MDT 2012 Beta 1: Cross-Platform Deployment

Those of you who deploy both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 7 using MDT 2010 Lite Touch probably know that you have to use two different boot images to do it:  When booted from a Lite Touch x86 boot image, you only see task sequences associated with x86 operating systems; when booted from a…

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MDT 2012 Beta 1: UEFI Support

One of the new features that has been added to Lite Touch Installation in MDT 2012 Beta 1 is support for deploying 64-bit Windows to machines configured to use UEFI.  So what exactly does that mean?  That’s no simple question. What is UEFI? The “Unified Extensible Firmware Interface” (UEFI) specification, created by an industry consortium…

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ConfigMgr 2007 Driver Management Revisited (Again)

After MMS 2010, I had posted a series of blog postings talking about different mechanisms for managing drivers with ConfigMgr 2007.  You can read through that at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2010/04/29/configmgr-2007-driver-management-the-novel-part-1.aspx. Then a hotfix was released that changed the way ConfigMgr 2007 handled duplicate drivers when importing.  I talked about that in the post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2010/10/15/configmgr-driver-management-a-new-development.aspx.  One point…

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MDT 2010 and Windows AIK Supplement Revisited

In my previous post titled Issue with MDT 2010 Update 1 and Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 Supplement, I mentioned some challenges if you wanted to use Windows PE 3.1 and still use Windows RE from a Windows 7 SP1 BOOT.WIM file.  One possibility proposed for dealing with this is to manually modify the…

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Creating a fully-patched image using MDT 2010 Lite Touch

I’ve always been a fan of the thinnest image possible.  Taking that to an extreme, that means using the original image straight off the Microsoft media.  But over time if you did this you’d find that the time required to apply patches to that image becomes unmanageable.  (Case in point:  I started up a new…

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Got orphaned collections in ConfigMgr?

This one goes back several years to when I was routinely writing code that used the ConfigMgr SDK (although in an odd coincidence, I was writing such code again yesterday).  It was pretty easy to run some buggy code that didn’t quite do what was intended, and as a result ConfigMgr might be left in…

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Issue with MDT 2010 Update 1 and Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 Supplement

With the release of the Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 supplement (see http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2011/02/17/windows-aik-for-windows-7-sp1-released.aspx for details), there is a new version 3.1 version of Windows PE available.  If you plan to install this update, you need to be aware of an issue when using this with MDT 2010 Update 1. To explain the issue, first…

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New program for US-based partners

If you are a Microsoft partner in the US interested in helping customers deploy the latest version of Windows Server, you might be interested in the new Windows Server Platform Modernization program.  But reply quickly, spots are limited and first-come, first-serve.  The full details: The Windows Server Platform Modernization program offers free, instructor-led technical training,…


User Group Meetings and MMS 2011

I’ll be in Texas this week for two user group meetings, first in Houston (HASMUG) and then in Austin (CTSMUG): HASMUG Presents a MMS Sneak Peek – March 10, 2011 http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7dkvxteab&oeidk=a07e3e2p2g807a5c714 I have 60 minutes to talk about MDT v.Next, giving you a preview of what I’ll be discussing at MMS 2011. CTSMUG – March…

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Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 Released

Some of you probably noticed a new download showed up today: The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=0aee2b4b-494b-4adc-b174-33bc62f02c5d Be sure to read the “readme” that goes along with this at: Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 Readme http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349350(WS.10).aspx A quick Q&A that I assembled from information in this readme and…

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