Signing Windows 8 applications using an Internal PKI

So – your development cycles have been completed and now you are ready to deploy the much anticipated Windows 8 based application that you have developed to your clients. You will quickly realize that the deployment of your newly created Windows 8 application cannot happen until the appx assembly has been signed. All methods of…

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Create Windows-To-Go drives in a simple Factory mode

Windows To Go is a feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that allows Windows 8 Enterprise to boot and run from mass storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard disk drives. It is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 environment. During a recent project we faced the need to generate hundreds of WTG…

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Printer Remapping in Windows 7 Deployments

One of the challenges that I frequently come across is the shift from 32-bit operating system environments to 64-bit operating system environment during deployment projects. Windows 7  ships as both 32-bit as well as 64-Bit, with the 64-bit version becoming more popular due to its ability to handle large amounts of RAM and the wider…

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Windows 8 BitLocker Deployment and PowerShell

With Windows 7 deployments, BitLocker installation for Operating System and data volumes has typically been configured as a post Operating System deployment activity – usually using the Enable BitLocker task sequence actions or by using the manage-bde.exe command line. The impact on the Windows 7 deployment process is that the full volume encryption process may…

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Run command line as domain user – Incorrect Function Error

When deploying Windows clients using Configuration Manager 2007 and MDT 2010 Update 1, there is often a requirement to run task sequence actions as a domain user as opposed to the local system account. For example, in order to perform actions on a computer object in Active Directory (such as moving the computer object to…

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Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) UK is Hiring

MCS UK are looking for a technical consultant to specialise in client deployment (Windows 7 and Windows 8), Systems Centre 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – to view and apply for the position please see http://bit.ly/GI8Id2 or if you need additional information then please contact Sarah…

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Internet Explorer 6 Migration Roadshow events – UK

Microsoft is working with a number of compatibility partners to host Internet Explorer 6 Migration Roadshow events around the UK. With support for Windows XP coming to an end on the 8th April 2014 and IE6 standing in so many people’s way of migration, this is an opportunity to gain understanding on how to deal…

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MDT 2012 Beta 2 Released

The latest version of MDT is now available on Connect (Join the MDT 2012 Beta 2 Connect program here!) MDT 2012 Beta 2 offers new User-Driven Installation components and extensibility for Configuration Manager 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012 as well as integration with the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) for Lite Touch Installation remote…

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BitLocker Protection Status

I have recently been working with a customer on a Windows Vista to Windows 7 migration. During the Refresh deployment task sequence, BitLocker is suspended on the C and D partitions. On occasion we had issues where by protection was not always successfully being suspended on the D partition, which caused the user to be…

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Co-existing PXE Boot for MDT standalone Image Capture & ConfigMgr Image Deployment Environments

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is great for building and capturing your reference images because allows you to use the copyprofile technique to configure user settings. System Center Configuration Manager 2007 is great for Zero Touch Deployments of you enterprise image. But what if you have a lab environment with one server and you want to…

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