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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...

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...

Deployment Web service 7.3 – SCCM Client Center support 2

Deployment Web service 7.3 – SCCM Client Center support

With the release of version 7.3 of the Deployment Webservice (Download) a completely new part has been added, integrating some functions of Roger Zanders awesome SCCM Client Center Automation library for Deployment usage. This library enables you to execute certain SCCM Client related task directly on a client like forcing...

Deployment Web service 7.3 – Basic security 0

Deployment Web service 7.3 – Basic security

With the updated Version 7.3 (Download) just being published, the growing number of available functions, covering more and more demands in todays deployments, it’s not only an advantage of having such a huge toolset available. In its default implementation, the Web Service is configured to execute actions under certain user...