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GuillaumeD's blog

  • Microsoft Deployment et le multicast

    Vous savez peut-ête déjà que Microsoft a amélioré le Service d'Installation à Distance (RIS) sur Windows Server 2003 en proposant un composant totallement intégré et beaucoup plus souple d'utilisation désormais appelé Windows Deployment Services (WDS...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • My working environment - Part 1

    As products evolve, I want to use as much as possible the new technologies I have to support. To reach this goal I decided to build an environment respecting Microsoft security policies but enough flexible to host quickly and easily all kind of products...
  • Clustered Hyper-V improvements

    A new update has been released to improve the behavior of Hyper-V while clustered. Extract : "This update incorporates changes in the way that the Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster Management console functions for the Hyper-V role. These changes...
  • Create a Windows Vista/WinPE dual boot

    For the guys who want to play with BCDEDIT, this is a good exercise ! Create a custom WinPE image Execute "Windows PE Tools Command Prompt” from Start | Programs | Windows AIK copype.cmd x86 C:\WinPE_x86 The following folders are created with...
  • WDS Capture tip

    As a support engineer at Microsoft, I know that some of you install Windows systems (prior to Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008) with a non default system root (remember, it's \Windows) I will not discuss about this strategy even if this operations...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Des vacances numériques, mais des vacances tout de même !

    Voilà, 4 semaines (dont 3 à l’étranger) loin du bureau, des problèmes techniques, etc… afin de me reposer un peu. Pendant ces vacances, je n’ai tout de même pas totalement laissé l’informatique de côté. Bien au contraire, je m’en suis servis. Avec...
  • Don't know how to use a foreign keyboard ?

    In order to troubleshoot an issue with Windows Desktop Search today, I received a virtual machine built under Windows XP SP3 on an Italian host, and so with an Italian keyboard. While trying to log on to this machine I had some trouble typing the correct...
  • New web site dedicated to Hyper-V

    Check it now, it already contains interesting stuf : HyperVoria . It is fed by Steven Bink (also known for http://bink.nu/ ) and as he says on this site : "HyperVoria.com is not owned, paid or controlled by Microsoft". ~ Guillaume
  • La session que je regretterai de manquer…

    En dehors des sessions de mon voisin de bureau Hervé et de mon compère Arnaud, la session qui sera présentée par David risque d’être particulièrement intéressante. Déployer Windows 7 en entreprise  (WIN204) Pour un fanatique du déploiement comme...
  • Gears of War 2

    Waiting for the second opus ? It should be released in November 2008 and I really wait to look further this new episode ! Here are some videos and trailers : Gears of Wars 2   ~ Guillaume
  • 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...
  • How to enable Kernel Debugging in WinPE booted from WDS

    I recently faced a challenge with a specific WinPE image experiencing an issue. As I'm not a debug specialist, I had some trouble to find the way out to attach my debugger to a WinPE image booted from WDS. In fact it's quite easy : Boot your...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Before I forget... Hyper-V is here !

    Have you realized that Hyper-V has been released to manufacturing ? And nearly one month before what was expected ? I use it for a while now and I can say that this product is very reliable and all my demos and reproduction environments run on it....
  • 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...
  • Hellboy in Thaïland !

    Before flying to Redmond at the end of the month, I spent some time in Asia to chill out a bit before returning to the coal mining ! So, I was walking in Bangkok with my wife when suddenly at a corner, I saw this : Nothing to do with IT neither...
  • Useful links... for Server Core

    For those trying Windows Server 2008 as a Server Core server, it could be useful to know which command line tools are available and how to use them. It will be unfair to not use this edition of Windows Server because you missed this information ! ...
  • Fichiers de réponse Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008

    Mon assiduité sur ce blog laisse à désirer depuis quelques temps... et ce n'est pas près de changer ! La faute aux demandes de plus en plus nombreuses des clients souhaitant en savoir plus à propos de Windows Server 2008 et à ceux demandant notre assistance...
  • Hotfix Online Submission ou comment récupérer les hotfixes par vous même

    Désormais, pour un grand nombre d'entre eux, vous pourrez télécharger les correctifs qui n'étaient pas disponibles publiquement par vous même au lieu de contacter le support Microsoft. Par exemple, pour cet article technique KB951308...