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  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Update 1: Deploy to VHD

    I was working on a separate blog posting (to be posted soon) that referenced the “Deploy to VHD” support that was present in MDT 2012 and improved in MDT 2012 Update 1 and wanted to include a link to that previous blog.  Except there was no previous blog – I guess I never did one… So let’s start...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Update 1: DaRT 8 support

    In MDT 2012 RTW that released back in April, we included support for DaRT 7, making it easy to add the DaRT components to Lite Touch boot images.  See http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2011/11/28/mdt-2012-new-feature-dart-integration.aspx for more details on that. With MDT 2012 Update...
  • Blog Post: Grabbing out-of-box drivers from a Windows 8 system

    It seems like a common request: I’ve got a brand new system, right out of the box from the OEM. It has all the drivers on it that are needed. So rather than find and download those same drivers from the OEM’s website, why can’t I just extract the drivers from OS that’s already...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V on Windows 8 Client!

    Be sure to read the great new posting on the “Building Windows 8” blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/07/bringing-hyper-v-to-windows-8.aspx (Read through the comments too, which talk about support for sleep and hibernate.) There is one prominent statement made: ...
  • Blog Post: Copying $OEM$ files and folders with MDT 2012 Update 1

    I mentioned in the blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2012/07/21/mdt-2012-update-1-always-applying-images-with-imagex.aspx that MDT 2012 Update 1 no longer uses SETUP.EXE to install Windows 7 and above. One side effect of this is that $OEM$ folders are no longer going to be copied...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Update 1 is coming soon!

    You probably noticed that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM’d today (see http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/08/01/windows-server-2012-released-to-manufacturing...
  • Blog Post: User groups in the Seattle area

    You would expect that having Microsoft in the Seattle area would result in having a plethora of Microsoft-related users groups around.  But over the years, I’ve found that these are somewhat hard to find.  So here’s my compilation: Seattle IT Pro User's Group .  This group talks about...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Update 1: Roles and Features improvements

    Apparently I was so wrapped up in the MDT 2012 Update 1 development process that I forgot to talk about one of the areas that consumed weeks of my time before the MDT 2012 Update 1 release: improvements to the “Roles and Features” logic. In MDT 2010 and MDT 2012, we had a task sequence action to “Install...
  • Blog Post: MDT 2012 Update 1: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CTP support

    The MDT 2012 Update 1 release is primarily intended to add support for deploying Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  For ConfigMgr 2012, it’s the SP1 release that adds similar support.  So if you want to start testing out the Windows 8 deployment process, you’ll want to be using MDT 2012 Update...
  • Blog Post: More experimenting with RAMdisks: Using a VM completely in RAM

    In my previous post , I talked about using a small RAMdisk to speed up the process of generating MDT boot images.  But the trial version only supports RAMdisks up to 4GB in size and only on client OSes.  One comment posted to that blog pointed out that StarWind also has a free RAMdisk available...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Windows Deployments, take #2

    Traveling from New Zealand to Australia for the TechEd Australia conference, I had some additional time to work on the troubleshooting guide, which is now starting to feel more like a book. I added two sections to this document, one reviewing all the possible return codes from the MDT scripts (yes, there...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Windows Deployments

    I’ve been doing a session at various events over the years called “Troubleshooting Windows Deployments” or something similar to that. Today is the latest, presenting the session at TechEd New Zealand in Auckland. It’s been tweaked some over the years, but the basic flow has always...