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TPM Provisioning in Windows 10

The following is taken from a post by someotherguy in our Enterprise Client Management Forum. It has some very important details that will become even more important as customers look to transition Windows 7 hardware to Windows 10 so we thought it would be a good idea to include it on this blog.  If you have questions about this topic, please visit the forum post and make a reply. 
We received the following information from Microsoft about bugs/changes in TPM provisioning:
Notice: In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update changes were made to the behavior of the “TPM.msc” management application. A change was made to the behavior of the TPM and the “Owner Password”.  The new behavior is such that if Auto-provisioning is enabled (the default) the “Owner Password” will not be available.  For use cases which require the “Owner Password”, custom provisioning of the TPM must be done to retain the password for later use and the existing password must be provided by the user at the time they select “…

ThinkPad/ThinkCentre BIOS to UEFI Conversion using Configuration Manager 1610

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Update: Verified to work on ThinkCentre's

A new Task Sequence Variable, TSUEFIDrive, was introduced in Configuration Manager Current Branch version 1610.  This variable will prepare the hard drive for transition to UEFI from legacy BIOS, in one task sequence.  This is extremely helpful if you're migrating systems from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in a refresh scenario.

A detailed walk-through by the Microsoft team on how to configure your Task Sequence for use with this variable can be found here.  We want to focus on step 5 from this guide:

- "Add a step to start the OEM tool that will convert the firmware from BIOS to UEFI. This will typically be a Run Command Line task sequence step with a command line to start the OEM tool." -

This blog post will demonstrate how to accomplish this scenario using the Think BIOS Config Tool.

On your test ThinkPad or ThinkCentre, use the Think BIOS Config tool to configure the BIOS settings you want applied to the rest of your ThinkPads/Th…