Stay-At-Home Servers

We have a funny marketing campaign for the new Windows Home Server.  I especially like the book for kids, Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

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A new look

With quarterly training waiting to be done, I decided to procrastinate some more and tweak the ol’ blog a bit.  I’ve always been a big fan of simple, clean, sparse templates, so I’m trying out the Luxinterior – light_wide skin to see how it fits.  I also added a blogroll for some others that I…

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IE7 search providers and ConfigMgr RP

I was doing some research/testing on IE7 search providers today and thought up a neat trick for quicker access to some common ConfigMgr reports.  See Microsoft Support Article ID 918238 for some of the technical details on IE7 search providers.  We strongly recommend the use of GUIDs in the registry for the search providers, but…

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Quick restore from busted WinPE 2.0

Possibly a random scenario, but I thought worth sharing.  My specific instance was during a deployment to a Windows 2000 system.  The deployment went fine until it got into WinPE 2.0, where it failed.  However, rebooting the system would just restart into WinPE.  So here’s a process to fix a system to boot back into…

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How to restore from the OS backup

A customer requirement for a recent pilot project was to migrate user workstations to Vista for only a few weeks; we have to restore to the previous OS at the end of the pilot.  There are other scenarios in which you’d need to restore a system using the fat WIM captured with the MDT Backup…

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The ConfigMgr Song

The ConfigMgr Song

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BDD 2007 Media Deployment Point bug

A common practice is to place an $OEM$ structure beneath the Control folder for it to be build-specific.  I.e., if you have a build named Srv2003, then D:\Distribution\Control\Srv2003\$OEM$ is the starting point for inserting $$, $1 or textmode goodies.  I recently discovered, and Michael Niehaus verified, that there’s a bit of a bug in the BDD…

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BDD Workbench Error: Unable to open the specified WIM file

A Vista LTI is captured to the BDD server and during import as an Operating System the following error occurs: An unexpected error occurred while updating the view. Unable to open the specified WIM file. The details show the dump, with “System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: The data is invalid.” Any subsequent attempt to view/refresh the OS node results…

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Short File Name Prerequisite for SCCM 2007

A common security/performance setting is to disable short file names (aka 8.3 file names), and is recommended as part of the Microsoft Solutions for Security (MSS) (Disable Auto Generation of 8.3 File Names [NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation]).  However, as one of my customer’s recently discovered, this is an as-of-yet-undocumented prerequisite for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007.  The SCCM…

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Additional Windows 2000 Prerequisite for BDD

The BDD 2007 Lite Touch Installation Guide (specifically, Ensuring That the Required Infrastructure Exists) lists the prerequisites for target computers.  The lowest possible system is Windows 2000 SP4 with WSH 5.6, MSXML 3, and MDAC 2.  While testing something else, I installed Windows 2000 RTM, applied service pack 4, installed WSH 5.7, and MSXML 3…

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