any feature folder that you don’t want to install, such as the NV3DVision folder.

Deploy the software with the following command

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