OS Deployment

Coming soon: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 1!


New features include support for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012, an improved Lite Touch user experience, and more!

  • Visit the MDT home page and subscribe to the news feed to be notified when he beta is available for download (releasing in early June).

Source: Microsoft Solution Accelerators May Newsletter!

USMT 4.0 Hotfix: Support for Office 2010


Earlier this year Microsoft released an update to USMT 4.0, adding support for Office 2010 and a few other minor updates:

  • The XML rules included in the default Migapp.xml file are updated to include new rules that support migrating Office 2010 application settings.
  • Changes that resolve an issue that creates many temporary files, that does not correctly remove the temporary files in a hard-link migration, and that causes poor LoadState performance.
  • An issue that prevents migration in certain time zones is corrected.

You can download the update from Here.

Run Command Line in Task Sequence for a 64-bit OS


When running certain applications and commands through the “Run Command Line” task sequence in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 for a 64-bit Operating System you might find that the task will fail. This is true for applications that don’t fully support 64-bit mode. Some commands are not available by default when running in 32-bit mode, for example “manage-bde.exe” or “winsat.exe.

To work around this issue, simply disable the “64-bit file system redirection” in the task sequence when running such applications or commands.

Undocumented Properties in MDT 2010 Update 1


Mikael Nyström (aka The Deployment Bunny), has a new blog post on some of the undocumented Properties in MDT 2010 Update 1. Read the full blog post here.

Once again, at 33000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean on my way back from TechEd NA in Atlanta I started to think about all the different properties in MDT 2010 Update 1 that I use which are not really documented, trust me there are “some”. Some of them is, well, not really so useful, but some of them I really use and so should you. So this post is solely made for the purpose of giving you the same “relaxed” life that I have. Hmm, that did not More >

Creating a fully-patched image using MDT 2010 Lite Touch


Michael Niehaus has a new post on how to create a fully patched image using MDT 2010 Lite Touch. Read the full post here.

I’ve always been a fan of the thinnest image possible. Taking that to an extreme, that means using the original image straight off the Microsoft media. But over time if you did this you’d find that the time required to apply patches to that image becomes unmanageable. (Case in point: I started up a new laptop for the first time with an OEM-installed image that had hooks to require all patches be applied before first logon. It took three hours for that to happen.)

I’ve also More >

OSD: Change Volume Name


Lets say you need to change/rename the volume name of the C: drive to the computername, as part of your OS deployment Task Sequence. This script will help you do that:

strComputer = <span class="str">"."</span> <span class="kwrd">Set</span> WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject(<span class="str">"WScript.Network"</span>) <span class="kwrd">Set</span> objWMIService = GetObject(<span class="str">"winmgmts:"</span> _ &amp; <span class="str">"{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\"</span> &amp; strComputer &amp; <span class="str">"rootcimv2"</span>) <span More >

Enable AERO on Windows 7 64-bit systems during OS Deployment using Configuration Manager


If you wish to deploy Windows 7 32-bit using Configuration Manager, and you need to enable AERO during deployment, you needs to add a “Run Command Line” step to the Task Sequence with the following command:

WinSAT.exe formal

If you do the same while deploying Windows 7 64-bit, the step will fail. The is due to the File System  Redirector, and the fact that the Tack Sequence is running in 32-bit context.

To workaround this minor issue, make sure that you select Disable 64-bit file system redirection, on this step.

How to change the default BitLocker encryption method and cipher strength when using the Enable BitLocker task in ConfigMgr 2007


By default, the "Enable BitLocker" task of a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Task Sequence defaults to an encryption method and cipher strength of "AES 128-bit with Diffuser". However, the "Enable BitLocker" task does not have any way of changing from the default encryption method and cipher strength to any of the other options:

AES 256-bit with Diffuser AES 128-bit AES 256-bit

Normally the BitLocker encryption method and cipher strength is controlled by Group Policy. This policy can be found in the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) under the following node:

Computer More >

Exploring the User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) 4.0


Richard Smith has created a great video on how to get started with USMT 4.0.

View the video online here:

About this Video

User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 is a scriptable command-line tool that provides a highly-customizable user-profile migration experience for IT professionals. USMT includes two components, ScanState and LoadState, and a set of modifiable .xml files: MigApp.xml, MigUser.xml, and MigDocs.xml. In addition, you can create custom .xml files to support your migration needs. You can also create a Config.xml file to specify files or settings to exclude from the migration. In More >

P2V Migration adds documentation and support of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Zero Touch Installation!


What is better than spending a moment to kick off a completely automated process to redeliver an existing operating system as a virtual machine within a new build of Windows 7?

Answer: Making the entire process "zero touch" without necessitating a visit to the target computer or manually initiating the migration!

P2V Migration for Software Assurance can now be implemented using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment as well as native Lite Touch Installation with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. Computer refresh, replace and restore task sequence templates More >

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