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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Video Walkthrough Updates

I know that many people used the Walkthrough videos that I created around Lite Touch deployment with MDT and Zero Touch deployment with Configuration Manager – as I got so many great emails about them. Over the past few months I have been updating the videos that I originally released as well as adding more…

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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…

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Preventing OEM builds from Accidentally Performing Mini-Setup without the Task Sequence

When you pre-load an OEM build on machines, they are usually set-up to perform Mini-setup as soon as they come up. Customers sometimes have difficulties ensuring that these machines boot to WinPE using boot media or PXE rather than simply performing Mini-setup using input from the user. Usually, if this happens, you have to re-sysprep…

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Location Deployment Wizard for ConfigMgr 2007

When working on deployment projects, there is often a requirement for a workstation to be customised on a location by location basis. Common workstation customisations which are applied in this manner include: Localisation settings (locales, keyboard settings, time zones, Windows (Windows Vista/Windows 7) language injection Domain membership/organisational unit join information Location based applications to be…

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Deploying Windows 7 VL with MAK (Multiple Access Keys) using MDT 2010

My esteemed colleague – Doug Klokow who is a Senior Consultant in the worldwide deployment practice, working with Windows 7 TAP (Technical Adoption Program) customers in the US has put together a most useful set of instructions regarding Windows 7 deployment using MDT 2010 and MAK keys. This is of benefit when deploying to environments…

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Boot from VHD and WDS

Following on from Aly’s excellent article about configuring MDT to support Boot from VHD I thought I would add some words about WDS and boot from VHD. Windows Server 2008 R2 contains an enhanced version of the WDS server. I will talk about some of the other enhancements in a later post – today I…

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Deploying Win 7 to Boot From VHD with MDT 2010

One of the more difficult scenarios that customers have found in the past is multi-booting a new OS. The effort needed to re-partition the drive to allow for the new OS is sometimes too great. One new solution that is gaining ground in deployment is Boot From VHD. This allows you to take a VHD…

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GImageX Beta for Windows 7 Beta

The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is a set of tools and documentation that support the configuration and deployment of Microsoft® Windows® operating systems.. By using Windows AIK, you can automate Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, configure and modify images using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM), create Windows PE images, and…

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