Windows 7 unveiled today

It really does exist, and today we admitted it at the Professional Developer’s Conference in Los Angeles.  See http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/pdc/default.mspx for all the PDC-related news, and the refocused Windows Team Blog at http://windowsteamblog.com/ for more specifics on Windows 7.  (If you missed it, there was also a posting about Windows Vista and Server 2008 SP2 last…

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TechEd U.S. 2009 is earlier this year

The dates were posted to the TechEd website, http://www.microsoft.com/events/teched2008/default.mspx, saying that TechEd 2009 would again be one week instead of two as was done last year in Orlando (and as is still done in Europe for TechEd EMEA).  This year it will be earlier too, May 11-15, and be located in Los Angeles.  I can’t…

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MCSA is now "MCITP: Server Administrator"

Remember a few years ago when it was a big deal if you had a Microsoft certification?  Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) was the big one, with the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) being the “baby brother”.  MCSA was about managing and troubleshooting; MCSE was about designing and implementing. As always, time marches on, Microsoft…

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"Allow this program to be installed from the Install Software task sequence without being advertised"

If you are trying to install multiple software packages using a ConfigMgr task sequence “Install Software” step, where each of the package and program combinations is stored in a task sequence variable (e.g. PACKAGES001=XXX00001:Install), you might find that they don’t work.  If you go digging through the SMSTS.LOG, you’ll see messages like this: No matching…

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Scripts updated in MDT 2008 Update 1

A few people have asked about the script updates that were made in MDT 2008 Update 1.  Here’s the quick summary listing all the scripts that were modified in MDT 2008 Update 1 and a very brief description of the changes made to each: DeployWiz_Definition_ENU.xml.  If the deployment type is blank, show the deployment type…

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