Richard Smith

Consultant - Microsoft Services - United Kingdom

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Computer Name Selection in ZTI Deployments

    I've been asked by a few people about the RequestComputerName.vbs script that i use in the ZTI configuration demo video posted earlier. The script prompts the technician for a computername at the start of the deployment process and stores it as an OSD variable (OSDNEWMACHINENAME) for use by the ZTI scripts...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...