MDT 2012 Update 1: Deploy to VHD

I was working on a separate blog posting (to be posted soon) that referenced the “Deploy to VHD” support that was present in MDT 2012 and improved in MDT 2012 Update 1 and wanted to include a link to that previous blog.  Except there was no previous blog – I guess I never did one……

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MDT 2012 Update 1: Roles and Features improvements

Apparently I was so wrapped up in the MDT 2012 Update 1 development process that I forgot to talk about one of the areas that consumed weeks of my time before the MDT 2012 Update 1 release: improvements to the “Roles and Features” logic. In MDT 2010 and MDT 2012, we had a task sequence…

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MDT 2012 Update 1 has been updated

For those of you using ConfigMgr 2012, you may be interested in this.  When ConfigMgr 2012 Cumulative Update 1 was released, it was discovered that you could no longer create a new task sequence using MDT 2012 Update 1 and the “Create MDT Task Sequence” wizard.  When you tried, you would get an error like…

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Troubleshooting Windows Deployments, take #2

Traveling from New Zealand to Australia for the TechEd Australia conference, I had some additional time to work on the troubleshooting guide, which is now starting to feel more like a book.  I added two sections to this document, one reviewing all the possible return codes from the MDT scripts (yes, there are lots of…

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Database changes in MDT 2012 and MDT 2012 Update 1

A few people have asked about the changes made in MDT 2012 and MDT 2012 Update 1 in regards to the MDT database.  There aren’t that many changes, but here they are: MDT 2012 RTW Removed obsolete properties for Lite Touch: SkipAppsOnUpgrade. Added new properties for ConfigMgr 2012: SMSTSPreferredAdvertID, SMSTSUDAUsers, SMSTSAssignUsersMode. Added one new property…

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Troubleshooting Windows Deployments

I’ve been doing a session at various events over the years called “Troubleshooting Windows Deployments” or something similar to that.  Today is the latest, presenting the session at TechEd New Zealand in Auckland.  It’s been tweaked some over the years, but the basic flow has always been the same: Log files of interest Examples of…

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Revisiting LTI deployment wizard application selection profiles

A few years back, I posted a blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2010/06/11/selection-profiles-with-the-lite-touch-deployment-wizard.aspx describing how to modify the Lite Touch wizard so that the deployment wizard shows a different list of applications based on the task sequence that was selected.  This worked fine with MDT 2010 Update 1, but there have been a few changes to the scripts…

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Automatically configuring the ConfigMgr console for MDT 2012

As part of the MDT installation process, you need to run the “Configure ConfgMgr Integration” wizard to add the MDT components into the ConfigMgr console and database.  But what if you want to automate that process?  Fortunately, that’s pretty easy to do using PowerShell, as the integration process really just copies some files around. See…

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Speed up MDT task sequences in Configuration Manager

Here’s a quick suggestion for speeding up MDT-created task sequences in ConfigMgr 2007 or ConfigMgr 2012: Find your MDT toolkit files package source folder. In the “Scripts” folder inside that folder, find the “ZTISCCM.wsf” script. Look for a line like this: wscript.sleep 30000 Remove that line or comment it out, then save the script. Update…

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Copying $OEM$ files and folders with MDT 2012 Update 1

I mentioned in the blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2012/07/21/mdt-2012-update-1-always-applying-images-with-imagex.aspx that MDT 2012 Update 1 no longer uses SETUP.EXE to install Windows 7 and above.  One side effect of this is that $OEM$ folders are no longer going to be copied, since that was something that SETUP.EXE did that the MDT LTIApply.wsf script doesn’t handle. I’ve never…

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