Office Customization without VL Media

Over the years I have written quite a bit about Desktop Deployment, especially using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). It allows us to install not only our operating system but also our drivers, patches, and applications with little or no user interaction. Recently I did some consulting for a small company of seven users. They… Continue reading Office Customization without VL Media

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

Command Line Switches

One of the skills that you will need to know to be good at Desktop Deployment using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT 2010) is the ability to discover and maintain a list of command line switches that you use frequently.  At the request of some of my students, I am going to post a few of… Continue reading Command Line Switches

End of Days for Windows XP.

Quite a number of people have asked me why I continue to tweet the number of days until Microsoft ends support for one of it's most successful operating systems ever, Windows XP.  Especially knowing that we seem to be a long way off - today is Friday August 12, 2011 and we are 969 days… Continue reading End of Days for Windows XP.

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

Get on the Bus!

For the third year in a row the Springboard Bus Tour will hit the road leading up to TechEd.  If you have never met the bus you are missing out, because it delivers expert advice, great learning, and huge career benefits to IT Pros.  It delivers answers to questions you may have been having about… Continue reading Get on the Bus!

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!

Creating a Bootable USB Key

It seems that some of my articles got chopped during the move to WordPress.  Doh!  Here are the simple instructions to create a bootable USB key: Open a Command Prompt session with Administrator privileges. Run the Disk Partition utility (diskpart.exe) Type List Disk to see a list of drives on your computer.  Determine which is… Continue reading Creating a Bootable USB Key

Mitch Visits One Police Plaza

A couple of weeks ago one attendee was a detective with the NYPD, and he offered to take me behind the scenes at One Police Plaza so that I could take a look at a few of the units that use information technology (IT) for a lot more than just paperwork and filing. I had… Continue reading Mitch Visits One Police Plaza

Troubleshooting MDT Scripts

I have a Windows 7 Deployment Point DVD that I created using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 for a client, and it has been a godsend during the past ten days.  Because the client wants to make copies to send to their remote locations around the country, I spent a couple of hours scripting as… Continue reading Troubleshooting MDT Scripts