Plan for your upgrade/migration to Office 365 with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5

As Steve Ballmer regularly reminds us, we are “all in” with the cloud here at Microsoft.  On the Partner Services team, we regularly assist our Partners with migrating their customers to the cloud, whether it is e-mail to Office 365, managing clients with Windows Intune, or moving applications to Windows Azure. In order to successfully…


Operating System Deployment with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta

(Post courtesy Anil Malekani) A few days back, I configured OS deployment in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Beta 2 to deploy a Windows 7 Image, which I had captured using Configuration Manager 2007. It was all in a Hyper-V environment so no drivers were to be included in this scenario.  I wanted to share…

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Creating Task Sequence for Client OS migration (From Windows XP to Windows 7)

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 allows you to customize your automated deployment tasks by using Task Sequences. Task Sequences provide the mechanism for performing multiple steps or tasks on a client computer at the command-line level without requiring user intervention. The power of task sequences lies in their flexibility and administrators can use these to…

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User State Migration Package creation for Operating System Deployment

The User State Migration Tool (USMT) allows you to migrate user settings and data between computers during operating system deployment. When deploying operating systems with System Center Configuration Manager 2007  (SCCM), you must use USMT functionalities whenever saving users’ settings and documents is a requirement. In order to do so, USMT must be configured as…