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New Deployment Forum Site...
Deployment Forum is a new community Web site devoted to IT professionals deploying Windows. Myself and fellow MCS blogger Ben Hunter, as well as MCS architect Steve Campbell have taken up residency in the MVP section with a selection of the industry's best deployment specialists and we will all be adding...
18 Sep 2007
General Purpose CustomSettings.ini
One thing that seems to stump a number of people with BDD 2007 is using the CustomSettings.ini file (accessible via the Rules tab) to automate the deployment wizards. The usual issues are around differing language settings for Windows XP and Windows Vista, as well as turning off and on the relevant wizards...
2 Aug 2007
Deployment 4 - Using Your BDD 2007 Task Sequences as Templates
So - Deployment 4 Beta 3 - very cool indeed...but I bet your thinking "how can I use the task sequences that I built in BDD 2007 as templates in Deployment 4 Beta 3?" - well that's a good question. Deployment 4 Beta 3 stores it's task sequence templates in the Program Files\Deployment 4\Templates folder...
2 Oct 2007
BDD Lite Touch and Zero Touch Lab Recommendations
So - I get asked a lot about how to set up a test lab or Proof of Concept environment for Lite Touch and Zero Touch. Working with my colleages in the MCS UK desktop team, specifically Mark Aslett and Adam Shepherd, we have developed a rough guide to a lab design that works for us that I thought I would...
26 Jun 2007
User Account Control - What you need to know from a deployment perspective
I've had a couple of emails from people attempting to use their own admin accounts to carry out the build process and hitting User Account Control (UAC) issues. User Account Control is a core security feature of Windows Vista that fundamentally changes the way users will use the operating system. By...
26 Jun 2007
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 though I think this is a great thing - it also means...
12 Nov 2007
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 has been especially useful in recent months as...
23 Nov 2007
Microsoft Deployment RC1 Released
Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) is now Microsoft Deployment! The RC1 release and new name for the fourth generation deployment Solution Accelerator, Microsoft Deployment is available from today. Previous Beta releases have been using the code name "Deployment 4" to refer to Microsoft Deployment...
25 Oct 2007
GUI Interface for USMT
Dan Cunningham has written a GUI wrapper for the User State Migration Tool (USMT) In Dan's interface, USMT provides the logic and mechanisms for the actual capture / restore process, but because USMT is entirely command-line, Dan decided to set about creating a .NET-based wrapper for it to simplify data...
11 Jan 2008
Deployment 4 Beta 3 Released
The BDD team have announced that Deployment 4 (the code name for the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007) has been released as BETA 3 and unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment into a common deployment console and collection of guidance. Previously...
17 Sep 2007
Useful Registry Changes During Build Creation/Image Deployment
As I have worked with different customers, a number of common requests often pop up for changes during build creation on deployment. For Windows XP deployment, I built up a library of VB scripts that carried out most of the customisations that I required (and were run either as part of the image creation...
17 Jul 2007
Multiple Partitions in BDD 2007
Have had a couple of requests to cover creating multiple partitions using BDD 2007. By default BDD 2007 creates a single partition (C:) that then builds out with your required OS and applications via the task sequencer. The partition and format information is not done by the unattend.xml file (WinPE...
23 Jul 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 to default to Hibernate or Standby modes. The...
29 Nov 2007
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 2007 as well as features and guidance to support...
12 Nov 2007
How drivers are added to Windows PE and Windows Vista during an unattended installation
My MCS colleague and top deployment gent - Mark Aslett has put together a handy process list for how device drivers are added to Windows PE and Windows Vista during deployment. The example below assumes than an unattend.xml file is being used to specify the location of drivers in both the windowsPE pass...
15 Aug 2007
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