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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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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Expiring Outdated Stand-Alone Media

  In my previous post ‘How to Limit or Restrict the Use of Bootable Media Devices for OS Deployment Using SCCM’, I showed you how to limit or restrict outdated boot media devices.  As promised, I am now going to offer a solution for stand-alone media.  I need to start by saying that there or…

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Dynamically Installing ‘Computer Specific’ Applications Using Configuration Manager with MDT

  There is a little known component of the MDT database that, when used with Configuration Manager, can automatically re-install applications that were previously installed on a device.  It is not well known, simply because it isn’t readily visible from the database view within the Deployment Workbench. I decided to write this entry, to explain…

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Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsize Businesses

Happy new year to everyone!  It looks like I am making the first blog post here for 2012 🙂 To get the year rolling I thought I’d share anexcellent resource that I stumbled across this week, even though it was published back in November.  If you follow the link below you can download a printable…

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ZTI MDT Debugger 1.0

I’ve had this tool sitting in a folder on my laptop half-finished for a few months but after a particularly frustrating problem with a script in a ZTI deployment I was encouraged to finish it! The original MDTDebugger that I wrote is a great help for debugging tasks running in a litetouch (LTI) deployment task…

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Deployment Mindmaps

“Why deployment is so hard?”, “Where can I find all related information?” What else I need to consider?” Those or similar questions are normal during my customer projects. After getting the same questions again and again,  I’ve decided to create a Mindmap with all common links you need to know if you in the deployment…

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Back to basics #6 – Application Compatability: Things You Shouldn't Do But Are Tempted To

I can’t profess to be an Application Compatibility guru like Chris Jackson or Aaron Margosis, but I do work on a lot of deployment projects where I am tasked with helping the client with this area.  As such, I have compiled a list of the top 5 most common Application Compatibility mistakes/not-recommended practises that I…

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Windows 7 Background Customization

One of the most requested windows7 customization in every deployment projects is the OS branding. Here is a quick step by step guide. Windows Background Picture: If you want to assign a Win7 Background & Logon picture based on the size of the Monitor we recommend to create a picture that looks good with the…

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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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