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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