The Last Post

Well I am sad to say that this is my last post. But don’t worry I have something better. I have been thinking for quite a while that there are so many different blogs out there with useful deployment information. This is great but it can be difficult to keep track of them all, there…

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Microsoft Deployment – Released

Well it looks like I no longer have to answer the question “when will Microsoft Deployment be released?” with the response “sometime soon :)”. Microsoft Deployment is now released!! I wont go into all the details of what MDT does, you will find that information in many blogs (including my previous and future posts) and…

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BDD 2007 – TechNet Magazine article worth reading

One of my fellow Microsoft Services consultants from the UK Adam Shepherd, has just had an article published in TechNet Magazine. The article provides advice on how to scale BDD. This includes how to to support multiple databases, use DFS-R and how to leverage WDS. The advice is based on learning’s from real world so…

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BDD is now Microsoft Deployment

The big secret is now out! BDD has officially had a name change, the next version will be called Microsoft Deployment. I was hoping the new name would be “the solution accelerator formerly known as BDD” but I don’t think that even made it to first cut because the acronym would have been too long…

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BDD 2007 – How to create a Custom task sequence with reboots

I am often asked how to setup a custom task sequence that will continue after a reboot. If you have created a custom task sequence to install a number of applications that includes a reboot then you will know the problem I am taking about. When you do this you will find that the computer…

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BDD 2007 -How to ensure the computer is in the correct OU

As promised in a previous blog post here is a script to move a computer to the correct OU from within the host operating system. There are two situations where I find this script useful: When a computer object already exists in Active Directory for the computer you are deploying. In this situation the existing computer object…

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Deployment 4 – UPDATE – How to create a custom task sequence

I have previously mentioned how to create a custom task sequence to save time when testing application installation in BDD 2007. You will find the article here. There are two problems you could run into when using this process with Deployment 4. If you create a custom task sequence based on a REPLACE template then…

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BDD 2007 – How do you do it?

I am often asked how I install and configure BDD 2007. So I thought now was a good time to detail at a high level the process I go through to create and deploy operating system images using BDD 2007. This is not a step by step guide but more of a rant about how…

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BDD 2007 – Special characters special problems

Here is a simple tip when using BDD. DO NOT use special characters anywhere. They cause problems. Let’s illustrate this with an example. I create an application with the name “AT&T Dialer”. Then when I add this application to the task sequence I see that it is now displayed as “INSTALL-ATT Dialer”. You can also…

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Deployment 4 – Who stole my build?

Well for those of you that have already installed Deployment 4 may have notice that Deployment 4 does not use builds anymore. Task sequences are used instead. Task sequences are very similar to builds with a few subtle changes. All of the task sequence configuration information is now maintained within the task sequence itself, NOT…

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