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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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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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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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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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…

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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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