Download some free books…

Many of you will be traveling or taking vacations over the holiday season and might be looking for some content to fill up your e-readers or tablets.  Microsoft Press has released quite a few e-books in the past several months that should keep you busy.  My suggestion would be to start with the ones that…

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Have you submitted your MDT feedback?

Several people have asked me recently about desired features in MDT, which is great – but it would be even better to see this information submitted through the Connect website.  To do this, please follow these steps: Go to http://connect.microsoft.com and log in with your Microsoft account (formerly called a Live ID). Join the MDT…

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The ADK for Windows 8.1 has been updated

With the general availability of Windows 8.1, a new update to the Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 has been posted to the Microsoft Download Center.  See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/hh825613.aspx for more information about the changes.  (Two of interest to most IT pros affect USMT and WIMGAPI.) If you downloaded and installed the ADK for Windows…

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MDT 2013: What’s changed?

I did a session at TechEd New Zealand a few weeks ago talking about what’s changed in MDT 2013.  As part of that session, I put together a list of all the changes in the MDT 2013 release, comparing all the scripts and configuration files, looking through all the bugs fixed, etc.  Since that information…

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Ensuring custom GPO packs are copied to linked deployment shares

It’s been a surprisingly common question in the past few weeks – how come MDT doesn’t copy custom GPO packs to linked deployment shares?  Well, it’s been like that since support for GPO packs was added to MDT 2012 Update 1. The simple scenario:  Someone has created a custom security template using the Security Compliance…

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Grabbing out-of-box drivers from a Windows 8 system

It seems like a common request:  I’ve got a brand new system, right out of the box from the OEM.  It has all the drivers on it that are needed.  So rather than find and download those same drivers from the OEM’s website, why can’t I just extract the drivers from OS that’s already on…

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Sometimes it’s the little things…

I’ve been building SMS and ConfigMgr environments for over 17 years now.  You would think that in that amount of time I would be able to do this without pulling my hair out.  Most of the time that is the case, but not always.  Today, I wanted to do something that I’ve done dozens of…

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