1. Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redist Broken After Windows 10 1607 Upgrade

    Published Sep 20, 2016.

    I've been deploying the Windows 10 build 1607 feature upgrade (also known as the Anniversary Update) via WSUS to a test lab at work. The machines are upgrading from 1511. Today I was informed that Autodesk 3ds Max & AutoCad would not launch on those machines. 3dsmax.exe gave an error: "The procedure entry point __crtCreateSymbolicLinkW could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\MSVCP110.dll."

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  2. Deploy Application Updates with Ninite with a Cache on your LAN

    Published Jan 23, 2015.

    Recently we purchased Ninite Pro for our organization and have implemented silent application updating via a scheduled task with PowerShell. This process uses a cache on our LAN to store updates and speed the whole process along. After some thinking I decided I wanted to get this working off-site so that when students take their laptops home over the summer, they can continue to receive updates.

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  3. Enable Bitlocker Disk Encryption Via Scheduled Task

    Published Oct 07, 2014.

    I've been working on deploying Bitlocker across our Active Directory domain via a scheduled task. The advantage of using a scheduled task to enable Bitlocker (versus a startup or shutdown script) is that I can configure it to run when the computer is idle. I liked this solution over a startup script because my users on laptops very very rarely reboot their computers, and so startup scripts very very rarely get a chance to run.

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