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…


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 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 for the full details, as well as Jeff Gilbert’s blog posting at 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…


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…


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…


BDD 2007 Overview Demo

A new BDD 2007 overview demo was posted to the web today, available at  If you don’t know what BDD 2007 is and want more information, check it out.

BDD 2007 Released

See Manu Namboodiri’s announcement on the Windows Vista blog for the full details. For those of you who tested out the beta and release candidate versions of BDD 2007 and provided feedback, thank you for assistance.

BDD 2007 Release Candidate 1 Now Available

Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is now available for download on Microsoft Connect. BDD 2007 provides end-to-end guidance and automation for large scale deployment of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System. BDD 2007 RC1 is feature complete and has been updated to support the released version of the User State…

TechEd IT Forum in Barcelona

It’s the first major conference since the release of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System, so it should be an interesting show. I’ll do my part.  I have a full day of preconference sessions on Monday, and seven other sessions throughout the week. If you’re in Barcelona this week, be sure to look me…

Counting down the days to Windows Vista

Soon enough, it will be here.  Are you prepared?  If you want to read more about Windows Vista, check out this month’s TechNet Magazine, available online at  I have an article in this issue, entitled 10 Things You Need to Know about Deploying Windows Vista.  I hope it gives you some things to think…