Quick Tip: Download the latest Windows 10 ISO file

Today on May 18, 2021, Windows 10 21H1 is released (May 2021 Update). This 21H1 version is a minor release version and the 21H2 version (later this year) will be a major release version. I use the latest Windows 10 versions in my lab environment for creating and testing golden images for VDI environments.

To download the latest Windows 10 ISO file I use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. This is a Windows-based tool. When starting the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool it opens a Graphical User Interface and you are able to download Windows 10 Home (N), Education (N) and the Pro (N) ISO. To download the Enterprise version you need to enter the command line. Here are the steps explained to download a Windows 10 Enterprise ISO:

  • Download the Media Creation Tool (MediaCreationTool21H1.exe), link
  • Select: “Download Tool now”
  • Open the command line
  • Use the following command to download the English 64-bits Windows 10 Enterprise ISO:
MediaCreationTool21H1.exe /Eula Accept /Retail /MediaArch x64 /MediaLangCode en-US /MediaEdition Enterprise
  • To download the Dutch 64-bits Windows 10 Enterprise ISO use the following command:
MediaCreationTool21H1.exe /Eula Accept /Retail /MediaArch x64 /MediaLangCode nl-NL /MediaEdition Enterprise
  • Enter the product key “NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43”.  The KMS client keys can be found here: link

  • Select: Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC

  • Select “Iso file” and browse to a location to store the ISO. You need at least 8GB free on the C-drive and the ISO size is between 4 and 5 GB.

  • The download of the Windows 10 ISO starts.

Once the downloading of the ISO is completed it’s ready for use.

Resources to prepare for the AZ-140 Configuring and Operating Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) on Microsoft Azure exam

I’m preparing for the AZ-140 Configuring and Operating Azure Virtual Desktop (WVD) on Microsoft Azure exam.

Today June 10, 2021, the exam is out of beta and Generally Available (Link).

The following resources I’m using for studying for the exam:

Create a free Azure account to get some hands-on lab experience

The Azure Academy did a great job and created  a series of AZ-140 study guides on YouTube:

Travis Roberts has created a training course and a set of exam questions for the AZ-140 exam on Udemy:

Pluralsight is free this month (April 2021). So take your change

Exam tips:

I hope that these resources will help you pass the AZ-104 exam. Let me know in a comment below about your experience with the AZ-104 exam.

Enable Adobe Flash support for the VMware Horizon Administrator console

Adobe Flash is no longer supported after December 31, 2020, and currently disabled by default.

During my consulting work, I still see organizations that use Adobe Flash-based applications such as the VMware Horizon Administrator. VMware Horizon 7.10 has an HTML5 based Horizon Console that nearly feature-complete and replaces the Adobe Flash-based Horizon Console.

For organizations, it can difficult to manage there VMware Horizon environments below version 7.10 of VMware Horizon. This can be done by enabling Adobe Flash temporarily. Caution: Enabling Adobe Flash is a security breach for your environment. So use with caution!!!

With the following steps you can enable Adobe Flash support on a Windows:

  • Download Firefox 78.6.1 ESR, link
  • Create or edit the following file: ‘C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\mms.cfg’ with the following settings:
EOLUninstallDisable=1
SilentAutoUpdateEnable=0
EnableAllowList=1
AutoUpdateDisable=1
ErrorReportingEnable=1
AllowListUrlPattern=https://fqdn-of-the-horizon-connection-server:443
  • Replace the ‘AllowListURLPattern’ with the FQDN of the VMware Horizon Connection server or load balancer URL
  • Open Firefox and enter the VMware Horizon Connection server or load balancing URL

When you are still using the VMware Horizon Administrator make sure to upgrade your VMware Horizon environment. The end of general support for Horizon 7 is March 2021. Upgrade to minimal VMware 7.13 (has general support till October of 2022) or VMware Horizon 8.x.