Expiring Outdated Stand-Alone Media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or Restrict the Use of Bootable Media Devices for OS Deployment Using SCCM’, I showed you how to limit or restrict outdated boot media devices.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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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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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 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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Finding Updates For Image Engineering

So a couple of weeks ago, I was working on a image engineering engagement for a customer. During image engineering I use an automated MDT 2010 task sequence to build the reference machine, customise it and then sysprep and capture it automatically. I typically use the ZTIWindowsUpdate.wsf task in the MDT 2010 task sequence to…

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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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