Quick notes about MDT 2010 Update 1, released today!

For those of you who didn’t notice the posting on our team blog talking about today’s release of MDT 2010 Update 1 or hadn’t signed up for the beta on http://connect.microsoft.com so you didn’t get the e-mail notification, I wanted to post a few quick notes about the new release: Read the release notes and…

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Selection profiles with the Lite Touch deployment wizard

I’ve talked with several people who have wanted to filter the list of items that are displayed in the Lite Touch wizard.  Fortunately, that’s pretty simple to do as you can set the WizardSelectionProfile task sequence variable via CustomSettings.ini to specify the name of the selection profile that should be used to do the filtering:…

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Just a few days until TechEd North America

I’ll be in New Orleans from June 6th through June 10th to attend and speak at TechEd North America.  Compared to the Microsoft Management Summit, I’ve got a relatively light schedule with two sessions: PRC09 | Experience a REAL Windows 7 Deployment from A to Z with the Deployment Experts Sunday, June 6  |  10:00…

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In the Phoenix area?

I’ll be presenting at the AZ Systems Management User Group’s meeting being held at the Microsoft office in Phoenix on Monday, May 24th, at 3:00pm.  During the meeting I’ll be talking about the recently-released beta of MDT 2010 Update 1 and any other Windows deployment topics you might be interested in.  (I’ve come to user’s…


MDT 2010 Update 1 Beta available for download

As you may have noticed, either from the http://blogs.technet.com/msdeployment blog or via an e-mail announcement from http://connect.microsoft.com, we have released MDT 2010 Update 1 Beta.  If you haven’t yet downloaded this to try it out, sign up now to get the files. So what’s new in this version?  Well, there are a few new features,…

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Driver Management: What you are doing

Thanks to Rod, Chris, Reed, and others who helped encourage people to check out the driver management survey blog posting I made last night, I was quickly able to get over a hundred replies.  Now that’s what I call “instant feedback”.  So here’s the interpreted results based on that sampling. For those of you using…

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Driver Management: What do you think?

Johan and I talked about various ways to handle drivers with MDT 2010 (Lite Touch) and ConfigMgr 2007 during our MMS 2010 session.  We think we’ve addressed the common options and challenges that you are likely to encounter, but without your feedback we can’t really confirm this. Could you take a minute of your time…


ConfigMgr 2007 Driver Management: The Novel, part 3

In the first part of this series, I talked about the three (well, four with Johan’s) approaches for managing drivers with ConfigMgr 2007.  There’s actually another method that I didn’t mention so far (one that we briefly mentioned at the end of the MMS session): “Treat them all as software” In this scenario, you’ll basically…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Driver Management: The Novel, part 2

In the previous posting at http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/archive/2010/04/29/configmgr-2007-driver-management-the-novel-part-1.aspx, I mentioned that it should be possible to script the importing of drivers into the ConfigMgr driver store to help implement the “Added Predictability” (driver categories) and “Complete Control” scenarios by solving the duplicate driver import challenge using PowerShell.  So that’s the whole purpose of this posting. Regardless of…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Driver Management: The Novel, part 1

I can tell just starting out on this topic that it’s going to be a long one.  For those of you who attended the session that Johan and I presented at MMS 2010, we talked about various ways of managing drivers, with Johan focusing on MDT 2010 Deployment Workbench (Lite Touch) and me focusing on…

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