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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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 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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Changing Hyper-V Cluster Virtual IP Address (VIP) After Layer 3 Changes

We recently had a change take place in our engineering lab that included a large set of layer 3 changes (IP, VLANs, Subnets, etc.) that caused us some downtime.  Although most of the issues are well documented, I found though that there was one that simply plagued me in finding the resolution.  This was primarily…

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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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Using WinPE Creator to Create Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) of your physical server

In the past two posts, I’ve focused on the first two capabilities provided in the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit.  The primary scenario for this toolkit is to offer customers the ability to virtualize their physical servers when they don’t readily have System Center Virtual Machine Manager available.  As mentioned, our P0 scenario was to…

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Enabling Hyper-V Role Successfully via Operating System Deployment Task Sequence

During a ask-the-experts at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 in Las Vegas, a customer asked a question of how to utilize Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 to install Windows Server 2008/R2 and enable the Hyper-V role.  The customer had tried several things but to no avail as the customer was using ConfigMgr’s Operating…

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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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