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Reducing Windows Deployment time using Power Management
The following post was contributed by Benjamin Rampe a Senior PFE working for Microsoft. While studying up on Windows 10, I came across a technique that has been shown to reduce the time it takes to apply an OS WIM to disk by 20 – 50%*. That’s a fairly significant savings in time and the...
27 Mar 2015
Back to basics #2 – 7 Things you shouldn’t do in a LiteTouch Deployment
The below list is a list of the most common mistakes made when creating a LiteTouch task sequence. While not an exhaustive list, it might help to improve your deployment experience when using MDT to create LiteTouch deployments. 1.) Hard-code paths to files/scripts in the task sequence, or inside...
17 Oct 2008
Deploying Custom Registry Settings for Office 2010
If you are planning to customise your Office 2010 deployment significantly, then at some point, you will more than likely need to make changes to the registry. Perhaps you wrote a custom add-in that you need to define (In “ HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office\Word\Addins ”), or maybe you want to tweak the...
31 May 2011
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...
30 Apr 2008
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...
1 Oct 2008
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...
7 Jul 2008
Splitting Task Sequences To Make Life Easier #2
In a previous post , I described the first of two methods on how to drastically reduce the time (and stress/frustration!) it takes to debug an MDT task sequence, by eliminating all the tasks that work. In this post, I’d like to close this topic with the second of the two methods on how to achieve...
24 Feb 2011
Dynamically Installing ‘Computer Specific’ Applications Using Configuration Manager with MDT
There is a little known component of the MDT database that, when used with Configuration Manager, can automatically re-install applications that were previously installed on a device. It is not well known, simply because it isn’t readily visible from the database view within the Deployment...
3 Feb 2012
MDT Debugger 2.1
As some of our regular readers will have seen, I released version 2.0 of the MDT Debugger a short time ago. This version 2.1 is just a minor update with the following changes/improvements: Fixed a bug in the output window that caused some process output not to be captured and displayed Added...
9 May 2011
Allowing Better Interaction to App-V Virtual Applications
Each time I work on a Windows deployment project, App-V figures more and more in the conversations that I have with customers. It is, in my opinion, now a vital tool that is needed in order to successfully migrate an existing platform (or deploy a new one) to Windows 7. The uses for App-V vary but two...
5 Jul 2011
Useful Script Number 5 - Adjusting the Default User Registry Hive
Michael Murgolo did a great post on the different ways to adjust default settings when building an image ( Configuring default settings for Windows image deployment ) and one of the options presented was to targeted changes to the Default User Registry hive and profile folders. I had to do this recently...
6 Jun 2008
Back to basics #4 – Things You Shouldn't Do But Are Tempted To
It's been a while, but I'll now continue this series of basic tips in the hope to help avoid some deployment unpleasantness that you might rub shoulders with at some point! In this post I'll explain 5 common errors that people make when configuring their newly deployed Windows 7, and what you should...
14 Dec 2010
Kick-Starting SCCM Advertisements
I managed to beat fellow Deployment Guy Michael Murgolo to the honour of the first post of 2011, so it is my responsibility to wish all our readers a happy new year! I hope all your 2011 deployment projects go well, and we've all got some good posts lined up over the coming months which hopefully will...
18 Jan 2011
Windows 7 Background Customization
One of the most requested windows7 customization in every deployment projects is the OS branding. Here is a quick step by step guide. Windows Background Picture: If you want to assign a Win7 Background & Logon picture based on the size of the Monitor we recommend to create a picture that looks...
22 Aug 2011
Splitting Task Sequences To Make Life Easier #1
I don't know about you but it frustrates me that, to test certain parts of a task sequence, I have to run the entire task sequence from the very beginning, formatting the drive and installing the WIM image. This can be a process that can take an hour just to reach the point I want to test, causing a...
8 Feb 2011
Task Sequence logic tricks using MDT variables
In my particular part of the Microsoft organization (the CTS testing lab), we install just about every OS, at every service pack level, on both major platforms. Because of this, I created a master template that is used to create dozens of task sequences where the only thing that changes is the OS. To...
28 Jul 2008
Getting caught out by your logon script
Whenever I go onsite with a customer to start a Windows Vista deployment project I always like to discuss with them the issues that we will be having during the project. I do this so that, together, we can try and avoid having the issues in the first place. Most of the issues the customer...
26 May 2008
UK Tech Days Content Now Live
A couple of weeks ago, I took part in the UK Tech Days event in London. This event – run over one full week – provided a fantastic selection of sessions and included a whole day on desktop related content. During our desktop day we covered desktop virtualisation, an introduction to application compatibility...
21 Jun 2011
"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...
31 Mar 2008
ZTI MDT Debugger 1.0
I've had this tool sitting in a folder on my laptop half-finished for a few months but after a particularly frustrating problem with a script in a ZTI deployment I was encouraged to finish it! The original MDTDebugger that I wrote is a great help for debugging tasks running in a litetouch (LTI) deployment...
4 Nov 2011
Useful Script Number 1 - Start and Stop Services
So over the next few weeks, I will be presenting a mini series of scripts that may useful in your deployments. All of the scripts will be BDD/MDT specific - meaning that they can be run from the task sequencer and will have the correct format for using the BDD/MDT framework for logging/utilities etc...
10 Mar 2008
Simple Deployment Monitoring
When working on a client site, the laboratory where I have the MDT server(s) set up along with the test machines is not always in the same place as where I am. This could be for a variety of reasons, but usually it is that the lab area is either too cold to stay in (aggressive AC being used!) or just...
25 Nov 2010
OSD: Dynamic Application Installation
In this post I am going to talk about a solution I put together for a customer around OSD and application installation by querying a collection. Anyone who has used Zero Touch Installation will be familiar with the ability to install applications from SMS packages. In the wizard screen you enter information...
10 Mar 2008
Adding Support for 802.1x to WinPE
Adding 802.1x functionality to WinPE has been a hot topic for a while now. And, given the amount of traffic and comments that my earlier post generated when I linked to the newly released updates for WinPE that add this long awaited support, it seems that a lot of people are interested in implementing...
2 Mar 2010
Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsize Businesses
Happy new year to everyone! It looks like I am making the first blog post here for 2012 :-) To get the year rolling I thought I'd share anexcellent resource that I stumbled across this week, even though it was published back in November. If you follow the link below you can download a printable overview...
12 Jan 2012
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