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Screencast (Part 3 of 4): Master Your Environment with System Center Configuration Manager 2007
Part 3 of 4: Operating System Deployment and Software Update Management: As more clients and servers are added to your environment, the task of managing these resources becomes much more complex. Knowing the range of available hardware and software, while keeping the machines current with the latest...
11 May 2011
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
TechNet Video: (Part 3 of 5) User State Migration Tool Scenarios
Before we take a look at the two scenarios, Refresh Computer and Replace Computer, we’ll review the different types of migration stores available. We’ll look at the migration xml files and show how we can do some simple customizations. Resource Links User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide USMT 4...
13 Apr 2011
TechNet Video: (Part 1 of 5) Overview of User State Migration Tool
In this session I’ll review the benefits and limitations of the USMT 4.0. I’ll look at what versions of the Windows are supported for migration as well as what different options for user state migration are available for small, medium and large businesses. At the end of the session I’ll demonstrate the...
11 Apr 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
Screencast (Part 4 of 4): Master Your Environment with System Center Configuration Manager 2007
Part 4 of 4: Desired Configuration Manager and Network Access Protection As more clients and servers are added to your environment, the task of managing these resources becomes much more complex. Knowing the range of available hardware and software, while keeping the machines current with the latest...
12 May 2011
Screencast (Part 2 of 4): Master Your Environment with System Center Configuration Manager 2007
Part 2 of 4: Site Server Roles: As more clients and servers are added to your environment, the task of managing these resources becomes much more complex. Knowing the range of available hardware and software, while keeping the machines current with the latest applications and patch updates can become...
10 May 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
Screencast: How-To: Configure the Central ADMX Store
Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 introduce a new format for displaying registry-based policy settings. Registry-based policy settings (located under the Administrative Templates category in the Group Policy Object Editor) are defined using a standards-based, XML file format known as ADMX...
14 Oct 2008
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
Creating a Firewall Rule to Allow ICMPv4 Echo Requests
You're trying to do some basic troubleshooting on your network and you ping a machine but it doesn't respond. You know its there. Why isn't it responding? It's probably the firewall on the machine that's causing the problem. In this screencast you'll see how to create a firewall...
11 Feb 2010
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 4 of 12 - Changing Your Desktop Background
In this screencast we're going to take a look at how easy it is to change desktop background in Windows Vista. There are a variety of options available to us including over 20 different wallpapers, sample photographs and solid colors. And if that isn’t enough, you can use your own photographs...
14 Nov 2008
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
Screencast: Ways to Improve Your Computer's Performance
I decided for my first screencast that I would leverage the Windows Vista Help and How-to website. After reviewing the content available there, I thought it would be useful to do a quick run through of Performance Information and Tools in the control panel. Turns out it wasn't as quick as...
2 Oct 2008
TechNet Video: (Part 5 of 5) Offline User State Capture in the USMT 4.0
One of great new features of the USMT 4.0 is the ability to perform Offline User State Capture. We’ll discuss both offline options available, Windows PE and windows.old directory. We will cover when you would use this feature and what it actually migrates. We’ll finish off the session with a demonstration...
15 Apr 2011
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 2 of 12 - Using and Modifying the Start Menu
This is the second screencast in my 12-part series and will look at Using and Modifying the Start Menu . The Start Menu is what links you into all the programs and tasks you can run on your computer. It is very different from the Windows XP start menu as it has much more information and is...
7 Nov 2008
TechNet Video: (Part 2 of 5) What's New in the User State Migration Tool 4.0
Today’s session we’ll look at some of the new features of User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 including the Hard-link Migration Store, improved space estimation and integration with SCCM and MDT. We’ll drill down into a detailed discussion of exactly what the USMT 4.0 migrates and what it doesn’t. Resource...
12 Apr 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
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: Everything (well almost everything) you wanted to know about Application Compatibility but were afraid to ask
There are many questions and misunderstandings surrounding application compatibility which can leave your customer in a state of fear or worse, paralysis. If you are not already conversant in application compatibility then join us for an overview of the types of questions customers are asking...
16 Mar 2011
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
Screencast Series: Step-By-Step Windows Vista "Nibbles" - Part 3 of 12 - Viewing Folders and Files in Different Ways
The Windows Explorer window is dynamic and changes to reflect the content you are viewing. In this screencast we'll look the new layout of Windows Explorer and how we can customize our view. The core elements of Windows Explorer are: Back and Forward buttons - works in the the same way as Internet...
12 Nov 2008
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
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