xPDT – Profiles

In “xPDT – the next generation of deployment automation”, I outlined the requirements and challenges of automating distributed deployment. This post will examine the challenges associated with profiles. Some setups assume that the credentials under which they are running have a user profile present.  Sometimes this is because the setup copies files to the user… Read more

xPDT – Credentials, CredSSP, and Execution

In “xPDT – the next generation of deployment automation”, I outlined the requirements and challenges of automating distributed deployment. This post will examine the challenges associated with Credentials, CredSSP, and Execution. In a distributed deployment, there are two types of tasks that we need to execute through DSC – installation and configuration.  Installation tasks typically… Read more

xPDT – Remoting Tasks and Validation

In “xPDT – the next generation of deployment automation”, I outlined the requirements and challenges of automating distributed deployment. This post will examine the challenges associated with remoting tasks and validation. By definition, a distributed deployment is spread across multiple servers, which means there is a need to initiate a deployment from one location to… Read more

xPDT – the Next Generation of Deployment Automation

In my last post, I introduced a new set of DSC resources available in the DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 that enable automated deployment of System Center and related prerequisites including SQL Server. In the DSC Resource Kit Wave 9, we added resources for Azure Pack. In the DSC Resource Kit Wave 10, we will… Read more

Deployment–PDT 2.65.2620 is now available on the TechNet Gallery

In my last post I mentioned that PDT was being maintained by a group inside Microsoft that actively use the tool.  Well, that team have been hard at work and have provided and update which is now available on the TechNet Gallery here.  A huge thanks to that team for their work on this! The… Read more

Deployment–DSC Resources for System Center Deployment

Readers of this blog are familiar with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT), which was developed to solve the problem of complex long running distributed deployment, primarily of the components used to manage the fabric of a private cloud i.e. Windows Server, System Center, and Windows Azure Pack, as well as related components required to support… Read more

Automate and Manage Windows Operating System Deployments Now Online

Hey folks! Jeff Gilbert here. It’s no secret that enterprise Windows operating system deployments can be complicated and costly. It can also be very difficult to ensure consistent results with so many different methods and tools available to enterprise desktop administrators these days. Finally, adding to the complexity of operating system deployment is the overabundance… Read more

Deployment–At last, a GUI for PDT!!!

When I introduced the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit at both the Microsoft Management Summit and TechEd in 2013, I asked “Who’s afraid of XML?”  A lot of hands went up.  At the end of my breakout, I asked the question again… and again, a lot of hands went up, although I believe it was slightly less… Read more

Cisco UCS Power Scripting Contest

Readers of the Building Clouds blog probably know me as the “PowerShell Deployment Toolkit” guy.  PDT is all about deploying the management stack – System Center and Windows Azure Pack.  PDT will even create the VMs needed to deploy that management stack to – as long as you are using Hyper-V, of course.  What PDT… Read more