BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – Integrating WinRE into Vista with BDD

Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) is a recovery platform based on Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). Windows RE provides two main functionalities, Automatic diagnosis and repair of boot problems using a tool called Startup Repair and a centralized platform for advanced recovery tools.based on this functionality I think it makes a lot of sense to…


BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – Identifying hardware types

When using BDD to deploy and OS one of the first things it does is detect information about the hardware via WMI. As part of this detection process it determines the Chassis Type of the machine. By using this information we can configure the rules to perform different tasks based on the hardware type. For example we…


BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – Tuning SMS WIM compression

When testing BDD in a Lab environment or even some customer sites I find that when I update an OSD package it takes a long time for the package to be distributed to the distribution points. This delay is usually due to the time it takes to compress the WIM image (or the network speed)….


UPDATE – How to manually use a BDD Task Sequence to test application installation

  In a previous post I detailed the process for using a cut down version of the task sequence to test application installation, unfortunately this process has not worked for a number of people so I thought I should add the following tip. If you leave any folders behind then make sure that you remove any…


BDD 2007 – Tips and Tricks – Managing Driver Groups with PowerShell

BDD 2007 has a great technique of determining which drivers should be applied to the clients being deployed. It maintains a central driver library and then deploys the drivers based on the plug and play ID’s of the client. So for example if we where deploying an HP DC7700 it would see that it has a…