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Download and install latest Office 365 via Office Deployment Tool (ODT)

Inspired by Trond Eric Haavarstein’s evergreen PowerShell setup scripts, I created a download and install script for Office 365 Deployment Tool (ODT).

Microsoft Office 365 is the new standard in the EUC space right now. To honor this, we need a fast and reliable way to install it with our favorite deployment tools like MDT or PDQ,  for example when you rebuild your master images.

There are a few different ways to deploy Office 365, but they are all similar:

  • You need the Office 365 Click-to-run setup.exe (Office Deployment Tool (ODT))
  • You need a XML configuration file
  • You decide to deploy from a pre-build offline cache or the files are downloaded from Microsoft each and every time

And then you go: setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

Pretty straight forward you think, but non the less I had problems with this approach. And this is due to the fact, that the Office Deployment Tool itself gets updated pretty often. And this breaks your unattended deployments sooner or later, as the setup.exe stops working. Continue reading “Download and install latest Office 365 via Office Deployment Tool (ODT)”

Dell Wyse ThinOS 9.0 & Wyse Management Suite 2.0

Dell has released a new major version of their ThinClient OS ThinOS, which focuses only on Citrix Workspace app enhancements.

A few days ago, Dell released ThinOS Version 9.0. To quote the release notes:

ThinOS 9.0 is a Citrix-specific release, which integrates Citrix Workspace app. Other Broker agent connections such as VMware, RDP, and Amazon WorkSpaces are not supported in this release. ThinOS 9.0 does not support the usage of INI parameters. You must use either Wyse Management Suite or the local Admin Policy Tool to manage your systems.

The important part is, that you can no longer rely on your good old FTP server and the wnos.ini. You have to implement Wyse Management Suite Version 2.0, which is currently the only way to manage ThinOS 9.0. Wyse Management Suite Version 2.0 is free up to 10.000 devices with a slightly limited feature set. You can find all details in the Wyse Management Suite feature matrix. Continue reading “Dell Wyse ThinOS 9.0 & Wyse Management Suite 2.0”

Integrate PDQ Deploy with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)

A PDQ Deploy Enterprise license is an easy way to integrate evergreen applications into your MDT master images. In this blog post I’m going to show you one way to do this.

Download the latest release of PDQ Deploy:
https://link.pdq.com/dl-deploy-release

Start the setup
Start the setup

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Integrate the VcRedist PowerShell Module with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)

The VcRedist PowerShell Module by Aaron Parker provides an easy to use evergreen module to integrate the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtimes into your MDT Reference Images.

If you are using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to build your Reference Images and Citrix Master Images, you are most certainly trying to include the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables for Visual Studio into your Reference Images. Recently I switched to the VcRedist PowerShell Module by Aaron Parker to achieve this task and with this blog post I’m going to show you how to do this yourself. Continue reading “Integrate the VcRedist PowerShell Module with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)”

Update Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM) to 1912 (1912.1.0.1)

An update guide for Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM) to the latest version 1912.

On December 18th 2019 Citrix released version 1912 of Workspace Environment Management (WEM). This is an update guide.
Customer Success Services / Software Maintenance eligibility date: November 15, 2019

Download Citrix WEM 1912 (1912.1.0.1) here:
https://www.citrix.com/de-de/downloads/citrix-virtual-apps-and-desktops/components/workspace-environment-management-1912.html

What’s new:
https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/workspace-environment-management/current-release/whats-new.html

Fixed issues:
https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/workspace-environment-management/current-release/fixed-issues.html

WEM setup files
WEM setup files

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HowTo: Update to Roundcube 1.4.2

Time for another Roundcube update! This time it’s a major upgrade from release branch 1.3 to 1.42 See all changes here: https://github.com/roundcube/roundcubemail/releases/tag/1.4.0 ->
https://github.com/roundcube/roundcubemail/releases/tag/1.4.2

On 09.11.2019 the latest major Release Version 1.4.0 was released. On 01.01.2020 the latest hotfix 1.4.2 was released. By now it’s really time to install the update, isn’t it? 😉

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