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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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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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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Multiple Partitions in BDD 2007

Have had a couple of requests to cover creating multiple partitions using BDD 2007. By default BDD 2007 creates a single partition (C:) that then builds out with your required OS and applications via the task sequencer. The partition and format information is not done by the unattend.xml file (WinPE section) as you might expect,…

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Useful Registry Changes During Build Creation/Image Deployment

As I have worked with different customers, a number of common requests often pop up for changes during build creation on deployment. For Windows XP deployment, I built up a library of VB scripts that carried out most of the customisations that I required (and were run either as part of the image creation process – using…

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Deployment 4 Beta 3 Released

The BDD team have announced that Deployment 4 (the code name for the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007) has been released as BETA 3 and unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment into a common deployment console and collection of guidance. Previously referenced as BDD.Next and Windows Server Deployment…

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Computer Name Selection in ZTI Deployments

I’ve been asked by a few people about the RequestComputerName.vbs script that i use in the ZTI configuration demo video posted earlier. The script prompts the technician for a computername at the start of the deployment process and stores it as an OSD variable (OSDNEWMACHINENAME) for use by the ZTI scripts. The VB script is…

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BDD Lite Touch and Zero Touch Lab Recommendations

So – I get asked a lot about how to set up a test lab or Proof of Concept environment for Lite Touch and Zero Touch. Working with my colleages in the MCS UK desktop team, specifically Mark Aslett and Adam Shepherd, we have developed a rough guide to a lab design that works for…

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Windows Vista Client Build and Deployment Process

I often get asked about the process I go through when working with clients on deployment projects – I find that building a corporate client image that meets the needs and requirements of a large organisation follows a distinct process. All aspects of the client and deployment design including hardware compatibility, user experience, look and feel,…

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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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