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  • 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: 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: 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 the adminconsole.xml file to find the correct GUID...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Persisting ConfigMgr Packages during a Task Sequence

    The MDT Task Sequences for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 use a clever technique to download and persist the MDT Files package during each phase of the Task Sequence. The Use Toolkit Package step uses the ZTISCCM.wsf script to copy the contents of the package to a WDPackage subfolder of the...
  • Blog Post: SCCM Client Install Getting Stuck

    Here is a simple tip that I thought I'd share in the hope that you don't need to lose a few hours of your life trying to work out what is wrong with your SCCM client sotware install! I was onsite with a client recently trying to upgrade some Windows XP computers to Windows 7. However, trying to install...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SCCM 2007 and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Video Walkthrough

    Are you struggling with setting up SCCM 2007 Operating System Deployment and integrating MDT? - I have created a video walkthrough that shows you how to: Setup the server environment for SCCM 2007 OS deployment Configure the SCCM 2007 Site Settings Configure the SCCM 2007 Computer Management...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Exporting All SCCM Variables To A Log File For Debugging

    [UPDATE] Please use the script in the following location - http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2008/09/02/logging-all-the-configuration-manager-task-sequence-variables-part-ii.aspx. Often when debugging a Windows deployment you might need to know the value that has been assigned to a...
  • Blog Post: User Experience for Configuration Manager Task Sequences - Part I

    Ever wanted to add your own user communication and interaction to a Configuration Manager task sequence? Below is an HTML Application (HTA) that has a user interface for the task sequence with information about the deployment, a button to cancel or pause the deployment and even a button for a desktop...
  • Blog Post: Updating System Center Configuration Manager 2007 for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 Deployment

    The SCCM 2007 Operating System Deployment components use the Windows Automated Installation Toolkit (WAIK) for creating, managing, and deploying Windows Imaging (WIM) images. SCCM 2007 setup installs the Windows Vista RTM WAIK (WAIK 1.0) during installation if it is not already installed. In order to...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Walkthrough Videos Now Fully Posted

    Thanks you all for your patience waiting for the full set of deployment walkthrough videos to be posted on TechNet Edge . As per my previous post , over the past few months I have been updating the deployment walkthrough videos and I am pleased to announce that the whole video series has now been posted...
  • Blog Post: Automatically Populate the PATCH Property for the ConfigMgr 2007 Client Installation

    29 Aug 2010 Update – I must apologize to all of you who attempted to use this as originally posted. I wrote this script around two years ago and was posting it now because another MCS consultant needed. Unfortunately, while I was trying to remember how I did this, I left out an important detail...
  • Blog Post: Video Walkthrough Updates

    I know that many people used the Walkthrough videos that I created around Lite Touch deployment with MDT and Zero Touch deployment with Configuration Manager – as I got so many great emails about them. Over the past few months I have been updating the videos that I originally released as well as adding...
  • Blog Post: Back To Basics 5: Restricting Task Sequence Usage

    Often the simplest tips are the best ones, so here is one I have been using pretty much ever since I started working with MDT. When working as part of a team in the same MDT environment, you can often run into issues when various people are modifying the task sequence, or debugging a process that...
  • 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: Expiring Outdated Stand-Alone Media

      In my previous post ‘ How to Limit or Restrict the Use of Bootable Media Devices for OS Deployment Using SCCM ’, I showed you how to limit or restrict outdated boot media devices.  As promised, I am now going to offer a solution for stand-alone media.  I need to start by saying that...
  • 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...