Ben Hunter

Architect - Microsoft Enterprise Services - Redmond

Ben Hunter

  • The Last Post

    Well I am sad to say that this is my last post. But don't worry I have something better. I have been thinking for quite a while that there are so many different blogs out there with useful deployment information. This is great but it can be difficult...
  • Microsoft Deployment - Released

    Well it looks like I no longer have to answer the question "when will Microsoft Deployment be released?" with the response "sometime soon :)". Microsoft Deployment is now released!! I wont go into all the details of what MDT does, you will find...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • BDD 2007 - A pretty good ZTI front end

    In the past I have written a number of blogs about how you can use the LTI wizard to create a customized front end for your ZTI deployments. They detail both how to use the wizards to gather information, how to automatically enter this information into...
  • 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...
  • Presenting at TechEd New Zealand

    I will be presenting a session at TechEd New Zealand on Monday covering Vista Deployment using BDD 2007. So if you happen to be attending make sure you come along, introduce yourself and ask lots of questions. I would like to put some faces to the names...
  • 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...
  • BDD 2007 - Reusing the SMS GUID in a New Computer deployment

    When performing a refresh based deployment using Zero Touch BDD will retain the computers current SMS GUID. This is very handy if you want to rebuild a computer but not lose any information associated with the computer SMS. (i.e. Assigned applications...
  • 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...
  • BDD 2007 - Integrating Mass Storage Drivers into your XP image

    After my previous blog about integrating mass storage drivers into Windows PE I have a number of requests about how to the same integrate drivers into XP their XP images. So here we go... The key point to note about integrating mass storage drivers...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • BDD 2007 - Patch 1 released

    Well the first patch for BDD 2007 has been released, download it here . This fixes a number of those niggling BDD issues, hopefully making your BDD experience a happier one! Here are my highlights: You no longer need to use the work around...