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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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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