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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 3

    A while from the last post about this subject… So It’s now time to describe the virtual environment that I set up. Below is a schema of the permanent network and virtual environment I daily use.   So I have one Active Directory domain (Windows Server...
  • My working environment - Part 2

    Second post on this subject. This time I will deal with the technical steps involved to build my environment. Machines setup Server Core configuration I will not describe all the steps involved but I will give the commands I used on my Server Core servers...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Windows 7

    Attractive title, isn't it ? Well in fact, this is to announce the creation of a new blog that will deal with the Windows 7 project : Engineering Windows 7 .  This blog will be managed by Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky and members of the engineering...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Intel Xeon 5500 : one more step…

    Intel dévoile enfin son nouveau processeur pour les plateformes serveur, le Xeon 5500 autrement appelé “Nehalem”. Embarquées dans ce processeur, tout un tas de nouveautés concernant la virtualisation (Hardware Assisted Virtualization) et au delà (comme...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Silverlight – premiers pas (#2) : Le premier projet

    Dans la série “Développeur du dimanche”, voici un second bulletin visant à mettre le pied à l’étrier des gens qui souhaiteraient se lancer dans le développement d’applications Silverlight. Il existe deux façons d’envisager la création d’un projet Silverlight...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Windows Deployment Services – 2008 R2

    Comme des bonnes nouvelles n’arrivent pas seules, voici des news sur WDS dans sa future version : Windows Deployment Services for Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Deployment Services: What's New Deploying Virtual Hard Disk Images Managing Driver Packages...
  • WAIK 1.1 RTM available !

    You will find the release of the WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) supporting Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 here .
  • Nouvelles fonctionnalités de Windows Server 2008 R2

    Un bref aperçu des nouveautés apportées par Windows Server 2008 R2 (en plagiant le site MSLive.fr) : Hyper-V 2.0 : l’un des rôles les plus convoités de Windows Server 2008 fera peau neuve avec l’intégration de la fonctionnalité Live Migration permettant...
  • Silverlight – premiers pas (#3) : back to basics

    Pas plus tard qu’aujourd’hui, en discutant avec un collègue voulant s’initier à Silverlight, il est apparu pendant notre conversation que la création d’applications de type Silverlight (on peut étendre à tout RIA) peut se révéler obscure au niveau de...
  • Windows 7, my quick review

    Yeah, I’ve got a build… So just after the installation, I had a quick look at what changed the most from Windows Vista. Be kind to remember that Windows 7 is still a BETA and some features described here as well as screen shots are subject to change in...