Deprecation of the OSVersion Property and What to Do About It

The OSVersion variable is populated with a short string representing the version of the operating system (e.g. XP, Vista, Win7Client, 2008, etc.).  With MDT 2012, you may have noticed that when you deploy Window 8 that the value of the OSVersion variable gets set to “Other” instead of something like “Win8”.  This is because the…

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Printer Remapping in Windows 7 Deployments

One of the challenges that I frequently come across is the shift from 32-bit operating system environments to 64-bit operating system environment during deployment projects. Windows 7  ships as both 32-bit as well as 64-Bit, with the 64-bit version becoming more popular due to its ability to handle large amounts of RAM and the wider…

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Windows 8: Automating the installation of .NET Framework 3.5 with MDT

  [Correction – November 14th 2012] I have been informed that the new built in roles and features functionality of MDT 2012 Update 1  has the following very useful functionality. It will automatically try to find the SXS folder in the deployment share that you are using to deploy the image. You can specify the…

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Automatically Populate the PATCH Property for the ConfigMgr Client Installation – Updated for ConfigMgr 2012

Update 2013-06-12: The newest version of this script can be found here.   Two years ago I posted a script to automatically set the PATCH property used by ccmsetup.exe to install client updates during the Configuration Manager client installation in a task sequence.  That post is found here.  Since Cumulative Update 1 for ConfigMgr 2012…

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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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MDT 2012: New Features – Hide Shell

Here is a common scenario. You are deploying an operating system using MDT Lite Touch, during the deployment you install some user specific applications. However the users think that the deployment is completed an they close the application installs or perhaps start messing with the machine while it is still logged in as the local…

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MDT 2012: New Features– GPO Packs

There are many new features of MDT 2012 but one that I particularly like is the ability to apply GPO Packs created using Security Compliance Manager (SCM) during the deployment process. SCM is a great tool that allows you to create and manage group policy baselines in an easy to use interface. These polices are…

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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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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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