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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Deployment 4 (the next version of BDD) – Beta 3 Released

It looks like the BDD team has been very busy! They have just released Deployment 4 Beta 3 the worthy successor to BDD 2007. Having spent a reasonable amount of time testing Deployment 4 I must say I am very impressed, particularly when it is combined with SCCM. So what is it that has impressed…

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BDD 2007 – How to move a computer object in Windows PE

Many of my customers have Group Policy settings that are very restrictive and cause problems during operating system deployments. For example the legal notice messages can interrupt an automated logon process. This can be a real hassle to get around when deploying so to solve the issue the I perform by performing one of the…

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BDD 2007 – Time saving tips – How to manually restart the build process

When troubleshooting the BDD deployment I often make a change then test. Then find that I need to make another adjustment and test again. Well this this process can be time consuming especially if you have to wait for Windows PE to reboot each time. Well I have a couple of tips to help speed…

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