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  • Blog Post: Using Package Conversion Manager (PCMs) Fix & Convert–Moving Manual Readiness Packages

    In today’s post, I wanted to take some time to outline to ConfigMgr administrators how to effectively use a key feature that is in Package Conversion Manager (PCM) RC released last week .  Beyond the US – English release , we also released the international versions of PCM – German | Simplified...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr P2V Migration Toolkit Announced & CTP Available

    During the past year, we’ve been working on building a new P2V toolkit that was recently released.  This toolkit, Configuration Manager P2V Migration Toolkit, aims at accelerating the migration to Configuration Manager 2012.  It is, though, much more than just a P2V toolkit and over the new...
  • Blog Post: Creating Stand-alone Media to Deploy Windows Server 2008 that Captures Physical Host

    The entire goal of the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit is to, as I outlined in my previous post , is to “flip” the physical server with no need for additional hardware.  I outlined in “ Using ConfigMgr Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) Migration Toolkit’s “Action Pad” to build...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Beta 2–User-Driven Installation (UDI) Version 2

    Since the release of MDT 2010 Update 1 , our User-Driven Installation (UDI) engineering team has worked extremely hard at making the use of UDI much simpler for administrators and end-users to use.  This is the founding principle, or pillar, we focused on this past year.  This hard work of...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 User Driven Installation (UDI) Drill-down at MMS 2012

    I’ve arrived.  The wheels are down here in Las Vegas and I’m getting pretty excited.  I’m participating in a few sessions this week and I wanted to talk through some of the things to expect if you attend our MDT 2012 User-Driven Installation (UDI) talk.  In MDT 2012 UDI, which is currently...
  • Blog Post: Using ConfigMgr Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) Migration Toolkit’s “Action Pad” to build Task Sequence

      As I’ve previously discussed on my blog , our engineering team has partnered with two System Center teams – Configuration Manager & Virtual Machine Manager – to deliver a new toolkit called Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) Migration Toolkit .  This toolkit aims at simplifying...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2012: 1 Session & 100’s of Customers Conversations

    It’s that time of the year!  The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) has moved back to its favored home at “The Venetian Hotel” and at the moment is an absolute sold out house.  This conference ranks high upon my list of favorites as it provides everything the IT professional desires – System...
  • Blog Post: Learning MDT 2012’s User-Driven Installation (UDI)

    After spending a lot of time talking to customers after we integrated code-name “Modena” into the powerful, and enterprise-ready Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 , it was obvious that our engineering team needed to spend some dedicated effort in helping customers get the right training for implementing...
  • Blog Post: Using WinPE Creator to Create Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) of your physical server

    In the past two posts , I’ve focused on the first two capabilities provided in the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit .  The primary scenario for this toolkit is to offer customers the ability to virtualize their physical servers when they don’t readily have System Center...
  • Blog Post: VhdCapture & VhdPrep: Using these tools to P2V your physical server to USB, Network Share

    In today’s post, I want to spend some time sharing how to use the virtualization tools that our team (MPSD Development) built as part of the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit (ConfigMgr P2V). In previous posts , I shared how ConfigMgr customers could utilize the toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Extending User-Driven Installation (UDI) in MDT 2012

    A key pillar in our rebuilt User-driven installation for MDT 2012 was to remove the monolithic approach and focus on building an extensible, lego-set approach to our UDI Wizard & Designer.  This is an important feature that allows developers, and some IT professionals with coding abilities,...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Package Conversion Manager (PCM) RC2 for Configuration Manager 2012

    Back in November 2011, I announced that our team had reached a critical milestone of releasing the System Center Configuration Manager Package Conversion Manager (PCM) RC1 feature pack.  The engineering team that I oversee spent a great deal of time working closely with the Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Introducing User-Driven Install (UDI) for MDT 2012 Update 1

    Our engineering team has had an amazing journey this past year with two key releases to help our customers improve their capabilities for deploying Windows in their enterprises.   As you know, we released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 in April of this year to coincide with the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Package Conversion Manager (PCM) Scheduled Package Analyzer

    In Package Conversion Manager (PCM) RC2, we added a feature called Scheduled Package Analyzer (SPA) to assist customers in automating the analysis process for your migrated packages/programs.  This feature gives administrators a lot of flexibility on when they analysis is run based on when the usage...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012: Package Conversion Manager (PCM) & Readiness State

    In today’s post, I wanted to take a little bit of time to build a bit deeper on the underlying principles of the “Readiness” state for Package Conversion Manager (PCM) as it is the fundamental to understand.  My colleague, Cameron King, outlined in his blog titled “ Package Conversion Manager Readiness...