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  • Blog Post: Setting variables through a Task Sequence

    For sure , the last post before a long time as I'll flight to South-East Asia next week... I was at a customer site a week ago and I had the "challenge" of rolling deployment of Windows Server systems with MDT 2008 with as less stuff as possible in the CustomSettings.ini and no database to store configuration...
  • Blog Post: MDT Wizard Editor

    Michael Niehaus has released the MDT Wizard Editor on CodePlex. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Wizard Editor Copied/pasted from this site : Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Wizard Editor The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MTD) Wizard Editor is a simple .NET 2.0 application designed to assist...
  • Blog Post: L'éternel problème du pilote manquant...

    Je me suis encore confronté aujourd'hui à la recherche du pilote de carte réseau qu'on ne trouve jamais... Dans le contexte, à chaque workshop que je délivre autour de MDT, je bute toujours sur l'impossibilité de me connecter à mon point de déploiement depuis l'image WinPE Lite Touch... A chaque fois...
  • Blog Post: How to customize the MDT database and... the Workbench

    New post for a while, April was quite busy supporting customers... Among several posts I have in draft, this one is quite interesting (from my point of view !) and I wrote it down as soon as I was able to make it works... before I leave for 2 weeks off. Well, I did not see many people having a customized...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007 update 2 released

    Following the release of Microsoft Deployment 2008, an update for BDD 2007 has also been released. Download it at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=112440 For those continuing to use this release, I would tell you to look at MDT 2008 as there are a lot of improvements... But it's up to you...
  • Blog Post: Deliver multiple scenarios with a single deployment point (corrected)

    This method originally posted on February 16 has been corrected, please apologize for the first post... Did you ever think that the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is greedy about disk space ? You should have noticed that you can deliver only one scenario per specific deployment point as the CustomSettings...
  • Blog Post: How should I do if I were you ? Backup and restore a Microsoft Deployment distribution share...

    Cliquer ici pour une version en Français Hey, here is my first contribution to the world ! This kind of post can be considered to something like a "how to" if I should have to work in a production environment with a specific purpose in mind. This one will be very low level as it concerns the...
  • Blog Post: Problèmes de capture avec MDT 2008 et Windows Vista non US

    Le problème décrit dans le bulletin de David Sebban fait désormais l'objet d'une fiche technique décrivant la méthode pour corriger ce dysfonctionnement. Le bulletin de David Sebban L'article technique : The reference computer does not start Windows PE when you try to perform an image capture operation...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2008 Update 1 released

    Check it out on Microsoft download : Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008 Update 1 Quickly reading the release notes, here are the new features : Lite Touch OEM-Preload : in this case, MDT 2008 takes the contents of a media deployment point (USB, DVD, and so on) and loads it onto the hard...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment and multicast

    Cliquer ici pour une version en Français You may be aware that Microsoft improved Remote Installation Services (RIS) on Windows Server 2003 by providing a fully manageable component now called Windows Deployment Services (WDS). You may also know now that Windows Server 2008 brings to WDS support for...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2010 Beta 1 disponible sur connect !

    Toutes ces annonces ! C’est comme si un nouveau produit sortait !? Nouveautés : Support de Windows 7 Beta et de Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Support du WAIK 2.0 Beta Support de USMT 4.0 (qui apporte lui aussi quelques innovations) Dupport de DSIM Support de WinPE 3.0 Disponible sur connect. download MDT...
  • Blog Post: Personalize the Task Sequencer progress window

    In order to customize the Lite Touch experience, you may have already changed the background of the WinPE Lite Touch image. Now you may want to get rid of this "IT Organization" company name that does not reflect your environment : Add the _SMSTSORGNAME property in CustomSettings.ini and BootStrap...
  • Blog Post: Excellent "real life" blog and case study !

    During the past weeks, I worked with a customer that implemented a ton of new stuff around deployment and virtualization. He did a fantastic job and continue to dig into those new Microsoft technologies as you can see on his blog : http://blogs.ethz.ch/jlaville/ Additionally, you can check out...
  • Blog Post: The case of the NVidia SATA controller

    Few months ago I had to create a Windows XP SP2 master image with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for a Dell Optiplex 740 with an onboard NVidia SATA controller. A way to do that is to use the ability of the MDT to support legacy drivers injection with the well known $OEM$ folder. Retrieve...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2008 is here !

    The so awaited Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008 has been released ! That's huge ! Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Extract from the Release Notes : The following list highlights the many new features that have been included in this release of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit: Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Usefull post from Michael about MDT and Hyper-V

    Michael Niehaus posted instructions to add Hyper-V Integration Components into WinPE : Using the Hyper-V integration components with MDT 2008 Update 1 Lite Touch   ~ Guillaume