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Chris's Blog - Just weedin around Microsoft
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...
17 Nov 2011
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...
31 Mar 2011
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...
31 Aug 2011
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...
14 Nov 2011
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...
16 Apr 2012
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...
1 Aug 2011
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...
13 Mar 2012
Kicking the tires for Configuration Manager 2012’s Package Conversion Manager (PCM)
In the past few months, we’ve received a lot of requests to help many of you focus on “testing” the new Package Conversion Manager (PCM) that is available in the Microsoft Download Center . It is rather trivial to actually download PCM and install in your production environment yet...
8 Oct 2012
Introducing Package Conversion Manager (PCM) 2.0 Beta: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Support
As I’ve outlined in the past, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and Package Conversion Manager (PCM) are very tightly integrated. This integration creates a situation whereby any major updates to the ConfigMgr 2012 product requires the PCM team to update PCM. Yesterday, our team released...
11 Sep 2012
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...
27 Jul 2012
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...
1 Sep 2011
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...
9 Sep 2011
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,...
4 Aug 2012
ConfigMgr 2012 PCM: Walking through PCM Plug-In capabilities
In the complicated and dynamic world of applications, Enterprises continued to find unique and interesting ways to approach software delivery with System Center Configuration Manager. During the development of Package Conversion Manager (PCM), we quickly determined that one area that was ripe for investment...
12 Sep 2012
ConfigMgr 2012: Introducing Package Conversion Manager (PCM) for Seamless Migration to AppModel
For the past 15 months, our engineering team has spent a great deal of time partnering with the System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) team building a feature pack called Package Conversion Manager . As many know, ConfigMgr 2012 introduces a powerful shift in how you as a administrator...
7 Nov 2011
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...
18 Jan 2012
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...
21 Aug 2012
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...
19 Jan 2012
Configuration Manager 2012: Package Conversion Manager 2.0 Released
The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 released today and widely available. With this release, our team has worked really hard to ensure that we update and support Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 for our application migration tool called Package Conversion Manager (PCM). We originally...
15 Jan 2013
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...
10 Nov 2011
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