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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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 #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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Allowing Better Interaction to App-V Virtual Applications

Each time I work on a Windows deployment project, App-V figures more and more in the conversations that I have with customers.  It is, in my opinion, now a vital tool that is needed in order to successfully migrate an existing platform (or deploy a new one) to Windows 7.  The uses for App-V vary…

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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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Deploying Custom Registry Settings for Office 2010

If you are planning to customise your Office 2010 deployment significantly, then at some point, you will more than likely need to make changes to the registry. Perhaps you wrote a custom add-in that you need to define (In “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office\Word\Addins”), or maybe you want to tweak the status bar in more detail than OCT or…