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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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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Back To Basics 5: Restricting Task Sequence Usage

Often the simplest tips are the best ones, so here is one I have been using pretty much ever since I started working with MDT. When working as part of a team in the same MDT environment, you can often run into issues when various people are modifying the task sequence, or debugging a process…

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MDT Debugger 2.1

As some of our regular readers will have seen, I released version 2.0 of the MDT Debugger a short time ago.  This version 2.1 is just a minor update with the following changes/improvements: Fixed a bug in the output window that caused some process output not to be captured and displayed Added a button that opens…

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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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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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Using the MDT Windows Update Tasks in Image Engineering

A request that I have had from a number of customers lately goes like this: “we would like to have MDT 2010 download and apply all critical and security updates during image engineering from the Internet, but the device we are using as a reference machine is in the lab network which doesn’t get Group…

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