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  • Blog Post: Understanding what the USMT 4.0 CONFIG manifests migrate (Part 1: Introduction)

    Hi folks, Ned here again. We've been asked many times to provide more specific information on what USMT migrates when using the included manifests and calling the OS' built-in manifests . We've touched on these details previously in the so-called " operating system components " listed under TechNet article...
  • Blog Post: Get Shiny with USMT: Turning the Aero Theme on During XP to Windows 7 Migration

    Ned here again. Today’s post is quick and dirty… and glossy! One thing users notice immediately about Windows 7 is the default Aero theme. Even if you‘re not a fan of eye candy, your users are – and in the end they run the show in most environments. Especially when their business...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Newfie from the Grave Edition

    Heya, Ned here again. Since this another of those catch up mail sacks, there’s plenty of interesting stuff to discuss. Today we talk NSPI, DFSR, USMT, NT 4.0 (!!!), Win2008/R2 AD upgrades, Black Hat 2010, and Irish people who live on icebergs. Faith and Begorrah! NSPI max sessions per...
  • Blog Post: USMT 4.0: Cryptic Messages with Easy Fixes

    Ned here again. As you begin the process of moving off your older operating systems to Windows 7 you may end up using USMT 4.0 . With its powerful capabilities and intended audience of IT professionals, the tool can be unforgiving and often gives inscrutable messages. Today I’ll cover a few of...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Saturday Edition

    Ned here. As you may have noticed, it is not Friday. You may also have noticed that this post is awesome and packed with many weeks of delayed content goodness. This notice may extend to the fact that I have no life. You notice a lot, don’t you smarty? I cannot imagine someone looking...
  • Blog Post: USMT and Invalid User Mapping

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Today I discuss an insidious issue you can see with USMT when you have previously migrated computers between forests with ADMT . This scenario is rare enough that I didn't bother with a KB article - not to mention it's easier to explain with pictures and "wit". If...
  • Blog Post: USMT and /SF

    Hi all, Ned here again. I’ve seen an emerging issue with USMT that I need to address while our TechNet documentation is updated. If you are using USMT 4.0 for migrations from XP, this is required reading to avoid some very gnarly problems when using the /SF switch in loadstate. Onward. Background...
  • Blog Post: Controlling USMT Desktop Shell Icon Behavior from XP (and how to create registry values out of thin air)

    People of Earth! It is I, Ned - your benevolent alien dictator - back again to talk to you about USMT. A few customers have asked me how to prevent XP Classic Start Menu desktop icons from migrating to Windows 7. Since these aren’t true shortcuts, you have to do some gyrations to block these...
  • Blog Post: Understanding what the USMT 4.0 CONFIG manifests migrate (Part 17: Vista Section H)

    This part covers the following config.xml components for Windows Vista: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- < component displayname = " Date, Time, Language and Region " migrate = " yes " ID = " date_time_language_and_region " >...
  • Blog Post: USMT x86 to x64 migration– Do not migrate COM+ setup manifest

    Ned here. We rarely release USMT KB articles, so this post is to spread the word on a scenario that is easy to run into: do not allow calling of the Microsoft-Windows-COM-ComPlus-Setup-DL or Windows-COM-ComPlus-Setup manifests if migrating from x86 to x64. Bad things will happen otherwise, and while...
  • Blog Post: Understanding what the USMT 4.0 CONFIG manifests migrate (Part 2: XP Section A)

    This part covers the following config.xml components for Windows XP: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- < component displayname = " WindowsSearchEngine-DL " migrate = " yes " ID = " http://www.microsoft.com/migration/1.0/migxmlext...
  • Blog Post: USMT and U: Migrating only fresh domain profiles

