Ben Hunter

Architect - Microsoft Enterprise Services - Redmond

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  • 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 - Special characters special problems

    Here is a simple tip when using BDD. DO NOT use special characters anywhere. They cause problems. Let's illustrate this with an example. I create an application with the name "AT&T Dialer". Then when I add this application to the task sequence I see that it is now displayed as "INSTALL-ATT Dialer...
  • 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: Deployment 4 – Who stole my build?

    Well for those of you that have already installed Deployment 4 may have notice that Deployment 4 does not use builds anymore. Task sequences are used instead. Task sequences are very similar to builds with a few subtle changes. All of the task sequence configuration information is now maintained...
  • Blog Post: Deployment 4 - UPDATE - How to create a custom task sequence

    I have previously mentioned how to create a custom task sequence to save time when testing application installation in BDD 2007. You will find the article here . There are two problems you could run into when using this process with Deployment 4. If you create a custom task sequence based...
  • Blog Post: Deployment 4 (the next version of BDD) - Beta 3 Released

    It looks like the BDD team has been very busy! They have just released Deployment 4 Beta 3 the worthy successor to BDD 2007. Having spent a reasonable amount of time testing Deployment 4 I must say I am very impressed, particularly when it is combined with SCCM. So what is it that has impressed...