End Of Days 2003: The End is Nigh!

In a couple of days we will be saying goodbye to 2014 and ringing in the New Year 2015.  Simple math should show you that if you are still running Windows Server 2003, it is long since time to upgrade.  However here’s more: When I was a Microsoft MVP, and then when I was a … Continue reading End Of Days 2003: The End is Nigh!

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The Kobayashi Maru of Desktop Deployment

A couple of years ago I was asked to write an article on desktop deployment.  Back then Windows 7 was reasonably new, and there was a lot of chatter about the fact that you could not upgrade from a Windows XP machine directly to Windows 7. Recently a lot of people have asked me about … Continue reading The Kobayashi Maru of Desktop Deployment

Windows 8: Keeping it Clean!

While I am usually fond of the extra apps that Microsoft puts into Windows 8, I know that for most IT environments they will be more of a hassle than anything.  The following is the PowerShell script that Ben Hunter (SOLUTION ARCHITECT, Desktop – Microsoft Corp.) uses to remove the built-in applications.  Of course, you … Continue reading Windows 8: Keeping it Clean!

Fair Winds and Following Seas…

For the last seven years I have been in awe of Michael Niehaus and the work that he has done on Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (nee Business Desktop Deployment).  When I met him five years ago I was in awe, and am glad to have had the opportunity to get to know him over the past … Continue reading Fair Winds and Following Seas…

Everything you Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment!

For those of you who are interested in deploying Windows (and with 707 days left until #EndOfDaysXP who isn’t?) there are a couple of incredible webinars coming up that you definitely should not miss!  Stephen Rose will be holding a couple of discussions with MDT Product Manager Michael Niehaus (if you have ever heard me … Continue reading Everything you Wanted to Know and Ask about Windows Deployment!

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Released!

Today at MMS Microsoft released MDT 2012. MDT 2012 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2012 supports deployment of Windows 7, Office 2010 and 365, and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, … Continue reading Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Released!

Mastering Windows 7 Deployment–a Review

This week I was teaching the Deploying the Optimized Desktop class for the Microsoft Partner Network, and one of my students asked me if there was a good book on the Windows Automated Installation Kit.  While I am not aware of a book specific to that product, I told them about the book Mastering Windows … Continue reading Mastering Windows 7 Deployment–a Review

Windows MultiPoint Server 2011: The future of the classroom and so much more!

One of the things I love about coming to events like TechEd is that I am able to see and learn about new products, as well as meet new friends and reconnect with old ones.  On the second day of TechEd 2011 I had the opportunity to do all three simultaneously!  I interviewed Dean Paron … Continue reading Windows MultiPoint Server 2011: The future of the classroom and so much more!

The Wonder that is TechEd

The quiet of the Exhibitor Hall is disturbed by the sounds of preparation.  To my left there is a crew frantically working to fix something with a carpet.  There is some hammering, more yammering, and the sounds of carpet tape being unfurled. To my right there are two security agents talking, but they are too … Continue reading The Wonder that is TechEd

Creating a Multi-OS Deployment Point with MDT!

Hey folks, I know for months you’ve been on me because the screen shots in my Multi-OS Deployment Share post were lost. Today I am glad to say that I have created a video of it for the DPE team, and am glad to share it with you here! Remember, this video creates the deployment … Continue reading Creating a Multi-OS Deployment Point with MDT!

The Student Has Become The Master!

Monday evening I attended the monthly user group meeting of the Wellington Waterloo IT Pro User Group (http://www.wwitpro.com/) in Kitchener, Ontario.  The topic for the evening was called Windows 7 Deployment as presented by Sean Kearney (yes, THE Sean Kearney, a.k.a. The Energized Tech, a.k.a. (the former) Friday Funny Guy!) from SWMI Consulting Group and … Continue reading The Student Has Become The Master!

A Do-it-Yourself SWMI? No sweat!

Ok, let's be honest.  We all know that we need to secure our Active Directory infrastructures, but many of us are not entirely sure how.  You may even know that Group Policy is a great tool to do it centrally, but with literally thousands of Group Policy settings available in Windows Server 2008 R2, where … Continue reading A Do-it-Yourself SWMI? No sweat!