Finish Actions for Configuration Manager OSD

MDT 2010 introduced a new feature called Finish Actions.  This allowed you to set the variable FinishAction to either SHUTDOWN, RESTART (or REBOOT), or LOGOFF and the computer would be shutdown, restarted, or logged off after the task sequence (and subsequent cleanup) had completed.  Unfortunately, this was only provided for Lite Touch deployments. This same…


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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BitLocker Protection Status

I have recently been working with a customer on a Windows Vista to Windows 7 migration. During the Refresh deployment task sequence, BitLocker is suspended on the C and D partitions. On occasion we had issues where by protection was not always successfully being suspended on the D partition, which caused the user to be…

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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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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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Querying MDT/ConfigMgr Logs in MDT Scripts

The Lite Touch Deployment Process end in a Summary Wizard pane that displays any warning or errors that were logged in the MDT master log (BDD.log). This is a great feature but customers have pointed out that this summary is not preserved after the Summary Wizard is closed.  If you accidentally Finish before reading everything,…

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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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Setting Environment Variables in a Task Sequence

Some tools require setting an environment variable when they are used.  For example, the User State Migration Tool has several that can be used for troubleshooting.  One is discussed in the Ask the Directory Services Team blog post here.  Unfortunately, the built-in MDT or ConfigMgr Task Sequence steps for capturing and restoring the user state…

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