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An Interview With Jeremy Moskowitz
Last week SPECOPS Software's roadshow "Changes, Challenges and Choices When rolling out Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7" made its way to the Microsoft Alpharetta office. The featured speaker was Jeremy Moskowitz of GPanswers.com . The agenda covered what’s new in Group Policy with...
9 Feb 2010
NOW AVAILABLE - Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 1–Riding the Next Wave of System Center
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Beta 1 rides the next wave of System Center releases with support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012. For Lite Touch installations, MDT 2012 improves the overall client-side user experience, while also providing behind-the-scenes enhancements...
2 Jun 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
Trip Report on TechStravaganza Atlanta 2011!!!
TechStravaganza Atlanta 2011 For those of you that didn’t make it to the TechStravaganza at the Microsoft office last Friday you missed a great day!!! We had 115 people turn up to see Mark Minasi give presentations on the Cloud and IPv6 as well as pick from 12 sessions in a 3-track program. There...
7 Jun 2011
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
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Wizard Editor
If you’re doing Windows 7 deployments with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 and you want to do some customizations to the deployment wizard, here is a great tool to simplify the task of “…editing the wizard XML manifest files used by the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.” http://mdtwizardeditor...
24 Sep 2010
TechNet Radio: Deployment Fundamentals 101 with Mikael Nystrom and Johan Arwidmark
In this episode I interview two Microsoft Setup and Deployment MVPs – Mikael Nystrom and Johan Arwidmark about Windows Deployment Services, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and their book They’re co-authors of “Deployment Fundamentals, Vol.1: Migrating to Windows 7 using MDT 2010 Lite Touch...
3 May 2011
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
TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (Level 200) Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:00 AM PST
Join me on Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time to 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...
18 Jan 2011
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
TechNet Radio: IT Time–Getting Started with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta
Its IT Time and in today’s episode, Blain Barton and John Baker welcome Rhonda Layfield, Microsoft MVP for Setup and Deployment. Tune in as Rhonda gives us an in-depth demo on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 1, from installation and setup of the MDTs deployment workbench, the architecture...
12 Jul 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
TechNet Radio: A Preview of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 with Michael Niehaus
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 In today’s episode I interview Michael Niehaus, Senior Software Development Engineer for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Michael will discuss its evolution, how it compares to WDS and System Center Configuration Manager, as well as giving us a little...
3 Jun 2011
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
TechNet Radio: An Interview with Microsoft Setup and Deployment MVP, Maik Koster
In this episode I welcome Microsoft Setup and Deployment MVP, Maik Koster. Listen in as we chat about Enterprise deployment solutions as well as a program Maik help developed called the MDT Web FrontEnd, which gives users a customizable and flexible solution to access and configure the MDT Database....
17 Jun 2011
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
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
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