September, 2007

  • D4B3 New Feature: Multiple task sequence templates

    First, let me mention a design change: In Deployment 4, there are no longer any "builds" in the Deployment Workbench. Instead of creating a build, you will create a task sequence. This is more in line with the System Center Configuration Manager way of...
  • D4B3 New Feature: Calling web services

    BDD has always supported rules processing via CustomSettings.ini, where values from the local machine, typically retrieved via WMI, could be used to make decisions on what needs to be done on each machine during a deployment. It could also make SQL queries...
  • D4B3 New Feature: More USMT automation

    A new script has been added to the standard client task sequence template in Deployment 4 Beta 3. This script helps with the USMT data migration process by scanning the existing OS to see what file types are registered to applications installed on the...
  • D4B3 New Feature: Improved disk partitioning

    For Lite Touch deployments, we can now create multiple partitions, or even prepare multiple disks. Note that this uses some interesting math, the same as System Center Configuration Manager. Looking at the example above, with the first partition specifying...
  • D4B3 New Feature: Windows Update integration

    Another new script has been added into the Lite Touch and SMS 2003 task sequence templates. This script, ZTIWindowsUpdate.wsf, originally built for Microsoft IT, is designed to run in the new operating system, automatically downloading and installing...
  • Deployment 4 Beta 3 now available

    I know it's kind of old news by now, but if you've missed the various blog entries, e-mails, and other assorted announcements, we have released a new beta 3 of Deployment 4 (the codename for the next version of BDD 2007 - the "official" name is still...