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Windows Server 2012 R2 – Custom Start Screen

Just a couple of quick PowerShell commands that can be used to create a Server 2012 R2 custom Start Screen.

Set up the Start Screen as required and then run this:

  • Export-StartLayout -As BIN -Path C:\Temp\CustomStartScreenLayout.bin

Use this to import.

  • Import-StartLayout -LayoutPath C:\Temp\CustomStartScreenLayout -MountPath c:\

The import line can be used in a script as part of an SCCM/MDT Task Sequence.

Administrative Templates for Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1

Procedure to follow to enable the new Administrative Templates for Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1.

  • Install the .MSI on the Domain Controller (DC).
  • Once the install is done navigate to:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows Server 2012\PolicyDefinitions to see the actual policy files.
  • On the DC create a new folder called PolicyDefinitions under C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\Policies.
  • Copy all the files from C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows Server 2012\PolicyDefinitions to the C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\Policies\PolicyDefinitions, excluding any language folders that are not required.

Wait a few minutes and the new policies will be available for use.