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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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 – 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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