Monthly Archives: July 2011

MDT Scripting: Handling Files

I’ve always wanted to blog about undocumented features and today’s that day. Recently, I’ve been demonstrating how you can save time on scripting by using the various classes in the ZTIUtility.vbs when creating your custom deployment scripts. However, there’s no … Continue reading

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MDT Scripting: Managing Log Files

During deployments, MDT has a powerful logging process. All the logs generated are in a format similar to SCCM so you can use the Trace32 tool to view the log files in a GUI. Your custom scripts will generate individual log files … Continue reading

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MDT Scripting: Managing Environment Variables – Part 2

Continuing with the ZTIUtility Environment Class. I again will assume you have read my getting started article here or have basic knowledge of MDT scripting. This class is used for collecting or changing properties gathered by MDT. You can produce … Continue reading

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MDT Scripting: Managing Environment Variables – Part 1

Continuing my scripting series, the ZTIUtility.vbs file has a massive list of functions that can be used to save you the work of creating scripts from scratch. Used in combination with the MDT Template Script you can knock up a … Continue reading

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MDT Scripting: Hello World

This is a simplified version of my Zero-Touch/Lite-Touch scripting guide. MDT Scripts call functions(smaller script routines) from another script called ZTIUtility.vbs. There is a template that takes care of the connections to make life even easier. In short it’s a 2 … Continue reading

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MDT Scripting: Installing an application

Despite the name of the blog, so far I’ve done very little in the way of actual scripting so its not a wonder some of my readers think that this is just an MDT blog. The fact is I intend … Continue reading

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MDT Scripting: Creating custom scripts Getting Started

Although MDT is very powerful, there will still be times when dealing with complex tasks that you will require a custom script. Fortunately you can use your own custom VB scripts in MDT as a task sequence step by calling … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: ZTIGather.xml

I keep meeting admins who write scripts for MDT that they don’t have to. For example, a script that returns the MAC address of the primary network adapter. The real issue here is not knowing what information MDT collects(Gathers). There’s … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Variables.DAT

I’ve withdrawn todays blog and replaced it as I was exhausted yesterday and pushed out my article incomplete. What I wanted to share was an easy and quick way to access all the variables collected in your deployment. I’ll republish … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: BGInfo in WinPE

One thing that I always wanted was to get a BGInfo background in WindowsPE during my Lite-Touch deployments. I did it a while back during a phase of testing when I just wanted to start-up a PC and see if it had obtained an … Continue reading

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