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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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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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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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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