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  • Blog Post: Disk Cleanup in a MDT Task Sequence

    While using MDT to remaster an existing Windows 7 image I added tasks to apply Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and a slew of other updates to the image (so that deployed workstations are up to date out of the gate instead of waiting for updates to come down to each system across the network). Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell Script Library for MDT

    At the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 in March I presented session BF21, Accelerated Scripting with the MDT Framework . The session focused on using the VBScript libraries built-in to MDT to reduce the amount of time to write custom scripts and using a common framework and best practices for more lasting...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2011 Session

    A little self-promotion.... BF21 Accelerated Scripting with the MDT Framework Speaker(s): Aaron Czechowski Track(s): Server Management Technologies, Solution Accelerators, Systems Management Session Type: Breakout Session Product(s): Configuration Manager 2007 R2 & R3, Microsoft Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Customizing USMT Estimation with ConfigMgr Task Sequence

    One of the advantages of integrating MDT 2008 with ConfigMgr 2007 is a more dynamic state capture process. The MDT task "Determine Local or Remote" (ZTIUserState.wsf) gives you the ability to estimate the amount of space required for the state store, and then determine whether to store it on the local...
  • Blog Post: How to create a bootable ISO

    I know this information exists elsewhere in the world and I really dislike redundant posts.  But I’m always hard-pressed to find this so am posting it here more as a reminder to myself.  If it is of use to anyone else, all the better. When you update a MDT 2010 Update 1 distribution share that...
  • Blog Post: WSF whatif parameter

    Writing custom scripts for MDT and/or MDT-integrated ConfigMgr task sequences should leverage the common scripting framework in MDT (WSF script referencing ZTIUtility.vbs) to take advantage of the provided features, such as: centralized logging (e.g, C:\MININT\SMSOSD\OSDLOGS) shared environment...
  • Blog Post: How to restore from the OS backup

    A customer requirement for a recent pilot project was to migrate user workstations to Vista for only a few weeks; we have to restore to the previous OS at the end of the pilot. There are other scenarios in which you'd need to restore a system using the fat WIM captured with the MDT Backup script in your...