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  • Blog Post: Useful Script Number 4 - Silent Installation of Windows AIK 1.1

    One of the things that you may need to do - particularly if you are tying to automate the creation of a deployment server in a lab environment - is install the Windows Automated Installation Kit. You may think that because Windows AIK is supplied as .msi files that this would be a simple process, however...
  • Blog Post: Back to basics #1 – Locking the computer during deployment

    This is the first post in a series that will cover some of the more simple/basic tricks that you can do with MDT, but that are often overlooked.  I’ll be the first to admit that a couple of them I only learnt recently, even though I have been using BDD/MDT for years. During the deployment of a computer...
  • Blog Post: Useful Script Number 6 - Pausing the Task Sequence

    Have you ever wanted to pause the task sequence in MDT 2008 or ConfigMgr 2007 for a few seconds while something catches up...? I had a requirement to do this recently where I ran a task to close and cancel the Windows Sidebar at the start of the State Restore phase of the task sequencer and then turn...
  • Blog Post: Useful Script Number 2 - Move the Task Sequence Window

    Have you ever created a build and had to pop up a message to the user/technician? - or had to start an HTA application to request some kind of user input during the build or deployment process? If you have then you will know that the task sequence window sits centre screen and everything else pops up...
  • Blog Post: "Up-ping" the uptime of your Lite-Touch server

    I like the lite-touch installation (LTI) feature of MDT, it think it's great and is very impressive as it allows clients to easily see the benefit that they will gain by using MDT to create and deploy their images. I can go on-site with a customer to demo the product and have a basic MDT server configured...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 Lite Touch and SMS 2003 Zero Touch Video Walkthroughs

    I have had a number of emails and comments requesting the location for the video walkthroughs featuring BDD 2007 Lite Touch and BDD 2007/SMS 2003 Zero Touch Setup, so I have re-posted them to the Deployment Guys SkyDrive for download: The BDD 2007 Lite Touch Video Walkthrough download pack (23.5 MB...
  • Blog Post: Documenting Your Task Sequences Automagically

    Often times, after creating an MDT or SCCM task sequence, you need to document it for yourself or your customers. Usually, this involves creating a table with the groups and steps, extracting their descriptions, identifying conditions and denoting the step actions and variables and then having format...
  • Blog Post: Getting help when you are really stuck

    A lot of people think that because BDD and MDT are free products they are not eligible for support from Microsoft. This question seems to crop up quite often and people are often surprised when I point out the truth! So, in true A-Team spirit (i.e. "If you have a problem, if no one else can help,...