April, 2008

  • So why doesn't Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 use PowerShell scripts during an OS deployment?

    It seems to be a common question: Why does MDT 2008 still use VBScript during OS deployments, rather than moving to something more "cutting edge" like PowerShell. So let's review a few reasons: You probably don't yet want to use PowerShell in your old...
  • MMS 2008: System Center Configuration Manager "State of the Union"

    Bill Anderson talked this morning about System Center Configuration Manager. Of course, the session started with the Top 10 list: What other uses have you found for SCCM 2007? 10. Use inventory to find out what music you have where. 9. Use task sequences...
  • MMS 2008 Keynote: The Dynamic Datacenter

    Bob Muglia presented today's keynote session, talking about the problems of the Dynamic Datacenter and solutions that are possible. First up, Michael Kelley demonstrated how System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can be used to deploy an OS to servers...
  • Purchasing Microsoft conference DVDs

    If you are looking for DVDs from past Microsoft conferences (MMS 2007, TechEd 2007, etc.), they are available online through the Microsoft Event DVD store. See http://shop.ecompanystore.com/mseventdvd for the details. For those that wanted to attend this...
  • Make me regret asking

    As we make plans for the next version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, it would be great if you could provide feedback on what you think about the current version, including: Why you are (or aren't) using it What you think the best feature is What...
  • Forgot one: Birds of a Feather

    I forgot that we are also hosting a Birds of a Feather session, as quite a few of you requested one: BN01 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 (formerly BDD 2007) Q&A Wednesday, April 30 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM, Marco Polo 804 Track(s): Solution Accelerators...
  • The start of another Microsoft Management Summit

    I'm settled in now for what I hope will be another great Microsoft Management Summit conference, back in Las Vegas this year at the Venetian hotel. Having been to the real Venice back in November after the TechEd IT Forum conference in Barcelona, I have...
  • Would you like fries with that?

    No, I'm not quitting to go work for McDonald's. (The thought has crossed my mind a few times - what a joy it would be to have a job that you could completely forget about as soon as you walked out the door for the day. Too bad they don't pay as well....
  • Security Baseline Compliance using DCM

    I mentioned the SCAP to DCM conversion tool in my previous post, but there's another ConfigMgr 2007 DCM-related beta that our Solution Accelerator Team released this week. It's the Security Baseline Management toolkit, containing 12 new DCM configuration...
  • Ever heard of FDCC or SCAP?

    If you work for or with the US federal government, you may have heard of the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) program, as well as the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). See these links for more information: http://csrc.nist.gov/fdcc...