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25+ Vista deployment tricks
Next week I'm going on the road to visit schools in Denver, Phoenix, and Las Vegas back to back to back. I'm about to hop on a conference call with a peer to discuss the agenda. I'm thinking about abandoning the slide deck (I hate slides) and creating a tips and tricks type demo. I haven't come up with...
28 Nov 2006
Adding manual customizations to your BDD image capture
I recently worked with a school district to walk through a full setup and capture using BDD. This was a really nice experience for me since in technical sales you sometimes spend too much time talking about a solution and not enough time working with it to flush out the details and questions that only...
15 Feb 2007
June 12th - Server 2003 SP2 hits Automatic Updates
Just a quick note to make sure anyone subscribing to my blog gets this info. Service Pack 2 for Server 2003 (yes, it has been out for a while now...) will be put on automatic updates June 12th. See Sean's site linked below for more detail and how to block it if needed. The Sean Blog : Windows Server...
7 Jun 2007
Windows Easy Transfer Companion (Beta)
This looks really interesting. I will be testing today. Windows Easy Transfer Companion enables you to automatically transfer your most important programs from your Windows XP-based PC to your new Windows Vista-based PC. This way you can become productive on your new PC as soon as possible. Easy Transfer...
16 Feb 2007
Great screencast on Vista deployment!
So, I am planning a couple of additional Education FAQ write-ups. The next on my list is BitLocker, I just haven't done the work yet. I am also planning a write-up on deployment that is specific to Education. In the mean time, I found a great screencast by Keith Combs if you would like to see an overview...
23 Aug 2006
My Vista autounattend file template
This is an answer file I use to demonstrate an unattended setup with Vista Business/Enterprise. First off, please do not copy this file verbatim with hopes of using it in mass deployments. There are settings I have cleared or set generically so you need to populate them on your own. I am posting this...
5 Feb 2007
Information on Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003
Why so excited? See the list of things this update includes. WDS!!! Windows Deployment Services will update RIS to support network deployment of Windows Vista.
5 Aug 2006
SMS 2003 OSDFP Update - Start your engines!
So, I know what I'll be doing this afternoon... :-) I put off testing this in beta as I tried out different setups of WDS and NAP. I suppose it's time to bring my SMS VHD back online! Link to SMS 2003 Operating System Deployment Feature Pack Update
18 Sep 2006
Link : BDD 2007 - Tips and Tricks - Patching Vista
Ben is a great BDD resource and the original creator of the idea to open notepad as an application during the capture process. If you are interested in BDD, subscribe to Ben's feed. This article shows how to "mod" the ZTIPatches script so that BDD can deploy update patches in addition to Language Packs...
3 Apr 2007
Inject PowerShell in to your offline Vista image
The Windows Automated Installation Kit includes pkgmgr.exe to inject packages and drivers to offline images. "Packages" loosely means the updates that Microsoft releases, usually through Windows Update. I believe there are partner initiatives underway to deliver 3rd party packages as well. Technically...
10 Feb 2007
Link: Changing where BDD installs the Distribution folder
Good to know! http://itsvista.com/2007/03/installing-bdd-2007-with-secret-option/
29 Mar 2007
Longhorn Server WDS - multicast? YEAH BABY!!!
Looking over the TechNet master OPML this morning and came across this post. This has been a major ask from customers in education, especially those who deploy and manage computer labs. Earlier this year I submitted a long list of customers in education who specifically have asked for this feature, I...
8 Feb 2007
WDS/Multicast info from TechEd
This is a great blog entry about a TechEd session focused on Multicast in Windows Server 2008 Windows Deployment Services. Some very interesting information about special options to detect and deal with the slowest clients on your network. Josh's Windows Weblog : TechEd 2007 - Day 2 - WDS Multicast Deployments...
8 Jun 2007
Troubleshooting KMS Activation - Part 1, the client
Windows activation is simple and straightforward if you understand the components. I have had a few customers that stumbled when getting a KMS online and in every case it has been an issue with name resolution, network connectivity, or they simply did not understand how to use the keys. Activation is...
8 Oct 2007
Support Article: Send MOM alerts through anonymous SMTP
This came up in a discussion last week and I could see this being an issue for many customers in Higher Education. When MOM 2005 sends alerts via Email to attempts to authenticate using NTLM. If NTLM is not available or if the server is set to relay anonymously the message fails to send. This support...
28 Feb 2006
MOM Alerts via RSS!!!
The latest version of MOM 2005 Resource Kit - now available for download! The newest version includes several exciting updates, including a new Power Toy - Alert to RSS Utility: Now subscribe to alerts via RSS! Besides being able to capture alerts in a newsreader, this extends how developers can...
28 Feb 2006
Read this post on virtualization
I'm loving this article from Mike Neil in the Windows Server group. Especially the quote below. I can't tell you how much time I've spent in the last few months thinking about this very concept. Education could really benefit from a widescale virtual application delivery model. "And in my mind’s eye...
26 Feb 2007
When you use Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP to modify a Windows Vista registry hive, Windows Vista registry key flags are removed
I bring this up because it's the link in the components node in BDD that refers to a patch for Offline Servicing for XP and 2003. It has to do with servicing WIM files offline within XP and 2003, NOT offline servicing of XP and 2003 images. Link to When you use Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP to modify...
10 Mar 2007
As I'm sure you can tell I'm on the road this week. In fact, I'm on the road almost solid through the end of March. There is an absolutely wonderful enthusiasm in Education right now about Windows Vista. For my blog this means I don't have a lot of time for original content so I'm linking out to great...
22 Feb 2007
Link to article: BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool
Josh, you beat me to it. I can officially clear this from my Outlook 2007 todo bar. Great article. When working with schools on BDD I try to find time to show how to enable the wizard page that automatically sets up the image install as prepared for Bitlocker. If you have machines already deployed...
23 Feb 2007
Microsoft TechTalks for Education in May
Microsoft’s Education team is pleased to announce its May TechTalks series. These Live Meetings are hosted every Wednesday and are designed for education customers (K-12 and Higher Education) to get technical information on our products and solutions. They are open to all K-12 and Higher Education customers...
2 May 2006
Lots of Vista-related tools posted for download today
Virtual PC 2007 Link to Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 VAMT - a tool for doing proxy MAK activation and analyzing groups of machines for VA status. Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) Finally, these were online last week but not officially announced until today. KMS for 2003 and the MP for KMS. Key Management...
20 Feb 2007
Hanging out at MMS
It's been a good week so far at MMS. The opening reception was fun with a lot of familiar faces floating around. I've been in the EdSG group long enough to know quite a few people who work in education and get excited about ConfigMan, OpsMan, Longhorn, etc. Much to talk about! If by chance you are here...
28 Mar 2007
And we're back!
The download for WAIK had been offline. It is back now! Link to Download details: Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)
13 Feb 2007
Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(First Post!) In case you didn't see it last week, SMS 2003 SP2 has been released. I'm anxious to get a new test server setup this evening, using SQL 2005!!! http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/evaluation/2003/sp2.mspx
24 Feb 2006
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