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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Back to basics #4 – Things You Shouldn’t Do But Are Tempted To

It’s been a while, but I’ll now continue this series of basic tips in the hope to help avoid some deployment unpleasantness that you might rub shoulders with at some point!  In this post I’ll explain 5 common errors that people make when configuring their newly deployed Windows 7, and what you should really be…

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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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User State Virtualisation – Solution Accelerator

I wanted to highlight a new solutions accelerator that has been published, which I think is particularly relevant to deployment because it is something that I have to address in most of the deployment projects I work on.  The guide is called “Windows User State Virtualisation (USV)” and discusses the features and issues surrounding how…


Customising the MDT Task Sequence Editor

One of the things I like the most about MDT is the level that it can be customised; you can edit the HTA screens, the provided scripts or even use existing ones to build you own.  This level of flexibility allows you to achieve pretty much anything in a deployment, once you have worked out…

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Exporting All SCCM Variables To A Log File For Debugging

[UPDATE] Please use the script in the following location – http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2008/09/02/logging-all-the-configuration-manager-task-sequence-variables-part-ii.aspx. Often when debugging a Windows deployment you might need to know the value that has been assigned to a particular variable. With a LiteTouch installation this is easy, you can just read the variables.dat file, or write a simple VBS/WSF script that displays a…

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Office 2010 OnRamp Event

Unless you are on holiday in Spain for the relevant dates, and you also want to break up your holiday with an exciting day of IT, this blog post won’t be too relevant for you.  However, if you are one of our readers living in Spain, then read on! I’ll be speaking at an event that…

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