MDT Debugger 2.0

Back in March of last year, I posted the MDT Debugger as a time/stress and frustration saving tool useful for debugging the scripts you develop for use with MDT.  Over the last year, I’ve used the tool in every MDT project that I have worked on, which has given me the opportunity to (very slowly)…

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Splitting Task Sequences To Make Life Easier #2

In a previous post, I described the first of two methods on how to drastically reduce the time (and stress/frustration!) it takes to debug an MDT task sequence, by eliminating all the tasks that work.  In this post, I’d like to close this topic with the second of the two methods on how to achieve the…

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Splitting Task Sequences To Make Life Easier #1

I don’t know about you but it frustrates me that, to test certain parts of a task sequence, I have to run the entire task sequence from the very beginning, formatting the drive and installing the WIM image.  This can be a process that can take an hour just to reach the point I want to test, causing a…

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Going Social!

The Deployment Guys are finally improving their social skills by joining you all on Twitter!  So come follow us (@DeploymentGuys) where we’ll be tweeting about all things Deployment related.  We’ve only just started, so things are a little bare at the moment but this will improve once we find our feet!   This post was…

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Kick-Starting SCCM Advertisements

I managed to beat fellow Deployment Guy Michael Murgolo to the honour of the first post of 2011, so it is my responsibility to wish all our readers a happy new year!  I hope all your 2011 deployment projects go well, and we’ve all got some good posts lined up over the coming months which…

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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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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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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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Microsoft Office Migration Planning Manager- New Version for Office 2010

If you attended any of my Office 2010 OnRamp sessions you’d have heard me mention that there was (at the time) no version of the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) for Microsoft Office 2010.  Well that has changed recently with the release for download of this tool, updated for Office 2010; you can get it…

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Customising the MDT Task Sequence Editor

One of the things I like the most about MDT is the level that it can be customised; you can edit the HTA screens, the provided scripts or even use existing ones to build you own.  This level of flexibility allows you to achieve pretty much anything in a deployment, once you have worked out…

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