Ben Hunter

Architect - Microsoft Enterprise Services - Redmond

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  • 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 - 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 - 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: Top Ten - Most Common BDD 2007 issues

    I see the same issues coming up over and over again with BDD 2007. So, I decided it was time for my own Top Ten List! Number 1. - Partitioning within the Unattend.xml BDD likes (no needs) to look after partitioning itself! Do not do this via Unattend.xml. The most common symptom of this is the...
  • 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...