Useful Script Number 2 – Move the Task Sequence Window

Have you ever created a build and had to pop up a message to the user/technician? – or had to start an HTA application to request some kind of user input during the build or deployment process? If you have then you will know that the task sequence window sits centre screen and everything else…

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Lite Touch Video Walkthrough

Are you struggling with setting up MDT Lite Touch? – I have created a  video walkthrough that shows you how to: Add operating systems, applications, drivers and packages to MDT Configure Office 2007 into the build process Create a MDT Lite Touch task sequence  Setup a lab based deployment point Create a customised build to…

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Lite-Touch Deployments – Making them a bit more scalable

Take a look at the image below, which is a fairly common scenario for a company; let’s call them Contoso.  Contoso has multiple offices around the country that all connected to their head office, some with high-speed network connections and others with relatively slow ones.  Contoso is planning their Windows Vista rollout which will be…

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OSD: Dynamic Application Installation

In this post I am going to talk about a solution I put together for a customer around OSD and application installation by querying a collection. Anyone who has used Zero Touch Installation will be familiar with the ability to install applications from SMS packages. In the wizard screen you enter information about each package;…

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Useful Script Number 1 – Start and Stop Services

So over the next few weeks, I will be presenting a mini series of scripts that may useful in your deployments. All of the scripts will be BDD/MDT specific – meaning that they can be run from the task sequencer and will have the correct format for using the BDD/MDT framework for logging/utilities etc. The…

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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This post has been superseded by an updated post found here: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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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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BDD 2007: Rebooting at the end of the Task Sequence

An oft asked question is how do I reboot a computer at the end of the Task Sequence in BDD 2007 LiteTouch? One of the more popular answers is to edit the LiteTouch.wsf file. I must admit I am not a fan of ‘hidden’ reboots nor of editing the core BDD scripts if I can…

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What is "The Deployment Guys"?

"The Deployment Guys" is a blog focused on deployment. "The Deployment Guys" is a combined effort.   There many different blogs out there with useful deployment information. This is great but it can be difficult to keep track of them all, there must be a better way. With this in mind we have decided to…

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Don’t clean up your image (just yet)!

Hi all, I thought I’d post a tip on this shiny new blog that we’ve created just to get the ball rolling!  We have high expectations for the content on this page, we now need to live up to them!  Anyway, the following is something I see in a lot of my deployment projects; and…

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