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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Microsoft Deployment RC1 Released

Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) is now Microsoft Deployment! The RC1 release and new name for the fourth generation deployment Solution Accelerator, Microsoft Deployment is available from today.  Previous Beta releases have been using the code name “Deployment 4” to refer to Microsoft Deployment before the name was finalised. Microsoft Deployment is the next version of…

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Deployment 4 – Using Your BDD 2007 Task Sequences as Templates

So – Deployment 4 Beta 3 – very cool indeed…but I bet your thinking “how can I use the task sequences that I built in BDD 2007 as templates in Deployment 4 Beta 3?” – well that’s a good question. Deployment 4 Beta 3 stores it’s task sequence templates in the Program Files\Deployment 4\Templates folder and come…

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Disabling the Network Location Prompt

Over the past few months, many of the clients I have been working with have started deploying Windows Vista into their environment. One thing that commonly crops up is that the Windows Vista Network Location prompt fires up on all newly built machines asking for the network type that the machine is connected to (Home,…

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New Deployment Forum Site…

Deployment Forum is a new community Web site devoted to IT professionals deploying Windows. Myself and fellow MCS blogger Ben Hunter, as well as MCS architect Steve Campbell have taken up residency in the MVP section with a selection of the industry’s best deployment specialists and we will all be adding content to the Deployment Forum. The site…

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