Configuration Manager 2012: Package Conversion Manager 2.0 Released

The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 released today and widely available.  With this release, our team has worked really hard to ensure that we update and support Configuration Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 for our application migration tool called Package Conversion Manager (PCM).  We originally released PCM to support RTM of ConfigMgr 2012 and…

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Kicking the tires for Configuration Manager 2012’s Package Conversion Manager (PCM)

In the past few months, we’ve received a lot of requests to help many of you focus on “testing” the new Package Conversion Manager (PCM) that is available in the Microsoft Download Center.  It is rather trivial to actually download PCM and install in your production environment yet for many it is very scary to…

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ConfigMgr 2012 PCM: Walking through PCM Plug-In capabilities

  In the complicated and dynamic world of applications, Enterprises continued to find unique and interesting ways to approach software delivery with System Center Configuration Manager.  During the development of Package Conversion Manager (PCM), we quickly determined that one area that was ripe for investment was in helping customers to take advantage of PCM when…

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Introducing Package Conversion Manager (PCM) 2.0 Beta: ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Support

As I’ve outlined in the past, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and Package Conversion Manager (PCM) are very tightly integrated.  This integration creates a situation whereby any major updates to the ConfigMgr 2012 product requires the PCM team to update PCM.  Yesterday, our team released the PCM 2.0 Beta that aims at fully supporting ConfigMgr…

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SCVMM 2012: A Frustrating Library that just will not go away! Forcibly Removing it

We recently had a situation with our System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) that literally frustrated the crap out of me.  Don’t take that wrong, the product didn’t really cause the frustration instead it was the mis-use of the libraries in 2012 that did.  You see, you live & learn and when we originally…

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Introducing User-Driven Install (UDI) for MDT 2012 Update 1

Our engineering team has had an amazing journey this past year with two key releases to help our customers improve their capabilities for deploying Windows in their enterprises.   As you know, we released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 in April of this year to coincide with the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) and this enabled a lot…

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Disaster: Sector “0” Blanked for Cluster CSV, VMM Incomplete Configuration

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of living through a living hell whereby I was wondering what exactly would happen when our development engineering team had to figure out how to rebuild 53+ virtual machines hosted on a Failover Cluster with Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) enabled.  The first question is why don’t you have…

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Extending User-Driven Installation (UDI) in MDT 2012

A key pillar in our rebuilt User-driven installation for MDT 2012 was to remove the monolithic approach and focus on building an extensible, lego-set approach to our UDI Wizard & Designer.  This is an important feature that allows developers, and some IT professionals with coding abilities, to effectively create new pages to meet the dynamic…

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Learning MDT 2012’s User-Driven Installation (UDI)

After spending a lot of time talking to customers after we integrated code-name “Modena” into the powerful, and enterprise-ready Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, it was obvious that our engineering team needed to spend some dedicated effort in helping customers get the right training for implementing User-driven Installation (UDI).  I outlined in a previous post the…

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MDT 2012 User Driven Installation (UDI) Drill-down at MMS 2012

I’ve arrived.  The wheels are down here in Las Vegas and I’m getting pretty excited.  I’m participating in a few sessions this week and I wanted to talk through some of the things to expect if you attend our MDT 2012 User-Driven Installation (UDI) talk.  In MDT 2012 UDI, which is currently released as a…

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