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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D4B3 New Feature: Multiple task sequence templates

First, let me mention a design change:  In Deployment 4, there are no longer any “builds” in the Deployment Workbench.  Instead of creating a build, you will create a task sequence.  This is more in line with the System Center Configuration Manager way of doing things.  Behind the scenes, much of the same configuration exists;…

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D4B3 New Feature: Windows Update integration

Another new script has been added into the Lite Touch and SMS 2003 task sequence templates.  This script, ZTIWindowsUpdate.wsf, originally built for Microsoft IT, is designed to run in the new operating system, automatically downloading and installing all updates available on Windows Update. Note that this script requires access to the Internet to download needed…

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D4B3 New Feature: More USMT automation

A new script has been added to the standard client task sequence template in Deployment 4 Beta 3.  This script helps with the USMT data migration process by scanning the existing OS to see what file types are registered to applications installed on the machine, then generates a new USMT XML file to tell USMT…

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Deployment 4 Beta 3 now available

I know it’s kind of old news by now, but if you’ve missed the various blog entries, e-mails, and other assorted announcements, we have released a new beta 3 of Deployment 4 (the codename for the next version of BDD 2007 – the “official” name is still being determined) on the http://connect.microsoft.com site.  To access…


New Tafiti web site

Microsoft Research has created a new Live Search front end that uses Silverlight.  Imagine that, a combination of search and a rich user experience 🙂  Check out http://www.tafiti.com to see it in action.  Be sure to click on the little tree icon to see a tree view (literally) of your results.


BDD 2007 Patch 1 Source Code Released

It took a while to get around to it, but we finally got it posted.  You can download the MSI installer from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6A67F884-D629-4962-BD0A-C51BAD560354&displaylang=en.  For those of you who downloaded the source for the original BDD 2007 release, this source will install into a separate directory, and from there you can compare the two to see the changes…


New Microsoft Update Catalog web site available

See the blog posting at http://blogs.technet.com/mu/archive/2007/08/14/the-microsoft-update-catalog-v1-is-live.aspx for more details.  For those of you who have been looking for one place to download content from Microsoft Update and Windows Update, this is the place.  Content available includes security updates, drivers, and much more.  For all the items you want to download, place them in the download cart…