Author Archives: Andrew Barnes

About Andrew Barnes

A Scipting and Deployment Specialist.

The malware apocalypse for Windows XP begins in just 1 day! Or does it?

It doesn’t seem like 12 years since Windows XP and Office 2003 first arrived but now their time will draw closer to the end in less than 2 days. At this point Microsoft will drop Enterprise support for the products potentially … Continue reading

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LTI/ZTI Scripting: Add computer to an AD Group

I’m currently doing some intense SCCM 2012 training so I’ve not been posting or in the forums recently. I’ve still been responding to emails though. I received an email from a reader earlier this week. He wanted to add the … Continue reading

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Hotfix rollup released for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Big news in deployment right now. Microsoft has release a hotfix rollup is for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. So it’s kinda like Service Pack 1 and a half. There are 4 flavours 2008R2 Itanium/x64 and … Continue reading

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Deployment Terminology

There are a many terms used to describe the deployment of operating systems and its associated practices. Here are some of the most popular ones and an explanation of when to use them. Deployment. The process of applying operating system images to … Continue reading

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MDT: Refreshing computers with Static IP Addresses

No DHCP? No Problem In this scenario, you have a computer with static IP Address assignments that you wish to maintain during a REFRESH. There’s a Task Sequence step called Capture Network Settings. This runs the script ZTINICConfig.wsf that can … Continue reading

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MDT: Automating Static IP during Bare metal boot

No DHCP? No Problem In this scenario, the requirement is to boot a lite touch boot image with a static IP address, where is no DHCP available. You can use a custom answer file (unattend.xml) to configure your static IP settings … Continue reading

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MDT: Manually configure a Static IP Address during LTI Deployments

No DHCP? No Problem. Part 1. I’ve been working on the various methods of setting Static IP addresses during Lite Touch deployments and decided to space the articles out over the week. Today we’ll cover the easy ones. If you … Continue reading

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LTI/ZTI Deployments: Injecting drivers during deployment

One of the best reasons implementing MDT 2012 is the way it manages your drivers. I had a customer who was using WDS only for deploying their Windows 7 images. They told me that the deployment would halt for around … Continue reading

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MDT 2012: Skipping Deployment Wizard Panes

This is an updated version of the skipping deployment wizard pages table. This is one of the most popular articles on Scriptimus Ex Machina as it covers most of what is required to automate Lite Touch deployments. Readers use it as a … Continue reading

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MDT 2012: DomainOUs List

There’s a feature in MDT that displays a dropdown list of Domain OU’s in the Lite Touch deployment wizard. There are 2 ways to set it up. First, you can create a list of OU’s in the customsettings.ini by using … Continue reading

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