Richard Smith

Consultant - Microsoft Services - United Kingdom

November, 2007

  • powercfg - Useful if you know the GUIDS!

    So I have been doing some work with powercfg - and found it a very useful tool for scripting power management options during builds. This command utility is installed with Windows Vista and you can use it to control power settings and configure computers...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit released

    For those that haven't seen it , we have just released the SCCM 2007 Toolkit for download. This excellent toolkit contains: Client Spy - A tool to help troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on Configuration...
  • Moving from RIS to Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

    I wanted to point you in the direction of a document that helps with moving from Remote Installation Services (RIS) to Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Windows Server 2003. Many of the clients that I consult for are big RIS users, so this whitepaper...
  • Windows Vista Deployment Planning - Part 3

    In Windows Vista Client Build and Deployment Process , I presented the diagram that I use when scoping deployment projects, so in this post I'll continue discussing the process in more detail - previous posts have covered Infrastructure Prerequisites...
  • Microsoft Deployment Released

    The first release of Microsoft Deployment is now available. This release marks the first in a series of three Microsoft Deployment releases planned between now and Summer 2008. It focuses on integration with new deployment features in Configuration Manager...
  • Microsoft Product Evals on Virtual Hard Disk

    I am often asked why deployment is such a great place to work as a consultant and I usually answer by saying that deployment (both client and server) touches all aspects of the infrastructure and therefore you need a knowledge across many products. All...