Back to basics #2 – 7 Things you shouldn’t do in a LiteTouch Deployment

  The below list is a list of the most common mistakes made when creating a LiteTouch task sequence.  While not an exhaustive list, it might help to improve your deployment experience when using MDT to create LiteTouch deployments. 1.)  Hard-code paths to files/scripts in the task sequence, or inside a script, or referring to…

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Porting Configuration Manager Task Sequences to a Different Environment

Many scenarios arise in which you may want to port your task sequence from one environment to another. Common scenarios include promotion through Lab and QA environments and migration between disconnected hierarchies.  Configuration Manager allows you to export task sequences into XML files as an out-of-the-box feature, however there are some things to remember when doing…

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SCCM 2007 SP1 and the Run Command Line Bug

In SCCM 2007 SP1 the console will experience an error when you try to edit a Run Command Line step that was created in SCCM 2007 RTM.  This can occur if you upgraded from RTM to SP1, if you import in SP1 a task sequence that was exported from RTM, or if you use the…

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Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) utilising Citrix Xendesktop as the Broker

In this second blog entry on VDI I will explain the benefits that using Citrix Xendesktop as the connection broker can bring. As explained in the first blog Microsoft does not provide a broker but partners with companies including Citrix, Quest and several other companies. The list of partners can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/partners.mspx Citrix…

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Placing your window on top during the WindowsPE stage

Back in March, Richard Smith wrote a post about how to move the Task Sequence window to one side so that you can display a new window in the centre of the screen without it being covered up by the “Always On Top” Task Sequence window. Richard’s solution works great, however if you try to…

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TechNet Webcast on Desktop Deployment

Two colleagues of mine in the UK, Adam Shepherd and Mark Aslett, are running a series of WebCasts around Infrastructure Architecture. The next in the series is on Desktop Deployment and it will run on the 15th October 2008 at 16:00 GMT. A brief description of the talk, in their own words, is below with…

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SCCM 2007 SP1 and Windows XP/Server 2003 Mass Storage Drivers

hdc Class Drivers One of the features in SCCM to facilitate deployment of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 is the ability to inject mass storage controller drivers offline.  Traditionally mass storage drivers had to be included in the image (present when Sysprep is run) for these operating systems. To do this in SCCM, for…

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Back to basics #1 – Locking the computer during deployment

This is the first post in a series that will cover some of the more simple/basic tricks that you can do with MDT, but that are often overlooked.  I’ll be the first to admit that a couple of them I only learnt recently, even though I have been using BDD/MDT for years. During the deployment…

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