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  • Blog Post: Using and Extending Model Aliases for Hardware Specific Application Installation

    Update 11 December 2009 – A few changes and additions inspired by the work being done by fellow MSC Senior Consultant Steven Markegene.  Of note are the changes to the Hyper-V model strings and a new one added by Steven.  The script download has been updated as well. In a post on his blog from...
  • Blog Post: Using MDT and Custom Function Library Scripts as User Exit Scripts

    A fellow Deployment Guy wanted to use some of the functions in ZTIDiskUtility.vbs in his own User Exit script. Since ZTIGather.wsf does not include ZTIDiskUtility.vbs in its <script> elements, these functions are not available during the MDT rules processing. One way to solve this would be to simply...
  • 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: Using Device Aliases for Hardware Specific Application Installation

    15 Feb 2010 Update – To use techniques found in this post with MDT 2010 you will need to use one of the workarounds described in this post:  http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys/archive/2010/02/15/using-convertbooleantostring-with-ztigather-wsf-in-mdt-2010.aspx . In my last post I described how...
  • Blog Post: Banish GUIDs from CustomSettings.ini in MDT

    Another of my pet peeves about MDT CustomSettings.ini rules is that fact that you have to define entries for Applications and ManditoryApplications as GUIDs.  Here is the example for Applications from the MDT help file: [Settings] Priority=Default [Default] Applications001={1D7DF331-47B7-472C-87B3...
  • Blog Post: "Easy" List Items for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    In MDT rules processing with CustomSettings.ini, some of the items that can be configured are List Items. List Items are essentially multi-valued custom properties. Examples of items that are List Items are Applications in LTI and Packages in ZTI. To define a List Item based property in CustomSettings...
  • Blog Post: Setting AD Computer Object MDT Properties

    Monday, June 22, 2009 Update – Fellow Deployment Guy Daniel Oxley pointed out to me that this is much more useful if you can pass in an optional username and password. So I have modified the post and the script to allow that. Please note the changes in the function parameters to accommodate this. ...
  • Blog Post: Setting MDT Time Zone Variables from the Source OS Time Zone

    15 Feb 2010 Update – To use technique found in this post with MDT 2010 you will need to use one of the workarounds described in this post:  http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys/archive/2010/02/15/using-convertbooleantostring-with-ztigather-wsf-in-mdt-2010.aspx . System Center Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Loading Scripts that Have VBScript Classes or that Don’t Have a UserExit Function as User Exit Scripts

    Most readers of this blog should be familiar with MDT User Exit scripts, as many of the posts provided them for many scenarios. In case you are not, the MDT help file defines them this way: “A user exit script is effectively a function library that can be called during the processing of the...