Interested in a "virtual" BDD/MDT user’s group meeting?

We always receive invitations to attend user’s group meetings around the country (and in some cases, in various parts of the world) but due to time (and money) limitations, we don’t get to do too many of them, focusing instead on just the big conferences and a few other events here and there.  It’s always…

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"Collection was modified; enumeration operation may not execute"

If you have created your own custom Windows Vista image (WIM file) and tried to use it with BDD 2007, Microsoft Deployment, or even with just the Windows System Image Manager tool, you may have run into the error above.  For the fix to that issue, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941595.  Be sure to follow the instructions carefully,…

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Internet Explorer behavior change

I guess I’m a little out of touch:  I had noticed the "Click to activate" behavior in Internet Explorer 7, but never knew why it was like that.  All I knew was that it was annoying :-)  I wouldn’t have guessed that it was a direct result of a lawsuit. Well, fortunately, the behavior will…

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How do you add Windows Live Messenger presence to your blog or web page?

Several people asked me how to do that, based on the Windows Live Messenger integrated into my blog blog entry.  For those of you who would like to do this yourselves, check out http://settings.messenger.live.com/Applications/CreateHtml.aspx.  That web page will let you generate the HTML that needs to be posted into your own pages.  It’s really a…

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Microsoft Deployment released, now I need to catch up on e-mail

It’s the typical Microsoft release cycle: lots of last-minute work to be done, lots of nights with little sleep.  With that behind us, as you’ve probably seen through lots of blog entries and announcements about Microsoft Deployment (the next version of BDD 2007), now I need to catch up on e-mail.  For those of you…

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TechEd: IT Forum underway

The conference has officially begun in Barcelona, with over 5,000 IT pros, Microsoft employees, and partners talking about currently available Microsoft products and those due to be released in the coming months.  It’s going to be a busy week, full of lots of detailed technical information.  (For those of you attending, please look me up…

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So many TechEd conferences

For those of you in the USA, you are probably thinking that there is just one TechEd conference, a rather large event held every June covering just about any Microsoft software product you can think of.  But for the past few years, there have been two events in Europe, catering to two different audiences: TechEd:…

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Windows Live Messenger integrated into my blog

There are some things about Windows Live Messenger that are really cool.  See the “News” information to the left?  You can see whether I’m on line, and if I am, start an instant IM session.   And I can put a Windows Live Messenger form directly into the blog:   Just be aware that sometimes…

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D4B3 New Feature: Improved disk partitioning

For Lite Touch deployments, we can now create multiple partitions, or even prepare multiple disks.  Note that this uses some interesting math, the same as System Center Configuration Manager.  Looking at the example above, with the first partition specifying to use 50% of the free space and the second partition saying to use 100% of…

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D4B3 New Feature: Calling web services

BDD has always supported rules processing via CustomSettings.ini, where values from the local machine, typically retrieved via WMI, could be used to make decisions on what needs to be done on each machine during a deployment.  It could also make SQL queries and stored procedure calls to retrieve additional information from external databases.  There were…

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