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  • Blog Post: Lab Ops Part 13 - MDT 2013 for VDI

    The core of any VDI deployment is the Virtual Desktop Template (VDT) which is the blueprint from which all the virtual desktop VMs are created. It occurred to me that there must be a way to create and maintain this using the deployment tools used to create real desktops rather than the way I hack the...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops part 15 - Combining MDT with Windows Update Services

    If we are going to deploy VDI to our users we are going to still have some of the same challenges as we would have if we still managed their laptops directly. Perhaps the most important of these is keeping VDI up to date with patches. What I want to do in this post is show who we can integrate Windows...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops - Part 14 Putting Applications into the VDI Template with MDT

    In my last post I created a process to quickly create what MDT refers to as a Reference Computer and directly boot this from the LiteTouchPE_x64.iso in the deployment share. This was then shutdown and sysprepped so that I could use it to deploy VDI collections in Remote Desktop Services. Now I want to...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops Part 12 - MDT 2013 for VDI

    The core of any VDI deployment is the Virtual Desktop Template (VDT) which is the blueprint from which all the virtual desktop VMs are created. It occurred to me that there must be a way to create and maintain this using the deployment tools used to create real desktops rather than the way I hack the...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for The App Compat Sessions

    We recently held the first of our IE6 Migration Roadshow events at Old Trafford football stadium in Manchester, where attendees enjoyed a series of great presentations and demos centred around how to overcome web application compatibility issues faced by companies migrating to Windows 7. From speaking...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Special: Free Stuff From Microsoft

    Christmas comes but once a year, which is similar to the frequency in which I blog. I thought as it’s the season of good will, I would write a blog that details some of the free stuff we have to offer. Free Training - Microsoft Virtual Academy We know budgets for training are not what they...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions - 004: Deeplinking Windows Store Apps on Windows RT from System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune

    In this video I explain the process of making a Windows Store app available to Windows Intune clients using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to publish the apps through the Windows Intune company portal. This process is known as deeplinking and allows an enterprise to publish apps from the...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online is Back! 24th/25th/26th April

    New years resolution: must blog more! It's only taken me to the end of January to start my resolution but I'm going to try one blog article per month. We're bringing back Tech.Days Online on the 24th/25th & 26th of April. This time with more days and more topics. Simon and Andrew will be back...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions–007: How To Sideload on Windows 8 Enterprise from Windows Intune

    In this Deployment Sessions video I take a look at how to use Windows Intune to Sideload a Windows 8 app or Appx package (formerly metro app) onto a Windows 8 Enterprise device. Sideloading is the process of taking the appx package form the developer and loading the app onto the device without submitting...
  • Blog Post: Where's Wally? He will be with WMUG - 21st of June in London

    The Windows Management User Group will be hosting Wally Mead as he passes through the UK on his way to TechED Europe. In their words: The Windows Management User Group welcomes Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Product Group back to the UK for a...
  • Blog Post: The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!

    Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...
  • Blog Post: How to Move to Windows 7 Webinar with Microsoft & The Register – Tuesday 8th March, 11am

    If you are knee deep in a Windows 7 roll out, or you're about to be, hopefully this webinar will be able to help you out. On the 8th of March at 11am, we've got a rack of UK experts talking through the implications of a Windows 7 roll out project. The host is the Register's Tim Phillips who will...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Seminar: Accelerate IE Migration as part of your Windows 7 Deployment with Microsoft and Quest

    Just a reminder that the Quest/Technet event on migrating from IE6 is on April 19 th at the Reading Madesjki stadium. Space is limited for this exclusive event, so review the agenda and sign up today! Details below and registration at http://www.quest.com/seminar/solving-ie-6-application-compatibility...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions–006: Sideloading on Windows RT with Windows Intune

    So far in this series we’ve looked at Sideloading and deeplinking apps using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune linked together. In this and the next few videos we’ll take a look at using Windows Intune only, in isolation from Configuration Manager. This will be the preferred...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Dev Camps

    The last time I tried to write a program was when I was at university using a program called Delphi.  I knew back then that I wasn’t going to set the world on fire with my jqueries and there was nothing rapid about my application development.   My peers in our software development team...
  • Blog Post: Three Deployment & Planning Tips! (MAP, MDT & SCM)

    Determine Windows 8 readiness with MAP 7.0 Beta Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 Beta is now available! MAP 7.0 helps you to assess the readiness of your environment for deploying Windows 8 in your machines. The Windows adoption feature performs a hardware assessment against the recommended...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions-002: Sideloading Windows 8 app with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

    In this Deployment Sessions video I take you through deploying a line of business app using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to “side load” a Windows Store app. The app is in the form of an appx package, something that an ISV might give to a customer for them to deploy internally. The Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager IT Camp - An evaluation from TechED Europe 2012

    The IT Pro Team are either on holiday or at IT Camps at the moment so I’m left holding the fort. I thought I would use this as an opportunity to let you know about an event we are running on the 2 nd of July with Wally Mead from Microsoft HQ, Seattle We know that not everyone is able to attend...
  • Blog Post: The Deployment Sessions–001: Deploying a Windows Store App with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

    This is the first in a new series of videos I’m working on that show how deployment works for modern apps , Windows Store apps, Windows 8 apps, Windows RT apps or Appx packages – whatever you like to call them. There are a few ways that you can deploy these types of apps to Windows 8 and Windows RT devices...