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  1. Hi, Thanks for taking the time to reply to my post. My company took the decision to move away from KMS activations towards MAK a few years ago because we didn't have a very good remote access system and so large number of laptops were not getting plugged in to the network and the software was expiring. Now that you mention it though, we now use Direct Access for Windows 8 and 8.1 clients and so we have a regular connection to the laptop and you are completely right, we should be looking to go back to KMS activation! Thanks for your help - its almost blindingly obvious now you have pointed it out! If for any reason we cant go with KMS then I will implement your script suggestions. Thanks again!
  2. I would like to deploy the Windows 8.1 Enterprise update to our Windows 8 Enterprise clients using SCCM. In testing it has been straight forward to deploy the update as an application by calling setup.exe /auto:upgrade and then leaving it to do the install. After a reboot Windows 8.1 is ready to go. My issue is that this leaves Windows needing activation, and to activate it I need to change the product key to our Windows 8.1 MAK key. I don't know how to achieve this using SCCM, so I was wondering whether people had any suggestions. I have considered the following approaches: Installing it via a task sequence. Issue here is that the 8.1 installation process restarts the machine and the task sequence doesn't resume after the restart. I can prevent the installation from doing the restart, but at that point I am still technically running Windows 8 so it doesn't accept the new product key. Using a script to install the update and then activate it. Again the script doesn't run for me after the restart to change the product key. Deploying a script via SCCM to a collection of machines that are running an unactivated copy of Windows 8.1 to get them to activate - however I am unable to create this collection as I am not very experienced with WQL. Some solution which uses Group Policy and WMI queries to run a log in script. This is a possibility but am reluctant to create a whole policy just for this when it feels like I should be able to achieve it in SCCM. I have searched the internet high and low to see how others have done this, but haven't been able to find anything so far. Any suggestions or guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  3. I am deploying Office 2010 as an msi deployment in SCCM 2012 and it all seemed to be working well both requesting it through the application catalogue, and deploying as part of a task sequence. The source of the deployment is a network share. I wanted to make change to the Office customisation, so I placed a new msp file in the Updates folder on the network share and renamed the old one to change the extension so it wont be picked up. I am now in a weird state where if I request Office through the catalogue I get the new msp file with the changes to the configuration, but when I install it as part of a task sequence it is still including the old msp file. Do the application files get cached when deployed through a task sequence? Im assuming I need to update the distribution point but I am having trouble working out where. I think I have done the obvious places so any help would be much appreciated. I have looked through the smsts logs but not found anything very useful to me. Apologies if I have missed anything obvious, I'm still learning my way around SCCM. Thanks in advance!
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