USMT Updated

The User State Migration Tool has updated to address two issues:      1. You can now install USMT on computers that are running non-English versions of Windows Vista      2. Some settings for local accounts were not being migrated, this has been addressed   If you are using USMT with BDD you will need to use the CAB…

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Top Ten – Most Common BDD 2007 issues

  I see the same issues coming up over and over again with BDD 2007. So, I decided it was time for my own Top Ten List! Number 1. – Partitioning within the Unattend.xml BDD likes (no needs) to look after partitioning itself! Do not do this via Unattend.xml. The most common symptom of this…

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BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – List of utility functions

  When creating your own script to use with BDD it is a good idea to leverage the framework that BDD provides. See my previous blog about how to leverage these functions. To make this process a little easier on myself I have created the following list which defines the functions that BDD provides, hopefully…

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BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – How to write a custom script

  BDD provides a scripting framework, by leveraging this framework you can write a custom script that can utilize the functionality that BDD provides. This functionality includes a logging, accessing and changing environment variables and a number of utility functions. Before describing how to create a script it is best to review how the scripts included with…

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Windows PE 2.0 – XP Disk partitioning issues

Many people have been having “Fun and Games” when using Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) 2.0 to create partitions on a hard disk. They use Windows PE to create a partition which XP is then installed onto, this then results in a “Blue Screen” at first reboot. This issue only occurs with some BIOS’s but can be extremely…

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BDD 2007 – Source code released

  For all of you who want to further understand the inner workings of BDD 2007, the source code is now available! You will find it here:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6a67f884-d629-4962-bd0a-c51bad560354&displaylang=en This means that you can make modifications, enhancements or perhaps even fix bugs!!If you feel the urge to make changes to the source code for your own use…

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BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – Multiple Keyboard Locales

  I have had recently had a couple of enquires from people having issues with setting multiple keyboard locales. When setting the “KeyboardLocale” value using a Lite Touch new computer deployment any settings specified in the CustomSettings.ini are being ignored. To solve this problem, update the KeyboardLocale line in the ZTIGather.xml file to set allow overwrites to…

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BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – Hydration

  When discussing the use of BDD 2007 with partners I like to introduce the concept of “hydration”. Desktop deployment projects tend to be very similar between customers. The desktop master images tend to contain the same roughly the same set of applications, such as Office, Acrobat Reader and perhaps some plug-ins. On top of…

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BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – Patching Vista

  Patching XP images is common topic of discussion with many of my customers. When deploying XP should they continuously update their “master” image every time a new patch is released or should they deploy the image without every patch and wait for the machines to be updated automatically via SMS or WSUS? One of…

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