The Last Post…!

I am sad to say that this is my last post to my personal blog site – but don’t worry I’ve become part of something bigger and better. Myself and my fellow individual Microsoft Deployment blogger’s have been thinking for a while that there are so many different blogs out there with useful deployment information –…

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Useful Script Number 1 – Start and Stop Services

So over the next few weeks, I will be presenting a mini series of scripts that may useful in your deployments. All of the scripts will be BDD/MDT specific – meaning that they can be run from the task sequencer and will have the correct format for using the BDD/MDT framework for logging/utilities etc. The…

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The Deployment Guys blog has landed

What is The Deployment Guys blog? "The Deployment Guys" is a blog focused on deployment. "The Deployment Guys" is a combined effort. There are many different blogs out there including this one with useful deployment information. This is great but it can be difficult to keep track of them all… there must be a better…

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GUI Interface for USMT

Dan Cunningham has written a GUI wrapper for the User State Migration Tool (USMT) In Dan’s interface, USMT provides the logic and mechanisms for the actual capture / restore process, but because USMT is entirely command-line, Dan decided to set about creating a .NET-based wrapper for it to simplify data capture/restore. Here’s some of the…

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powercfg – Useful if you know the GUIDS!

So I have been doing some work with powercfg – and found it a very useful tool for scripting power management options during builds. This command utility is installed with Windows Vista and you can use it to control power settings and configure computers to default to Hibernate or Standby modes. The following command-line options…

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System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit released

For those that haven’t seen it , we have just released the SCCM 2007 Toolkit for download. This excellent toolkit contains: Client Spy – A tool to help troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on Configuration Manager 2007 clients. Policy Spy – A policy viewer to help review and troubleshoot the…

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Windows Vista Deployment Planning – Part 3

In Windows Vista Client Build and Deployment Process, I presented the diagram that I use when scoping deployment projects, so in this post I’ll continue discussing the process in more detail – previous posts have covered Infrastructure Prerequisites and Client requirements. In part 3 of this series, I will consider Application Compatibility. Before starting down the…

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Moving from RIS to Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

I wanted to point you in the direction of a document that helps with moving from Remote Installation Services (RIS) to Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Windows Server 2003. Many of the clients that I consult for are big RIS users, so this whitepaper has been especially useful in recent months as they have moved to…

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Microsoft Product Evals on Virtual Hard Disk

I am often asked why deployment is such a great place to work as a consultant and I usually answer by saying that deployment (both client and server) touches all aspects of the infrastructure and therefore you need a knowledge across many products. All though I think this is a great thing – it also means that…

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Microsoft Deployment Released

The first release of Microsoft Deployment is now available. This release marks the first in a series of three Microsoft Deployment releases planned between now and Summer 2008. It focuses on integration with new deployment features in Configuration Manager 2007 as well as features and guidance to support server deployment. Future updates to Microsoft Deployment…

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