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…


Can I deploy Windows Vista Ultimate with BDD 2007?

Yes, you can.  However, because there is no volume license version of Windows Vista Ultimate, you would need to have a separate license key for each machine being deployed, and each of these machines would need to activate to the Microsoft activation servers on the Internet. The simplest way of handling this is to use…


Where do we hang out (virtually)?

Desktop deployment is a fairly broad topic, covering various products, tools, processes, etc.  We try to cover as much as we can in the Business Desktop Deployment solution accelerator (http://www.microsoft.com/bdd), on the TechNet Desktop Deployment TechCenter (http://www.microsoft.com/desktopdeployment), at conferences like TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, and IT Forum.  But most of that is one way: Microsoft…

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Conference Recordings Available Online

Interesting in viewing some of the sessions presented at the largest Microsoft conferences held worldwide?  Check out the Microsoft TechNet EMEA IT’s Showtime web site at http://www.microsoft.com/emea/itshowtime/.  They have recordings from MMS, TechEd US, TechEd IT Forum (Europe), TechEd Australia, and other conferences. Included in the list is one of the sessions that Tim Mintner…


Windows Server 2008 Launch Date Announced at WPC 2007 in Denver

Kevin Turner (Microsoft’s COO) announced during his keynote session at the Worldwide Partner Conference this week that Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008 will all launch on February 27, 2008.  While that probably feels like a long time off to you, I can assure you that it instills in me a…