Silently Installing the Elevation PowerToys in MDT

In a previous post I shamelessly promoted my Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista.  I recently was contacted by one of our support engineers about installing these tools.  The customer wanted to install most of them in their Windows Server 2008 reference image build using MDT.  The command shell script that I had provided in the…

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Configuring Default Settings for Windows image deployment – KB Article Published

Just a small update on this topic.  Microsoft has now published a Knowledge Base article, KB959753, that documents the “automated profile copy” methods for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.  The old “manual or scripted copy of a configured profile over the Default User profile” method will no longer be…

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"Easy" List Items for the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

In MDT rules processing with CustomSettings.ini, some of the items that can be configured are List Items.  List Items are essentially multi-valued custom properties.  Examples of items that are List Items are Applications in LTI and Packages in ZTI.  To define a List Item based property in CustomSettings.ini you add the base property name in…

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Vista SP2

Well Vista Service Pack 2 CTP is available. Information is scattered across the web, including the Windows Vista home page and the Springboard Series Site. It was first released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. A public download link is now here ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/windowsserver/dd262148.aspx) So what does this mean for MDT users? Well at the start…

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User Experience for Configuration Manager Task Sequences – Part I

Ever wanted to add your own user communication and interaction to a Configuration Manager task sequence? Below is an HTML Application (HTA) that has a user interface for the task sequence with information about the deployment, a button to cancel or pause the deployment and even a button for a desktop support person to get…

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