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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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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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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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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