Kategorie: MDT

New features in MDT 2012 – Download files from the internet 0

New features in MDT 2012 – Download files from the internet

Sometimes it would be nice to be able to download some files from the internet or intranet during deployments. Maybe to get some updated tools like bginfo.exe or store some configuration or wizard files outside of your boot image etc. This is quite easy to achieve for files that are...

Handling lists in MDT web service calls – Adding Computers / Users to Active Directory groups 0

Handling lists in MDT web service calls – Adding Computers / Users to Active Directory groups

A common question if it comes to deployments is, how to add a computer (or user) to one or several Active Directory groups. As you probably know, I generally prefer using web services for any Active Directory related task, as this avoids a lot of typical issues like permission problems,...

Offline Domain Join with MDT 0

Offline Domain Join with MDT

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 come with a new feature called “Offline Domain Join”. With this, you get the possibility to join a computer or member server to the domain, even if that computer/server currently isn’t connected to the domain. Why would I need that, you might ask....

Extending the MDT Documentation – Some goodies from ZTIUtility.vbs – String and File handling 2

Extending the MDT Documentation – Some goodies from ZTIUtility.vbs – String and File handling

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit comes with a pretty extensive and almost complete documentation, which is even more remarkable, as it’s a free tool. But even this almost complete documentation, it’s lacking some information that might be helpful for some of you. I’ll start with two things that are available in...

Publishing ZTICustomConfiguration.wsf – a script to solve some common tasks in MDT Deployments 0

Publishing ZTICustomConfiguration.wsf – a script to solve some common tasks in MDT Deployments

There are a couple things, that are quite common in most deployments. Very often you need to delete a couple files, copy some folders, remove or update some registry keys, maybe update a XML or INI file etc. What a lot of people typically do is to write some kind...

Searching for Drivers in MDT 0

Searching for Drivers in MDT

Today I had an interesting question. Someone wanted to be able to see all the PnP IDs of the imported drivers so he could easily check if a specific device was already supported. While this information is available in the properties of each driver, its not shown in a column...

MDT Web FrontEnd Beta 2.0.2 published – Call for Help ! 0

MDT Web FrontEnd Beta 2.0.2 published – Call for Help !

I just released Beta 2.0.2 of the MDT Web FrontEnd. As promised, I will keep on publishing new releases in short cycles, so you can have bug fixes and new features as soon as possible. This it going to be a very important update and I urge you to download...

TechNet Radio Interview 0

TechNet Radio Interview

I recently had an interview with John Baker for TechNet Radio which has just been published. Check it out at http://bit.ly/mMBOr8. Thanks to John Baker and Chris Caldwell for taking the time.  At the end there is a demo of the new version 2 of the MDT Web FrontEnd and...

New Stuff in MDT 2012 – native VHD support 0

New Stuff in MDT 2012 – native VHD support

As probably most of you have seen already, the Beta 1 of the upcoming MDT 2012 has been published to connect (Download link) recently (Announcement by Michael Niehaus). Main intent for this update is enabling support for the upcoming ConfigMgr 2012. But the team also included a couple other updates...

Implementing a (very) simple Maintenance mode in MDT Litetouch 3

Implementing a (very) simple Maintenance mode in MDT Litetouch

While preparing for a session about MDT enhancements at the MMS 2011 (find the video at DeploymentResearch), Mikael Nyström had a very interesting idea for a web service demo. The idea was to implement something simple that allows to set a single or all locations into some kind of “Maintenance...