Adding Configurations to the Applications Pane using AppDescriptors

  Often times when you are presenting applications to install in the LiteTouch wizard of MDT, you may want to present configurations for each of these applications. These could include installing application features, configuring parameters like computer name, language or parameters that link to other computers. Below is an example of Office and Windows 7…

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Getting more into DVD Media Based Deployment

One of the great features of MDT 2010/2012 is the ability to create a media based deployment  – this media based deployment can be placed on a USB based memory device (HDD or Fob) or onto a DVD. This allows the MDT based deployment to run from this removable media which is great for badly…

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Supporting different build types using a single deployment share

I have recently been working with a customer deploying Windows 7 using MDT. One of the requirements the customer had is to be able to use a single deployment share to capture and deploy images without having to use the MDT database. Using a single deployment share is complicated by the requirement to specify different…

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Dynamic Computer Naming in ZTI Deployments

For a while I have been meaning to write up a solution around dynamic computer naming in Zero Touch. Many people have emailed or commenting on how useful this would be – so here goes. Zero Touch Installation relies on a combination of System Centre Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010/2012. The…

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UK Tech Days Content Now Live

A couple of weeks ago, I took part in the UK Tech Days event in London. This event – run over one full week – provided a fantastic selection of sessions and included a whole day on desktop related content. During our desktop day we covered desktop virtualisation, an introduction to application compatibility and Office…

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Deploying Volume Activation for Office 2010

In this post I will be showing you how to use ospprearm.exe as part of a MDT Task Sequence to rearm Office 2010 Volume Activation in Windows 7 and Office 2010 uses Key Management Service (KMS) or Multiple Activation Keys (MAK). In an enterprise environment, it is highly recommended to use the same KMS infrastructure…

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The Deployment Guys gets a Facelift

You may have noticed that we have gone through a facelift here at the Deployment Guys blog – We now have integration to our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as an easier way to search for the posts that you need quickly (via the search box and the Tags list on the right hand…

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Deploying Custom Registry Settings for Office 2010

If you are planning to customise your Office 2010 deployment significantly, then at some point, you will more than likely need to make changes to the registry. Perhaps you wrote a custom add-in that you need to define (In “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office\Word\Addins”), or maybe you want to tweak the status bar in more detail than OCT or…


Finding Updates For Image Engineering

So a couple of weeks ago, I was working on a image engineering engagement for a customer. During image engineering I use an automated MDT 2010 task sequence to build the reference machine, customise it and then sysprep and capture it automatically. I typically use the ZTIWindowsUpdate.wsf task in the MDT 2010 task sequence to…

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