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Amend an SCCM NTFS USB flash drive for the Microsoft Surface 3 (Non Pro)

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Microsoft Surface 3’s for some reason don’t support mounting USB Flash drives mounted as NTFS from its UEFI/BIOS and have to be FAT32.
Either reformat the USB flash drive as Fat32 and copy back the image (Windows Command Line currently only supports FAT32 to NTFS conversion, not the other way around), third party software needs to be used to keep data in place such as Rufus. This was also recommended by the IT shared service centre where I work and worked perfectly for every Surface 3 device we had.

Georgia Telnet or SSH generate a list of users for GS_L_User.txt

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Georgia Telnet can restrict the number of users that connect to Telnet or SSH.
I am lazy so I tend to generate a list based off our user logon scripts folders, however I do of course take a backup and test it afterwards.

Additional information:
Georgia Telnet Manual and Logon Features

Batch script to help with launching files for correct version of Windows

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We encountered an issue during a migration to Windows 10 where I had missed a program which had hard coded links, these no longer worked due to Microsoft Access being a newer version.
I generated a simple script so we could change the hard coded links to allow it to select the correct version, all we do is call the script and add the access filename. It only handles Windows 7 and 10, but you can easily add you own section before goto sub_wrongos by using version numbers from MSDN. It can also be amended to launch something else.
I used start instead of call or simply the command line as this would leave the Windows Command Prompt window in the background until the application it launched was closed.
This isn’t ideal and meant to be temporary, so when fully migrated we will hard code them back to our Office 2016 versions of Access Front ends.