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Are you a Small Business and Need Help Deploying Vista?: Introducing Windows Vista Small Business Assurance
If you're a small business and thinking about upgrading to Windows Vista and you're stuck and need some help where do you turn? The place to go for help is the Windows Vista Small Business Assurance website!! From the Website: "Taking risks is a part of every small business, but making...
9 Sep 2008
TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
Learn how to quickly and cost effectively deploy Windows 7. Through a targeted demo and Q&A with the experts, see how Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) can ease your deployment process by updating Deployment Workbench, a tool administrators use to build and manage multiple operating system configurations...
17 Aug 2011
On-Demand TechNet Webcast: Using Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 5.5 Toolkit (Level 200)
If you missed this live webcast it is now available on-demand: TechNet Webcast: Using Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 5.5 Toolkit (Level 200) Streamline your migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8 for improved desktop security, reliability, and manageability. The Microsoft...
18 Feb 2011
Deploying Windows 7? Links to Some Great Resources…..
If you’ve been given the task of deploying Windows 7 in your environment then take a look at the following links for some great resources to get you on the road to a successful deployment. Windows Upgrade Advisor The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC for potential compatibility issues and lets...
2 Mar 2010
On-Demand TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (Level 200)
If you missed this live webcast it is now available on-demand: TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (Level 200) Learn how to quickly and cost effectively deploy Windows 7. Through a targeted demo and Q&A with the experts, see how Microsoft Deployment Toolkit...
25 Feb 2011
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1
If you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 then you’ll be pleased to know the MDT 2010 Update 1, the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, is now available! What is the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 It’s Solution Accelerator for operating system...
8 Jul 2010
Active Directory User Group Meeting at the SPECOPS Event at the Microsoft Office in Alpharetta, GA
Spent the day in SPECOPS event at the Microsoft Alpharetta office. Most of the day was spent with Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP from GPanswers.com . He talked about what’s new in Group Policy with Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as rolling out Windows 7. Here’s the agenda: What...
3 Feb 2010
Windows 7 Deployment – Deployment Step 1: Gather Required Software (Part 4 of 8)
In this screencast I’ll review the software required for Lite Touch Installation (LTI) deployments. Using MDT 2010 for the Lite Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy streamlines deployment and reduces support costs by providing a more consistent configuration with fewer support calls. The Lite...
25 Apr 2010
Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 3 of 7)
Configuring Role Methods in the Configuration Database Role methods are used to target a group of computers based on a variety of criteria. As you will see there are four types of methods: Computers , Role , Locations , and Make and Model . The Role method is unique in that it can be assigned to other...
11 Nov 2010
Do You Need To Create A Custom Install of Vista? Use WinPE!!!
One of my co-workers Chris Henley just did a great video/screencast on WinPE. What Exactly Is WinPE? Have you ever done custom setups of Windows? Have you ever needed a small version of the OS to boot a box and troubleshoot hardware issues? WinPE, Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows...
28 Aug 2008
Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 7 of 7)
Custom Edit the Deployment Wizard to Add a New Page In the final part of the seven part series we’ll see how we can do further customizations to the MDT deployments. We’ll use the MDT 2010 Wizard editor from CodePlex to modify our Windows Deployment Wizard . In this demonstration we...
17 Nov 2010
Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 2 of 7)
Create and Explore the Configuration Database The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit has the ability use a configuration database which provides a rich opportunity for customization of an automated deployment. The configuration database is a logical extension of the configuration settings normally stored...
10 Nov 2010
Bytes By TechNet: Interview with Mikael Nystrom, Deployment MVP
Hear from John Baker, Sr. IT Evangelist at Microsoft, and Mikael Nystrom, Sr. Executive Consultant at TrueSec Inc in Sweden, as they discuss Deployment. Mikael talks about his latest projects around Microsoft Deployment which include repackaging a game to App-V and streaming it as well as shifting XP...
3 Nov 2011
Windows 7 Deployment – Step 5: Deploy Windows 7 to Target Computer (Part 8 of 8)
In this screencast I'll go through the process of deploying the custom image created in Part 7 of the series. We will import the image into the Deployment Workbench and then create a Task Sequence to deploy the imported image to target computers in our environment. Resources: Download Windows...
26 May 2010
Exam 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010 Now Available
If you've been deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 with Microsoft tools like the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and the Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 then you've probably picked up enough experience and knowledge to take this new certification exam, Exam 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office...
7 Oct 2010
Blain and John's Resource Guide for Windows 7 Deployment
Blain and John’s TechNet Event Resources Windows 7 Deployment Sept- Dec 2010 Future Live, In-Person Event Information TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com MSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.com Webcasts Windows 7 Webcast Series http://www.microsoft.com/events/series...
6 Oct 2010
Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 4 of 7)
Configuring Other Methods in the Configuration Database In this demonstration we’re going to go through creating examples of the other three role methods and will assign role methods created earlier: Refresh User and Managed Computer . With all methods we can associate properties settings, applications...
12 Nov 2010
Windows 7 Deployment – Deployment Step 3: Create the Reference Computer (Part 6 of 8)
In this screencast we’ll continue to go through the Windows 7 deployment process using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. Now we have installed the MDT 2010 and the WAIK for Windows 7, our next step is to configure the the MDT Deployment Workbench. The first step is to create the deployment...
30 Apr 2010
Windows 7 Deployment – MDT 2010 Deployment Process (Part 3 of 8)
In this screencast I walk through the Windows 7 deployment process using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. Using the toolkit will help reduce support costs by providing a more consistent configuration. Resources: Download Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial today Download the Microsoft Deployment...
12 Apr 2010
Need Help in Funding Your Deployments? Here's An Offer You Might Want to Take Up!!!
The Big Easy Offer 2.0 gives you choices on Microsoft products and solutions that fit your needs. For every qualifying product you purchase, Microsoft pays you partner subsidy funds to purchase more products and services from the Microsoft Partner of your choice. What is a Subsidy? A subsidy is...
16 Sep 2008
Screencast: Windows 7 Deployment – Introduction to Deployment (Part 1 of 8)
During this eight part series I’ll talk about how to use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 to deploy Windows 7. The first part in the series talks about why you should deploy Windows 7, walks you through the various Microsoft’s Deployment options. It also talks about some...
28 Mar 2010
MDT 2010 Deployment Process Slide from Today’s Webcast
How Do I Download the PowerPoint? To download a copy of the slide deck: Click on the bottom right of the PowerPoint to “View full-size presentation” In the new browser window go to the menu and click Download and then Save. Resources: My Online Presence http://blogs.technet.com/johnbaker...
25 Feb 2011
Windows 7 Deployment FireStarter PowerPoints
The four Windows 7 Deployment FireStarter sessions below are now available to download. Click on the link to download or click in the slide to view the presentation. How Do I Download the PowerPoint? To download a copy of the slide deck: Click on the bottom right of the PowerPoint to “View full...
4 Oct 2010
Windows 7 Deployment – Step 2: Prepare the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Environment (Part 5 of 8)
In this screencast we’ll look at what needs to be done to prepare the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 environment. We'll step through the installation of both the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 as well as the Windows AIK for Windows 7. Resources: Download Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial today...
29 Apr 2010
Bytes by TechNet: John Baker and Johan Arwidmark Discussing Windows Deployments
Join me and Johan Arwidmark, Chief Technical Architect at Knowledge Factory for a discussion around deployment. Johan gives some tips and tricks along with customer scenario examples when using Windows Deployment Services (WDS), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit(MDT), and Microsoft System Center Configuration...
15 Aug 2011
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