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How to deploy Windows 10 with Columbus 7.4.0

How to deploy Windows 10 with Columbus 7.4.0


You want to deploy Windows 10 with Columbus 7.4.


You want to deploy Windows 10 with Columbus 7.4.


Columbus Version 7.4.0:

  • Activated Columbus Client Autoupdate
  • Assigned Columbus Client Config Template
  • Licensed and activated Columbus Deploy Suite or higher

Obtain your Windows 10 Evaluation copy
If you don?t have already your own Windows 10 Enterprise copy, please visit the Microsoft evaluation channel:
After a registration you?ll get your evaluation copy and can start with the deployment.
Create Windows 10 OS Release

  • Download and extract the content in your Columbus share (E.g. D:\Columbus).
  • Navigate to Windows 10 OS Release (E.g. D:\Columbus\OSDepot\Windows10.x64)
  • Copy your Windows setup media content to ?.\OS\? (Do not overwrite or remove the file source.ini!).
  • Navigate to ?.\Job? and select the appropriate language job (Depends from your Windows 10 Copy) like ?c_Language_GERMAN? to edit job.ini and change ?Usage=Optional? to ?Usage=Mandatory? -> this job will be selected by default for new configuration.

Edit Windows defaults (unattend.xml)

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows 10 ProfessionalW269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 10 Professional NMH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 10 EnterpriseNPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 10 Enterprise NDPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 10 EducationNW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 10 Education N2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSBWNMTR-4C88C-JK8YV-HQ7T2-76DF9
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB N2F77B-TNFGY-69QQF-B8YKP-D69TJ
  • Navigate into ?.\Sites\MySite\Config\MyConfig? folder of the newly created OS-Release:
  • Edit unattend.xml for the entries for <Key>#####-#####-#####-#####-#####</Key> (Note: There are always TWO lines to edit. -> x86/x64!) with one of the followed values:
Or type your own Windows License key if available.Edit the Columbus option (columbus.ini)
  • Navigate into ?.\Sites\MySite\Config\MyConfig? folder of the new created OS-Release:
  • Edit the section [My Columbus Environment] to define the Columbus user access to network resources. Be sure to encrypt the password with CryptIt.exe which can be found in %_ProgramFiles%\Columbus\Console\Tools.
Edit installation options (choices.ini)

  • Navigate into ?.\Sites\MySite\Config\MyConfig? folder of the new created OS-Release:
  • Edit the section [Domains]. Be sure to encrypt the password with PublicCrypt.exe which can be found in %_ProgramFiles%\Columbus\Console\Tools.
Edit installation defaults (options.ini)
  • Edit options.ini for the entries for [Defaults] (You can specify the values which will be displayed by default if nothing is selected by user):
    Values for KeyboardValues for RegionJob
    South Africa (English)R_SAEng.en
    Switzerland (French)
    Switzerland (German)
    Switzerland (Italian)
    United KingdomR_UK.en
    United StatesR_US.en
    Edit the ?Domain=? entry with your Alias-name from choices.ini
    Edit the entries within the [Database] section to connect to Columbus communication server.
Ready for OS-Deployment
After your modification, schedule a refresh for OS Deployment agent in Columbus Management Console (CMC.exe) to offer new OS Release for your environment.
Then you can assign and configure the new OS-Release to your devices.

Use best-practice for Windows 10 Configuration
Brainwaregroup offers you two as-is SW-Packages with known best-practices settings and scripting code. Be free to change content and use the packages in your test environment.

Please keep in mind that those SW-Packages are not included in your maintenance contract(s) so no warranty or support is provided. Our Consulting staff will be happy to assist you during a Customer project.

This SW Package contains hundreds of different Windows settings (Vista or higher):

  • Enable NumLock state by default
  • Enable Administrative shares (IPC$, Admin$)
  • Set high-performance power options
  • Enable built-in Administrator account
  • Show most used icons on desktop
  • And many more?

This SW Package allows to remove default Apps from Modern-UI (Windows 8 or higher):

  • Bing Finance, Bing News, Bing Sports, Bing Weather?
  • Solitaire Collection, OneNote, Office Hub?
  • Photos, Calculator, Camera?
  • And many more?

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