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…


Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta

Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications with the new virtualization innovations provided in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta. This service pack release delivers two new features, namely Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, to help businesses further optimize their datacenter and desktops. Dynamic Memory lets Hyper-V administrators pool available…

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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…


How to Make Your USB Stick Drive Bootable

Have you ever needed to make a bootable USB stick drive?  We will actually be doing this as part of our live events in order to be able to upgrade a Windows XP machine to Windows 7. We will make the USB drive bootable and add resources from the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit such as Operation…


TechNet Events: Windows 7 Deployment and SharePoint

TechNet Events registration is now OPEN!  Many who have attended the TechNet events in the past have told us that they would like us to go deeper on the topics.  They have also told us that we should make it an all day event.   You asked for it, you got it!  TechNet Events will now…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Now Available

  The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides you with usage information for servers in the Core CAL Suite…


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1

If you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 then you’ll be pleased to know the MDT 2010  Update 1, the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, is now available!   What is the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 It’s Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2010 Update 1 supports…


Test Drive Windows 7, take a survey and enter to WIN a Toshiba notebook

The Windows 7 Test Drive is designed to let you explore the great new features in Windows 7 – with no installation required.  Check out our updated site with new content on Enterprise products including IE8, MDOP and Virtualization.  Try out our virtual labs, watch demo videos, download whitepapers and find out everything you need…