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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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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Upgrading to Windows 8 Consumer Preview Just Got Easier–Using VHD Tools to P2V

As you already know, Windows 8 Consumer Preview hit the market just over a week ago.  The 1 million downloads in the first day sheds some light on the demand and I’m sure that many of you are clambering to get it on your devices and find out what all the buzz is about.  Same…

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MDT 2012 Beta 2–User-Driven Installation (UDI) Version 2

Since the release of MDT 2010 Update 1, our User-Driven Installation (UDI) engineering team has worked extremely hard at making the use of UDI much simpler for administrators and end-users to use.  This is the founding principle, or pillar, we focused on this past year.  This hard work of our team was made available to…

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VhdCapture & VhdPrep: Using these tools to P2V your physical server to USB, Network Share

  In today’s post, I want to spend some time sharing how to use the virtualization tools that our team (MPSD Development) built as part of the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit (ConfigMgr P2V).  In previous posts, I shared how ConfigMgr customers could utilize the toolkit for migration purposes as well as sharing how others…

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TaskList, TaskKill, Remote Machine, Spinning Process, and killing that runaway process! 2-steps!

I’ve been dealing with a “application” these days that is absolutely driving me nuts.  In short, this application that runs in user-mode context and displays data on the screen while locking the keyboard makes for a difficult situation when said application decides to “hang.”  Until the company who writes this dashboard application provides a solution,…

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Brocade Fiber Switch Console (Java) Shuts Down when Accessing via HTTP

If you run a lab or data center that includes Storage Area Networks (SAN) for shared storage then you’ve most likely run into switching technology.  For example, in our engineering lab we have 20+ physical hosts connecting to a fiber-based Host Bus Adaptors (HBA) and this requires the use of switches if you have more…

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MDT 2010 Update 1 including User-Driven Installation Beta Released

Yesterday was a big highlight for my team.  For the past 14 months, my direct team has worked very hard at building a rock-solid solution that enabled end-users to drive their own migration to Windows 7.  This vision came true with the release of MDT 2010 Update 1 that now includes User-driven Installation, formally known…

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Understanding IIS Bindings, Websites, Virtual Directories, and lastly Application Pools

In a recent meeting, some folks on my team needed some guidance on load testing the Web application that one of my feature teams are developing.  The questions on load testing subsided rather quickly and prior to pluggin my ears with my headphones for my ZuneHD, I was stepping out of the room when one…

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