Ben Hunter

Architect - Microsoft Enterprise Services - Redmond

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  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - New BDD blog

    Richard Smith one of my fellow Microsoft consultants from the UK has started a blog (finally!). Richard is very knowledgeable on everything about BDD and operating system deployment so I am sure you will find his blog very useful. Richard has started his blog with two great video walk through's covering...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - Tips and Tricks - Sorting Applications

    Hands up everyone who has tried to add an application to the task sequence and been frustrated by the fact that you can not control the order of the applications. Instead you have too scan through a list of applications that are ordered by the time you imported the application into the Deployment Workbench...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - How to create a Custom task sequence with reboots

    I am often asked how to setup a custom task sequence that will continue after a reboot. If you have created a custom task sequence to install a number of applications that includes a reboot then you will know the problem I am taking about. When you do this you will find that the computer will reboot...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - TechNet Magazine article worth reading

    One of my fellow Microsoft Services consultants from the UK Adam Shepherd, has just had an article published in TechNet Magazine. The article provides advice on how to scale BDD. This includes how to to support multiple databases, use DFS-R and how to leverage WDS. The advice is based on learning...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 Time saving tips - How to manually use a BDD Task Sequence to test application installation

    How often when creating a your perfect image do you find that you run through image build process only to find that one of your applications fails to install? I find this to be a very commmon occurence. After a cursing about how I have just wasted another hour I ring the wife and tell her I am going...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - BDD and PowerTab - Be teased no more!

    I am sure that many of you a very keen to use the functionality demonstrated in the PowerShell Guy's BDD 2007 teaser. Well be teased no more..... it’s available! http://thepowershellguy.com/blogs/posh/archive/2007/06/14/powertab-0-93-powershell-tab-expansion-scripts-library.aspx This is a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: BDD is now Microsoft Deployment

    The big secret is now out! BDD has officially had a name change, the next version will be called Microsoft Deployment. I was hoping the new name would be "the solution accelerator formerly known as BDD" but I don't think that even made it to first cut because the acronym would have been too long ...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 Tips - Creating Model Aliases

    When trying to manage drivers and hardware specific application with BDD 2007, I have found that with some model types (HP D530) return many variations on the same model number. While these have slight variations to their model names they have virtually no difference to their driver set. This means that...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 -How to ensure the computer is in the correct OU

    As promised in a previous blog post here is a script to move a computer to the correct OU from within the host operating system. There are two situations where I find this script useful: When a computer object already exists in Active Directory for the computer you are deploying. In this situation...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - How to move a computer object in Windows PE

    Many of my customers have Group Policy settings that are very restrictive and cause problems during operating system deployments. For example the legal notice messages can interrupt an automated logon process. This can be a real hassle to get around when deploying so to solve the issue the I perform...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - How to Prompt for information then update the database

    I have previously published posts detailing how you can perform bulk updates to the database and how you can use the LTI wizard to prompt for information in ZTI deployments. Now I think it's about time I show you how to combine these two features and populate the database with the information gathered...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - Quick Start Guide Released

    For all of you that are new to BDD 2007 (and some of those that aren't) I would highly recommend getting your hands on the "Quick Start for BDD 2007" white paper. As it says it will help you quickly get started with BDD without the need for wading through the BDD documentation. This can be obtained from...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - Time saving tips - How to manually restart the build process

    When troubleshooting the BDD deployment I often make a change then test. Then find that I need to make another adjustment and test again. Well this this process can be time consuming especially if you have to wait for Windows PE to reboot each time. Well I have a couple of tips to help speed this...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - Understanding BDD logs

    Before you can troubleshoot BDD 2007 you need to clearly understand the many logs used during an OS deployment. If you understand what log to refer to and at what time you will find things that where once mysterious become understandable. With this in mind I thought I would provide this quick guide...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - Troubleshooting Database issues

    I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked to help some troubleshoot their database issues, so I decided it was time to write a blog about it. This blog details the common issues faced when using the BDD configuration database. The first part details the common causes of database issues...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - Tips and Tricks - Identifying hardware types

    When using BDD to deploy and OS one of the first things it does is detect information about the hardware via WMI. As part of this detection process it determines the Chassis Type of the machine. By using this information we can configure the rules to perform different tasks based on the hardware type...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - How do you do it?

    I am often asked how I install and configure BDD 2007. So I thought now was a good time to detail at a high level the process I go through to create and deploy operating system images using BDD 2007. This is not a step by step guide but more of a rant about how I do BDD and the reasons why. The...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 - Intel Mass Storage Drivers (iastor)

    Everytime Intel releases a new mass storage chipset I receive the same call/email from from most of my customers and it goes something like this: "Hi Ben, I have just got a new machine and I can't deploy an image to it, do you know what is going on?" The problem they are having is that their...
  • Blog Post: BDD2007 - Bulk database updates

    I am often asked how I perform bulk updates to the BDD 2007 database. BDD 2.5 provided a tool to perform this task but BDD 2007 does not. To get around this issue I use a simple CSV import process. Unlike the BDD 2.5 the BDD 2007 database is made up of multiple tables, so when adding computers to...