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Frequently someone asks me how to make USMT 4.0 migrate only recently used domain user profiles. This might sound like a simple request for a USMT veteran, but there are some subtleties caused by processing rules and behaviors. Today I go through how this works, talk about pitfalls...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Tuesday To You Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s a long weekend here in the United States, so today I talk to you tell myself about a domain join issue one can only see in Win7/R2 or later, what USMT hard link migrations really do, how to poke LDAP in legacy PowerShell, time zone migration, and an emerging issue...
  • Blog Post: USMT pauses at "starting the migration process" for many minutes then works

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Occasionally, someone pings me to explain why USMT 4.0 scanstate is running slowly. My first demand is to see the scanstate.log file, having provided the argument /v:5 . That log shows the command-line, the XML files selected, and what "slow" really means. In this particular...
  • Blog Post: What the heck does /genmigxml do?

    Hello guys and gals, Kim Nichols here with my first AskDS post. While deciding on a title, I did a quick search on the word "heck" on our AskDS blog to see if Ned was going to give me any grief. Apparently, we " heck " a lot around here, so I guess it's all good. :-) I'm hoping to...
  • Blog Post: USMT 4 Update Released to Support Office 2010 Migrations, Fix Other Goo

    Hi, David here. Some of you may have noticed that if you tried to migrate Office 2010 settings using USMT 4.0, the results were often less than ideal. Without going into a very long and ultimately meaningless explanation, this happened because USMT 4.0 didn’t have any of the information needed to know...
  • Blog Post: Understanding what the USMT 4.0 CONFIG manifests migrate (Part 11: Vista Section B)

    This part covers the following config.xml components for Windows Vista: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- < component displayname = " Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-Manager-SnapIn-NonMSIL " migrate = " yes " ID = " http://www...
  • Blog Post: USMT and Converting Registry Data Types

    Heya folks, Ned here again. Microsoft is legendary for its backwards compatibility. No other operating system family can claim to support as much older software and settings as Windows - heck, companies like Apple seem to proudly cut "legacy" support after a few years and spin it like it's a positive...
  • Blog Post: Monthly Mail Sack: Yes, I Finally Admit It Edition

    Heya folks, Ned here again. Rather than continue the lie that this series comes out every Friday like it once did, I am taking the corporate approach and rebranding the mail sack. Maybe we’ll have the occasional Collector’s Edition versions. This week month, I answer your questions on: The semi-myth...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Carl Sandburg Edition

    Hi folks, Jonathan again. Ned is taking some time off visiting his old stomping grounds – the land of Mother-in-Laws and heart-breaking baseball. Or, as Sandburg put it: “ Hog Butcher for the World , Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;...
  • Blog Post: Does USMT Migrate <This Goo>?

    Hi folks, Ned here again. Below are the two most common USMT questions I get asked these days: USMT is not migrating setting X for application Y. Is USMT broken or is this expected behavior? I am in the planning phase and have not yet tried, but will USMT migrate setting X for application Y? There are...
  • Blog Post: Understanding what the USMT 4.0 CONFIG manifests migrate (Part 5: XP Section D)

    This part covers the following config.xml components for Windows XP: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- < component displayname = " Network and Internet " migrate = " yes " ID = " network_and_internet " > < component displayname...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Peevish Nediquette Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. This week I talk about Vista’s hidden AD schema, SYSVOL migration mission control, kick-starting cached logon performance, USMT c'est la vie, foul-mouthed NetBIOS, DFSR do-over, and the usual random goo. What to do with a Version 39 (Vista Beta) AD Schema When...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Goat Riding Bambino Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. I’m trying to get back into the swing of having a mail sack every week but they can be pretty time consuming to write (hey, all this wit comes at a price!) so I am experimenting with making them a little shorter. This week we talk AD PowerShell secrets, USMT and Profile scalability...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Now with 100% more words

    Hi folks, Ned here again. It’s been nearly a month since the last Mail Sack post so I’ve built up a good head of steam. Today we discuss FRS, FSMO, Authentication, Authorization, USMT, DFSR, VPN, Interactive Logon, LDAP, DFSN, MS Certified Masters, Kerberos, and other stuff. Plus a small...