TIP: Open Outlook directly in Calendar

Posted on 2018-03-25

In a busy workday, chances are that you already have plenty of disturbance, there is no need for every to be another.

Often, as the first ting in the morning, we want to get to our calendar to start planning the day.
Outlook by default opens your email, and it becomes overly hard to ignore all that pending email. Well instead of having to rely on willpower, you can instead just change the default tab to "Calendar":

Computers are supposed to be helping us, not stressing us out.

Cancel SCCM Task sequence started using UEFI boot

Posted on 2014-07-10

We have recently rolled out a Windows 7 installation solution based on SCCM 2012. After making the solution available to our local help-desks (and super users) we expreiced a lot of confusion and problems related to UEFI boot and legacy boot.

Basically our task sequence does not really handle UEFI boot (yet!), so if the task sequence is started using UEFI boot things are failing. This was not really an issue when creating and testing the the solution, we all knew to select legacy boot, however this is a lot harder to communicate to the many users of the service.

As a quick fix we decided to just have the task sequence display a warning and reboot the computer its booted using UEFI.

The solution comes easy by using a simple HTA and the task sequence variable _SMSTSBootUEFI.

First we created the warning HTA, basically just a small webpage, with some extra tags.

Then we added a new task sequence group “Warning on UEFI boot" and put a condition _SMSTSBootUEFI equals “true". _SMSTSBootUEFI on it. The task sequence variable _SMSTSBootUEFI is automatically set to true if the task sequence is booted using UEFI.

The group contains two steps, one to display the HTA warning and one that sets a variable “usercancelled" to true.
The rest of our task sequence is wrapped in task sequence group set only to run if usercanccled is not set.

The result, if the task sequence is booted using UEFI a warning message is displayed and task sequence is rebooted.

No more handelig support request from people not reading the manual

Next step, get UEFI boot to work.