The Deployment Guys

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December, 2009

Posts
  • Happy Holidays - Windows 7 style

    As the final installment in my Windows 7 holiday series, have a look at what is being left for Santa at our house.  These were made from dough from my wife’s batch of Snickerdoodles.  (It’s the final installment because these projects are causing...
  • New Elevation PowerToys Blog

    A while back I wrote two articles for TechNet Magazine describing a set of tools to work around a number of shortcomings when trying to elevate some types of tasks in Windows Vista and higher with User Account Control enabled.  I have even written...
  • Where to find DevCon.exe

    Update 2013-06-22: I recently deleted a comment by a reader who posted a link to the versions of DevCon that he had extracted from the Windows Driver Kit. Redistribution of Microsoft software without consent is usually a violation of our End User License...
  • Creating a SID Mapping File with Windows PowerShell

    Before I became a “Deployment Guy”, I used to be an “Active Directory Guy” and worked on quite a few Active Directory deployments and migrations.  When users, groups, and computers are migrated to a new domain, the resources (files, shares, user...
  • A Change in Line-Up

    As some of you may have noticed, we have a new Deployment Guy, Samesh Singh . As you can see from Samesh’s BIO here , he is from Australia and is an expert in deployment technologies. He has already gotten off to a great start by posting an excellent...
  • Awesome feature with a catch

    Since I’m the newbie in the Deployment Guys, I thought I’d take a step back to Windows Vista to discuss an issue that is not strictly deployment, but affects a deployment, and the steady state of an environment. I should also add that most of the investigative...
  • ConfigMgr Admin Console GUID documentor

    ConfigMgr allows for great extensibility to perform right click actions. You can find information on this here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc143056.aspx . Those of you that have done this before know that the first step is digging through...
  • Sysprep, Machine SIDs and Other Myths

    In a recent blog post , Mark Russinovich wrote about the implications of having duplicate machine Security Identifiers (machine SIDs).  As it turns out, there are likely very few situations where having duplicate machine SIDs causes issues. ...
  • Preventing OEM builds from Accidentally Performing Mini-Setup without the Task Sequence

    When you pre-load an OEM build on machines, they are usually set-up to perform Mini-setup as soon as they come up. Customers sometimes have difficulties ensuring that these machines boot to WinPE using boot media or PXE rather than simply performing Mini...