Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 7 of 7)

Custom Edit the Deployment Wizard to Add a New Page   In the final part of the seven part series we’ll see how we can do further customizations to the MDT deployments.  We’ll use the MDT 2010 Wizard editor from CodePlex to modify our Windows Deployment Wizard.  In this demonstration we’ll create a new pane…


Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 6 of 7)

Using Linked Deployment Points In our demonstration we have a Test deployment share that has been populated with some deployment assets suchs as application, operating systems, out-of-box drivers and packages.  So how do I easily get the deployment assets I’ve tested into a production environment?  For that we’ll use Linked Deployment Shares.  We’ll create folders…


Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 5 of 7)

Configuring the Deployment Point to Use the Configuration Database In order for the properties populated in configuration database to be of any use, the database must be tied to a deployment point. In this demonstration we’ll look at how to configure the database rules which basically tells what needs to be queried for each of…


Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 4 of 7)

Configuring Other Methods in the Configuration Database In this demonstration we’re going to go through creating examples of the other three role methods and will assign role methods created earlier: Refresh User and Managed Computer. With all methods we can associate properties settings, applications, packages, roles and Administrator accounts. In this demonstration we’ll see how…


Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 3 of 7)

Configuring Role Methods in the Configuration Database Role methods are used to target a group of computers based on a variety of criteria. As you will see there are four types of methods: Computers, Role, Locations, and Make and Model. The Role method is unique in that it can be assigned to other methods. This…


Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 2 of 7)

Create and Explore the Configuration Database The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit has the ability use a configuration database which provides a rich opportunity for customization of an automated deployment.  The configuration database is a logical extension of the configuration settings normally stored in the CustomSettings.ini. However, with the configuration database we can centrally store values, which…


Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 1 of 7)

Reviewing the Available Options in the Deployment Workbench In this demonstration we’ll review the CustomSettings.ini file before we make any customizations to the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) . We’ll also look at what the default experience is from the client computers perspective and step through the different panes in the Windows Deployment Wizard. Advanced Deployment…

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Exam 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010 Now Available

If you’ve been deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 with Microsoft tools like the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and the Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 then you’ve probably picked up enough experience and knowledge to take this new certification exam, Exam 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010. I’ve listed below the information from…

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Blain and John’s Resource Guide for Windows 7 Deployment

Blain and John’s TechNet Event Resources Windows 7 Deployment Sept- Dec 2010 Future Live, In-Person Event Information TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com MSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.com Webcasts Windows 7 Webcast Series http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetwindows7.aspx Windows Server 2008 R2 Webcast Series http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/windowsserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts   Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Windows Client TechCenter – the Springboard Series of…


Windows 7 Deployment FireStarter PowerPoints

The four Windows 7 Deployment FireStarter sessions below are now available to download.  Click on the link to download or click in the slide to view the presentation. How Do I Download the PowerPoint? To download a copy of the slide deck: Click on the bottom right of the PowerPoint to “View full-size presentation” In…