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MDT Monitoring Deep Dive IV – Sending more information 0

MDT Monitoring Deep Dive IV – Sending more information

In my post MDT Monitoring Deep Dive II – Consuming the data yourself, I showed you how you can write your own web service, that consumes the MDT monitoring information. The next thing we will cover is, how we can send even more information from MDT and also make use...

MDT Monitoring Deep Dive III – Returning settings to a Computer 1

MDT Monitoring Deep Dive III – Returning settings to a Computer

If you enable the MDT Monitoring, you also enable kind of a “hidden” feature, that will give you just another way of setting properties on computers that are being deployed. One of the most important tasks in MDT is the gather process. It collects information locally on the client computer...

MDT Deployment Wizard goes JQuery – Combining VBScript and JavaScript 1

MDT Deployment Wizard goes JQuery – Combining VBScript and JavaScript

As you are well aware, JavaScript is, what drives our current online world, make it more dynamic then ever. In opposite to this, VBScript is, what drives almost everything in MDT, giving us full flexibility in our deployments, no matter which version of Windows we are using it on. But...

MDT Monitoring – Deep Dive II – Consuming the data yourself 0

MDT Monitoring – Deep Dive II – Consuming the data yourself

As mentioned in my last post, MDT 2012 comes with an interesting monitoring option. It installs a web service, where events are being posted to and which the workbench queries to get the current status of all running and recently finished deployments. But as we also got aware, it’s posting...

MDT Monitoring – Deep Dive I 0

MDT Monitoring – Deep Dive I

The new monitoring feature is probably one of the most interesting and underestimated features of MDT 2012. In this version, its just some “initial” implementation, but it has great potential and in contrast to other custom extensions that have been available before, it’s tightly integrated and working out-of-the-box with support...

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...