One more BDD 2007 Patch 1 installation suggestion

If you have manually moved the distribution share since you installed BDD 2007, updating the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\BDD\Distribution_Dir registry value to tell BDD the new location, you may notice that the patch install still tries to update the old location.  This happens because MSI still thinks its in the old location. To avoid this particular problem, you…


Another new BDD patch?

No, just kidding 🙂  But for those of you who closely watch every new download from the Microsoft download center, you may have noticed that the BDD 2007 download (available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=62043) shows a new date, June 21.  So what exactly changed?  For those of you with good memories, you may remember that there used to…


BDD 2007 Patch 1 knowledge base article and patch now available

Check out http://support.microsoft.com/?id=937191 for the list of fixes included in BDD 2007 Patch 1, as well as for the links to the MSI patch files (MSP’s) that can be downloaded.  When installing the patch, be sure to use a command line such as: msiexec /update BDD2007_x86_Patch1.msp REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=as /quiet If you’re curious as to what…

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Beginning another TechEd conference

It’s been a number of years since I’ve been in Orlando for a Microsoft conference, having gone to TechEd (the first one I had ever been to) here a few years ago.  I went to register yesterday and realized that I didn’t recognize the convention center at all.  Then I realized that this wasn’t the…


BDD 2007 and PowerShell

I’ve hinted several times that it is possible to use PowerShell to interact with BDD 2007, basically to perform the same functions via a PowerShell script that you can do by using the Deployment Workbench MMC snap-in.  If you were at MMS 2007, you may have seen a glimpse in a sample script presented in…

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BDD 2007 Source Code Available

The source code for the BDD 2007 Deployment Workbench and various utility programs (written in C# and C++) is now available on the Microsoft Download Center.  See http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6a67f884-d629-4962-bd0a-c51bad560354&displaylang=en for the download.


A discussion about Wake-on-LAN

Did you know that System Center Configuration Manager 2007 will include support for Wake-on-LAN?  See http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sms/smsv4/smsv4_help/43092b3c-06fb-4162-b589-28f14057873c.mspx for the full details, as well as Jeff Gilbert’s blog posting at http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jgilbert/archive/2006/08/08/22911.aspx. So what is Wake-on-LAN?  It’s a way to send a “magic packet” to a machine that isn’t powered on.  That package is received by the still-powered-up network…

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Tips for Integrating USMT 3.0 into BDD 2007

First, some background information. We use the User State Migration Tool 3.0 as part of the user state migration process in BDD 2007 (both Lite Touch and Zero Touch deployments).  Unlike previous versions of BDD, we don’t run USMT from the network.  Instead, we install USMT 3.0 locally on the computer, first in the old…

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Adding custom tasks to BDD 2007 task sequences

In BDD 2007, we provide a task sequence that is preconfigured to do all of the activities needed to perform a deployment end-to-end (for Lite Touch, Zero Touch, refresh, upgrade, new computer, Windows XP, Windows Vista, etc.).  However, that doesn’t mean that it does everything you need.  Depending on your particular requirements, you may need…

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