MDT 2012 New Feature: Gather improvements

Sometimes it’s the little things that most people fail to notice that need some attention.  In this case, we’re talking about new task sequence variables automatically set by the MDT “Gather” process (specifically, the ZTIGather.wsf script).  There are a few new ones in MDT 2012: IsOnBattery.  This will be set to true if the machine…

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MDT 2012 New Feature: DaRT integration

In MDT 2012 Beta 2, a new feature has been added: the ability to integrate the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 7 into the Lite Touch boot images generated by MDT.  The end result is a new option when booted into Windows PE: And when you choose the “Run DaRT Tools” option, you can…

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SCCM Guru webcast coming up soon

As part of the BDNA “SCCM Guru” webcast series, I will be presenting on November 17th from 11:00am to 12:00pm Pacific time.  The topic of the presentation: Inside a ConfigMgr 2012 OS Deployment Task Sequence In this webcast with Michael Niehaus, Microsoft’s “Deployment Guy”, you will learn: The inner workings of a task sequence, showing…

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Windows Thin PC: Another flavor of Windows 7

As I discovered in recent TechEd presentations in Australia and New Zealand, not too many people are familiar with the newest members of the Windows 7 family.  So let’s explore one of those in more detail, called Windows Thin PC. For the full marketing overview, you can review these pages: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/solutions/virtualization/products/thinpc.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/windows-thin-pc.aspx To summarize, Windows…

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Hyper-V on Windows 8 Client!

Be sure to read the great new posting on the “Building Windows 8” blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/07/bringing-hyper-v-to-windows-8.aspx (Read through the comments too, which talk about support for sleep and hibernate.) There is one prominent statement made: Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). That means you have a great reason to consider…

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Migrating application settings with USMT 4.0: Sample #2

So maybe migrating Angry Birds high scores and settings isn’t terribly useful to you.  Let’s try something a little more practical and self-serving.  Many of you are using Configuration Manager 2007 or testing Configuration Manager 2012.  As part of that, you have installed the ConfigMgr console and connected to one or more ConfigMgr sites.  When…

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Migrating application settings with USMT 4.0: Sample #1

Out of the box, USMT 4.0 migrates settings for Windows, Office, and various other applications (typically current versions as of 2009), mostly consumer-focused.  (See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560792(WS.10).aspx for the full list.)  So what if you want to migrate settings from additional applications?  Well, then you need to author your own migration XML file. First though, you need…

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Migrating offline files (CSC) using USMT 4.0

One of the questions that came up after my TechEd New Zealand session on USMT 4.0 was whether USMT migrated the contents of the client-side cache (CSC) used for offline files.  Well, it sounds like it “sort of” does – but by default, it only moves the “dirty” files (those not yet sync’d to the…

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Troubleshooting the User State Migration Tool 4.0

I gave a presentation today at the TechEd New Zealand conference on “Customizing the User State Migration Tool 4.0” – something I’ve talked with customers about back from my consulting days (way back when, probably with USMT 2.6 at that point – remember that one and its INF-style configuration files?), but haven’t presented in public…

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Deploying Office 2010 with Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2

The new application model in Configuration Manager 2012 will require administrators to study up on how best to deploy software – this isn’t anything like traditional software distribution like you would find in ConfigMgr 2007. I recently set up Office 2010 as an application in ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2.  Here are the steps I used…

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