How drivers are added to Windows PE and Windows Vista during an unattended installation

My MCS colleague and top deployment gent – Mark Aslett has put together a handy process list for how device drivers are added to Windows PE and Windows Vista during deployment. The example below assumes than an unattend.xml file is being used to specify the location of drivers in both the windowsPE pass and the offlineServicing pass of the…

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Adding Dynamic OEM Information to a BDD 2007 Build

My colleague in MCS UK, Adam Shepherd has come up with a solution to dynamically set the machine and model information in the Windows Vista System Properties as part of the build process… the System properties page can be used to show OEM type information as well as support phone numbers and links. The section…


General Purpose CustomSettings.ini

One thing that seems to stump a number of people with BDD 2007 is using the CustomSettings.ini file (accessible via the Rules tab) to automate the deployment wizards. The usual issues are around differing language settings for Windows XP and Windows Vista, as well as turning off and on the relevant wizards. The customsettings.ini file…

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WMI Tags for Task Sequencer Logic

One of the things that I am often required to obtain for customers are certain WMI tags so that we can write task sequence IF statements and provide the build process with some logic. Gathering these WMI tags can be tricky, so we put together a VB Script to pull out the 10 most popular items and…