Enable and Activate TPM for BitLocker Pre-Provisioning in WinPE

I have to say this one caught me out. I’m just setting up a task sequence to deploy Windows 8 and pre-provision BitLocker (which is wicked fast by the way!) and got caught with enabling and activating the TPM from WinPE.  The solution I came up with works for me, on a Samsung Series 7…


Announcing System Center SP1, our UK MVPs

Last night we announced general availability of System Center 2012 SP1, it’s great, expansive product that is absolutely key to delivering your Private Cloud, Managing your Public cloud and managing the consumerisaiton of IT. You can get the trail VHDs at the bottom of this post or download the installers– go give it a try….

Error Code1 in Windows Update & 0x80004005 in ccmsetup.log

Today I’ve been playing with my System Center Configuration Manager SP1 lab and came across a very painful little bug.  A little searching and I came across this thread on the TechNet forums.  Essentially the problem I suddenly started having today, after it was working fine last week, was that my Config Manager client wasn’t…


Build and Capture Error codes with System Centre 2012 Configuration Manager

I’m currently spending some time build a test lab with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (CM12 or SCCM 2012 if you like to shorten it) and during a build and came across a couple of errors (0x80070002 and  during my first build and capture task sequence.  I thought I’d just quickly document…


Decks to download from UK TechDays Online

Last week Andrew and I presented a number of sessions at TechDays Online in the UK and we received numerous requests during the day to publish the decks so that people can peruse them at their leisure.  Well those decks are now here available for you to click through and download if you so wish….

Understanding Windows 7 Deployment Backwards

What was the last operating system you deployed?…I’ll bet it was Windows XP and I bet you needed a bunch of 3rd party tools and experienced tons of pain to get to the end point.   With the right (free) tools it’s really easy to deploy Windows 7 though and you can self select just how…

Wally Mead at WMUG London 1st Nov on SCOM 2007

One for all the deployment and SCOM geeks out there.  If you can’t make our Springboard Tour event at Microsoft’s campus in Reading then perhaps you can make an event in London (map, directions) with Wally Mead, Sr. Program Manager for Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 giving a presentation on ConfigMgr 2007 R3 and…

Thoughts on OpsMgr: SCOM Operators Basics SuperFlow

Last week this popped up in my twitter feed and I really think it’s worth of some link love, so that’s just what I’m doing.  Thoughts on OpsMgr: SCOM Operators Basics SuperFlow It’s on Maarten Goet’s blog, he’s a SCOM MVP and knows far too much about System Center Operations Manager.  The superflow tool he’s…