Enterprise Management of ActiveX Controls using ActiveX Installer Service

The ActiveX Installer Service (AXIS) is a Windows technology that enables the installation of ActiveX controls to a standard user in the enterprise. It consists of a Windows service, a Group Policy administrative template, and a few changes in Internet Explorer behavior. Many organizations must install ActiveX controls on their desktops in order to ensure…

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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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Using MBAM to start BitLocker Encryption in a Task Sequence

The script has been updated to abort if the TPM is not Active and to create Endorsement Key Pair if it does not exist on the TPM.   Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) provides features to manage BitLocker encryption of computers in an enterprise.  More information on MBAM can be found here. BitLocker creates…

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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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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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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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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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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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Deployment Walkthrough Videos Now Fully Posted

Thanks you all for your patience waiting for the full set of deployment walkthrough videos to be posted on TechNet Edge. As per my previous post, over the past few months I have been updating the deployment walkthrough videos and I am pleased to announce that the whole video series has now been posted. In…

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