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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
Brocade Fiber Switch Console (Java) Shuts Down when Accessing via HTTP
If you run a lab or data center that includes Storage Area Networks (SAN) for shared storage then you’ve most likely run into switching technology . For example, in our engineering lab we have 20+ physical hosts connecting to a fiber-based Host Bus Adaptors (HBA) and this requires the use of switches...
27 Nov 2010
SCVMM 2012: A Frustrating Library that just will not go away! Forcibly Removing it
We recently had a situation with our System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) that literally frustrated the crap out of me. Don’t take that wrong, the product didn’t really cause the frustration instead it was the mis-use of the libraries in 2012 that did . You see, you live &...
6 Sep 2012
SCVMM & Failover Cluster Host Fails with Error 10429 – Older version of VMM Server installed
Recently, I had the unfortunate task of moving the System Center VMM Database off of a SQL cluster over to a stand-alone version of SQL 2008 SP1. This sounds extremely simple though it is unfortunate that it isn’t quite as simple as it possibly could be. In this blog, I thought I would share...
16 Jun 2010
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
Enabling Hyper-V Role Successfully via Operating System Deployment Task Sequence
During a ask-the-experts at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 in Las Vegas, a customer asked a question of how to utilize Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 to install Windows Server 2008/R2 and enable the Hyper-V role . The customer had tried several things but to no avail as...
2 May 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
TaskList, TaskKill, Remote Machine, Spinning Process, and killing that runaway process! 2-steps!
I’ve been dealing with a “application” these days that is absolutely driving me nuts. In short, this application that runs in user-mode context and displays data on the screen while locking the keyboard makes for a difficult situation when said application decides to “hang.”...
16 Feb 2011
Changing Hyper-V Cluster Virtual IP Address (VIP) After Layer 3 Changes
We recently had a change take place in our engineering lab that included a large set of layer 3 changes (IP, VLANs , Subnets, etc.) that caused us some downtime. Although most of the issues are well documented, I found though that there was one that simply plagued me in finding the resolution. ...
17 Sep 2011
VMM 2008 R2: Hyper-V Host is in Perpetual “Pending” State & VMM Service Crashes
Recently, I was doing some Hyper-V physical hosts moving and I found that one Hyper-V host getting managed by VMM got in a state whereby it found itself “sick.” I describe sick meaning that Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (VMM) could no longer manage the host (who was actually getting managed by...
12 Dec 2010
Fighting Hyper-V Physical Host Time Drift – Utilizing NTP to Synchronize Clocks
My team at Microsoft has an engineering lab, one of which, I’ve spent a lot of time designing and building that provides our team some robustness. We run our own “mini” lab for our engineering purposes that runs very much like a large number of enterprises. By this, I mean we have our own...
28 Aug 2009
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
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