New version of the MDT Wizard Editor is available

For those of you who customize the MDT wizards, you may want to check out the new version of the MDT Wizard Editor at http://mdtwizardeditor.codeplex.com.  The latest version 2.0, uploaded today, includes a few fixes (e.g. properly encoding XML file entries in CDATA sections), adds support for MDT 2010, and includes a few new features….

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MDT 2010 New Feature #21: Copying extra folders

When MDT 2010 replicates content to a linked deployment share, you can choose whether to copy “standard folders” as part of that replication process.  These folders (Scripts, Tools, $OEM$, USMT) might be required by one or more of the task sequences being replicated, so we give you that option.  In the case of media, we…


MDT 2010 New Feature #20: General Purpose ConfigMgr wizard

In MDT 2008, we provided unknown computer support for ConfigMgr 2007, since it didn’t provide that capability – you first had to import new computers into the ConfigMgr database before you could install an OS, so MDT helped automate that process.  When ConfigMgr 2007 R2 was released, it included unknown computer functionality, so we have…


ConfigMgr SP2 is speedy

People have made fun of ConfigMgr, and every version of SMS before that, for being “slow moving software”.  For those of you who try to deploy software to a machine and then wait for it to actually happen, you know what I mean: it was guaranteed to take two minutes from the time you advertised…


Setting up an image factory, part 1: Using MDT 2010 Lite Touch with SCVMM 2008 R2

Yes, I’ve been promising this blog posting for quite some time.  And I’ve been working on this for quite some time, but kept getting distracted either by new releases (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, MDT 2010, SCVMM 2008 R2, etc.) or by the addition of new features to the PowerShell scripts that I’ve been…

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Running PowerShell scripts as part of a task sequence

Both MDT 2010 Lite Touch and ConfigMgr 2007 run the same task sequencer.  This task sequencer can run any command that you want, just specify the command line to use.  That’s the simple part – the harder part is figuring out what this command line should do.  Often the command, a VBScript or PowerShell script,…

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Automatically update MDT 2010 boot images in WDS

You’ve probably gone through this cycle if you are using WDS to PXE boot computers to start bare metal Lite Touch deployments: Import new drivers or change bootstrap.ini. “Update deployment share” to generate new WIMs. Import new WIMs into WDS. Fortunately, with the new “update” process in MDT 2010, described in more detail at http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/archive/2009/07/10/mdt-2010-new-feature-17-customizable-boot-image-process.aspx,…

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MDT 2010 New Feature #19: Improved Driver Management

I’ve been distracted while we worked on fixing the remaining bugs in MDT 2010, which was finally released today.  Now it’s time to get back to the discussion on new features in MDT 2010.  Next up on the list: improved driver management. This is really a combination of two features we had already discussed: MDT…


Sorting the contents of an MDT 2010 deployment share

Quite some time ago (well over a year ago – time flies) I posted a script at http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/archive/2008/06/20/sorting-mdt-s-lists-of-applications-task-sequences-patches-etc.aspx that described how to sort the content in an MDT 2008 distribution share.  Now that MDT 2010 has been released, it’s important to first point out that this script will not work with MDT 2010 for a…

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Automating Long-Running MDT 2010 Tasks

There are a few operations in the MDT 2010 Deployment Workbench that can take a while.  We’ve done our best to optimize those processes, but in many cases they will still take a good amount of time to complete.  While you could certainly start an operation in one Deployment Workbench and then open another Deployment…

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