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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Released – MDT 2012 Beta 1

    The MDT team has been busy working on MDT 2012 and have announced the release of Beta 1 today. Ok so what new things are you going to see when you install MDT 2012? Well you won’t see a lot really. This beta is really about the “under-the-hood” stuff, those continuous improvements...
  • Blog Post: Deprecation of the OSVersion Property and What to Do About It

    The OSVersion variable is populated with a short string representing the version of the operating system (e.g. XP, Vista, Win7Client, 2008, etc.). With MDT 2012, you may have noticed that when you deploy Window 8 that the value of the OSVersion variable gets set to “Other” instead of something...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012: New Features – Hide Shell

    Here is a common scenario. You are deploying an operating system using MDT Lite Touch, during the deployment you install some user specific applications. However the users think that the deployment is completed an they close the application installs or perhaps start messing with the machine while it...
  • Blog Post: Automatically Populate the PATCH Property for the ConfigMgr Client Installation - Updated for ConfigMgr 2012

    Update 2013-06-12: The newest version of this script can be found here . Two years ago I posted a script to automatically set the PATCH property used by ccmsetup.exe to install client updates during the Configuration Manager client installation in a task sequence. That post is found here...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: Automating the installation of .NET Framework 3.5 with MDT

      [Correction – November 14th 2012] I have been informed that the new built in roles and features functionality of MDT 2012 Update 1  has the following very useful functionality. It will automatically try to find the SXS folder in the deployment share that you are using to deploy the image...
  • Blog Post: Printer Remapping in Windows 7 Deployments

    One of the challenges that I frequently come across is the shift from 32-bit operating system environments to 64-bit operating system environment during deployment projects. Windows 7 ships as both 32-bit as well as 64-Bit, with the 64-bit version becoming more popular due to its ability to handle large...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012: New Features– GPO Packs

    There are many new features of MDT 2012 but one that I particularly like is the ability to apply GPO Packs created using Security Compliance Manager ( SCM ) during the deployment process. SCM is a great tool that allows you to create and manage group policy baselines in an easy to use interface. These...
  • Blog Post: Getting more into DVD Media Based Deployment

    One of the great features of MDT 2010/2012 is the ability to create a media based deployment  – this media based deployment can be placed on a USB based memory device (HDD or Fob) or onto a DVD. This allows the MDT based deployment to run from this removable media which is great for badly connected...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Computer Naming in ZTI Deployments

    For a while I have been meaning to write up a solution around dynamic computer naming in Zero Touch. Many people have emailed or commenting on how useful this would be – so here goes. Zero Touch Installation relies on a combination of System Centre Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Translating Language Pack GUIDs

    I love MDT but there are a few things that do annoy me. One of these things is the way that it makes you specify GUIDS when you want to specify language packs in the customsettings.ini file. In order to get around this issue I have created two simple functions that can be added to a UserExit script....
  • Blog Post: Deployment Mindmaps

    "Why deployment is so hard?", “Where can I find all related information?” What else I need to consider?” Those or similar questions are normal during my customer projects. After getting the same questions again and again, I’ve decided to create a Mindmap with all common links...