Check to see if the TPM is enabled

Hey Everyone! I recently worked on a project where we were enabling the TPM chip prior to enabling Bitlocker through the task sequence.  One thing that we wanted to do was to check to see if the TPM was already enabled and activated prior to running the BIOS configuration tool to enable the TPM.  The…

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Back to basics #4 – Things You Shouldn’t Do But Are Tempted To

It’s been a while, but I’ll now continue this series of basic tips in the hope to help avoid some deployment unpleasantness that you might rub shoulders with at some point!  In this post I’ll explain 5 common errors that people make when configuring their newly deployed Windows 7, and what you should really be…

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Adding and Removing Fonts with Windows PowerShell

A while back the topic of scripting the installation and removal of fonts came up in an internal discussion.  It reminded me that someone had once shared with me Visual Basic 6 utilities for doing just that.  So I decided to see if I could transform these into working Windows PowerShell scripts in the same…


Using the MDT Windows Update Tasks in Image Engineering

A request that I have had from a number of customers lately goes like this: “we would like to have MDT 2010 download and apply all critical and security updates during image engineering from the Internet, but the device we are using as a reference machine is in the lab network which doesn’t get Group…

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Deployment Walkthrough Videos Now Fully Posted

Thanks you all for your patience waiting for the full set of deployment walkthrough videos to be posted on TechNet Edge. As per my previous post, over the past few months I have been updating the deployment walkthrough videos and I am pleased to announce that the whole video series has now been posted. In…

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Simple Deployment Monitoring

When working on a client site, the laboratory where I have the MDT server(s) set up along with the test machines is not always in the same place as where I am.  This could be for a variety of reasons, but usually it is that the lab area is either too cold to stay in (aggressive…

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Video Walkthrough Updates

I know that many people used the Walkthrough videos that I created around Lite Touch deployment with MDT and Zero Touch deployment with Configuration Manager – as I got so many great emails about them. Over the past few months I have been updating the videos that I originally released as well as adding more…

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Removing the Browser Choice option During Image Engineering with MDT 2010

If you are in the European Union, you will have seen the installation of the Browser Choice option from Windows Update. This is a good thing if you are a consumer and wish to choose other browsers, however if you are managing Volume Licensed (VL) builds and you don’t want the Browser Choice in your…

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User State Virtualisation – Solution Accelerator

I wanted to highlight a new solutions accelerator that has been published, which I think is particularly relevant to deployment because it is something that I have to address in most of the deployment projects I work on.  The guide is called “Windows User State Virtualisation (USV)” and discusses the features and issues surrounding how…

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MDT Deployment Wizard Panes for Installing OS Roles and Features

My customer is deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 using MDT Lite Touch Installation.  The wanted to have a way to select the operating system Roles and Features during the Deployment Wizard in a way similar to how the Install Roles and Features step works in the task sequence editor: To that end, I created two…

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