Troubleshooting Windows Deployments

I’ve been doing a session at various events over the years called “Troubleshooting Windows Deployments” or something similar to that.  Today is the latest, presenting the session at TechEd New Zealand in Auckland.  It’s been tweaked some over the years, but the basic flow has always been the same: Log files of interest Examples of…

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Revisiting LTI deployment wizard application selection profiles

A few years back, I posted a blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2010/06/11/selection-profiles-with-the-lite-touch-deployment-wizard.aspx describing how to modify the Lite Touch wizard so that the deployment wizard shows a different list of applications based on the task sequence that was selected.  This worked fine with MDT 2010 Update 1, but there have been a few changes to the scripts…

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Automatically configuring the ConfigMgr console for MDT 2012

As part of the MDT installation process, you need to run the “Configure ConfgMgr Integration” wizard to add the MDT components into the ConfigMgr console and database.  But what if you want to automate that process?  Fortunately, that’s pretty easy to do using PowerShell, as the integration process really just copies some files around. See…

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Speed up MDT task sequences in Configuration Manager

Here’s a quick suggestion for speeding up MDT-created task sequences in ConfigMgr 2007 or ConfigMgr 2012: Find your MDT toolkit files package source folder. In the “Scripts” folder inside that folder, find the “ZTISCCM.wsf” script. Look for a line like this: wscript.sleep 30000 Remove that line or comment it out, then save the script. Update…

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Copying $OEM$ files and folders with MDT 2012 Update 1

I mentioned in the blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2012/07/21/mdt-2012-update-1-always-applying-images-with-imagex.aspx that MDT 2012 Update 1 no longer uses SETUP.EXE to install Windows 7 and above.  One side effect of this is that $OEM$ folders are no longer going to be copied, since that was something that SETUP.EXE did that the MDT LTIApply.wsf script doesn’t handle. I’ve never…

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Displaying the task sequence name

I was talking to some people yesterday at the TechMentor conference in Redmond and about MDT, and somehow during the conversation I got a mental image of the task sequence progress dialog that I couldn’t shake (and that wasn’t really even related to the conversation, go figure). A while back, we made some changes to…

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One journey ends, another begins

A long time ago, I worked in corporate IT.  One day I started looking for new challenges and interviewed with Microsoft for a job in Microsoft Consulting Services, helping customers with their Windows deployment processes.  I distinctly remember talking about all the “challenges” (putting it nicely) with the current tool, the Business Desktop Deployment (BDD)…

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MDT 2012 Update 1 is coming soon!

You probably noticed that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM’d today (see http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/08/01/windows-server-2012-released-to-manufacturing.aspx for the details).  MDT 2012 Update 1 won’t be too far behind, as this is the version that will fully support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 deployment, as well as the new Assessment and Deployment Kit (the replacement…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: UDI “Build Your Own Pages”

One of the challenges with previous versions of the UDI wizard was extensibility.  With MDT 2010 Update 1, there was no way to add a new page.  With MDT 2012, you could do this by writing C++ and C# code, which at least made it doable, but beyond the capabilities of most organizations.  Now with…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: Customer experience improvement program

If you have installed MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1, you might have noticed a new wizard page in the MSI installer: When enabled, this option enables us to collect more information about how MDT is being used, which we can leverage to improve MDT in the future.  No personally-identifiable data is collected; you can…