Speaking at MMS 2010

I guess I’ll be fairly busy at MMS 2010, from April 19-23rd in Las Vegas.  These are the sessions I’ll be presenting:

BC07 Troubleshooting Windows 7 Deployments

Thursday 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM, Titian 2203-2304 

When everything works, Windows 7 deployment is great. But what about when things break? In this session, we'll look at common causes and solutions for failed Windows 7 deployments, looking at issues with the Windows 7 installation process itself (SETUP and related tools), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (Lite Touch), and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 (Zero Touch).

BC32 A Drivers Saga - The Control Freak meets The Dynamic Developer

Wednesday 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM, Titian 2203-2304 

Speaker(s): Johan Arwidmark, Michael Niehaus

One of the biggest challenges when doing windows deployment is dealing with device drivers. Meet Michael Niehaus and Johan Arwidmark sharing their notes from the field around handling device drivers in the deployment process. As a foundation the MDT 2010 and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 platform will be used. You can expect a lot of live demos, tips and tricks in this session.

BE04 Enabling Dynamic Windows 7 Deployments with Configuration Manager 2007 and MDT 2010

Thursday 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, Bellini 2105-2106 

See how to leverage Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 and MDT 2010 together to perform dynamic Windows 7 deployments - without the need for multiple images or task sequences. This session will explore the basics of using Configuration Manager 2007 for Windows 7 deployment, as well as exploring the value-added capabilities which the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 solution accelerator (a free add-on for ConfigMgr) provides.

BG01 MDT 2010 Update 1 + ConfigMgr 2007 OSD: Even More "Better Together"

Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, Titian 2201-2302 

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 integrates with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to provide additional functionality over and above the standard OS deployment features. In this session, we will quickly review this additional functionality, and then will focus on the new enhancements coming in MDT 2010 Update 1, including:

  • Support for ConfigMgr R3's OEM pre-staged media
  • The new user-driven OS deployment task sequence template
  • Offline user state capture from Windows PE
  • Other miscellaneous enhancements and fixes

We will also hear how Microsoft IT leveraged the user-driven OS deployment task sequence template internally to enable self-service OS deployment with ConfigMgr.


Related to session BC07, please e-mail me at mniehaus@microsoft.com if you have any specific issues that you’ve encountered in your Windows 7 deployments, whether they are related to Windows, MDT 2010, or ConfigMgr.  I want to try to go through as many of these as possible during the session.  (I’ve got lots of examples in my inbox, but it’s always challenging to figure out which of those issues are actually something others in the “real world” will encounter.)

Also notice that the BC32 session will be presented by both myself and Johan Arwidmark.  (In case you’re wondering, he’s the control freak, I’m the dynamic developer.)  We’ll try our best to not argue on stage…

For those that have been wondering about Modena, session BG01 will explore that:  “User-Driven” OS deployment using ConfigMgr.

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