Driver Management (Part 2) – MDT 2008

I am often asked what the best way is to manage drivers with both BDD/MDT and ConfigMgr. With this in mind I thought I would create two blog posts dealing with this topic. The first post covered ConfigMgr and the second (this post) BDD/MDT driver management. Please note this is not the only way to…

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Configuring default settings for Windows image deployment

This post has been superseded by an updated post found here: http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys/archive/2009/10/29/configuring-default-user-settings-full-update-for-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx.  Please update any links or favorites accordingly.     Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, confers no rights, and is not supported by the authors or Microsoft Corporation. Use of included script samples are subject to…

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Pin Items to the Start Menu or Windows 7 Taskbar via Script

Update 28 April 2009 – This post originally had the sample scripts pinning the executable (calc.exe) directly.  A colleague of mine pointed out that it would be better to pin the Start Menu shortcuts for items instead of directly pinning the executable.  This should be done because shortcuts for Windows Installer applications are special.  Launching…

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Using MBAM to start BitLocker Encryption in a Task Sequence

The script has been updated to abort if the TPM is not Active and to create Endorsement Key Pair if it does not exist on the TPM.   Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) provides features to manage BitLocker encryption of computers in an enterprise.  More information on MBAM can be found here. BitLocker creates…

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Driver Management (Part 1) – Configuration Manager

I am often asked what the best way is to manage drivers with both BDD/MDT and ConfigMgr. With this in mind I thought I would create two blog posts dealing with this topic. The first post (this one) will cover ConfigMgr and the second BDD/MDT driver management. Please note this is not the only way…

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PXE Deployment with Surface Pro

PXE support has been added to Surface Pro as part of the May firmware update.  This means that as long as you have the Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter and installed the firmware update you can now perform PXE based deployments to Surface Pro. For detailed guidance on updating firmware on Surface pro please refer to…

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SCCM 2007 and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Video Walkthrough

Are you struggling with setting up SCCM 2007 Operating System Deployment and integrating MDT? – I have created a video walkthrough that shows you how to: Setup the server environment for SCCM 2007 OS deployment Configure the SCCM 2007 Site Settings Configure the SCCM 2007 Computer Management Settings Configure the SCCM 2007 Operating System Deployment…

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Reducing Windows Deployment time using Power Management

The following post was contributed by Benjamin Rampe a Senior PFE working for Microsoft. While studying up on Windows 10, I came across a technique that has been shown to reduce the time it takes to apply an OS WIM to disk by 20 – 50%*.  That’s a fairly significant savings in time and the…

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Removing Windows 8.1 Built-in Applications

Last year I published a PowerShell script that is designed to remove the built-in Windows 8 applications when creating a Windows 8 image. Well now that Windows 8.1 has been released we must update the PowerShell script to work with Windows 8.1. The script below takes a simple list of Apps and then removes the…

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