Category: 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...

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...

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...

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...