Windows Vista Deployment Planning – Part 1

As promises – I will start to deep dive into the areas that I consider when working with clients on Windows Vista deployment projects…in Windows Vista Client Build and Deployment Process, I presented the diagram used when scoping deployment projects, so in this post I’ll start discussing the process in more detail – starting with…

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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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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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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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User Account Control – What you need to know from a deployment perspective

I’ve had a couple of emails from people attempting to use their own admin accounts to carry out the build process and hitting User Account Control (UAC) issues. User Account Control is a core security feature of Windows Vista that fundamentally changes the way users will use the operating system.  By default UAC helps protect…


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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