Category Archives: Deployment

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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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 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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MDT 2012: Missing network drivers during LTI boot

I was contacted last week by a former colleague who is just getting into MDT. He was missing drivers on one model and received this common error page during his boot sequence. Naturally, I had loads of resources to share but … Continue reading

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Test Lab: Base Configuration – Hydration Kit: Custom Default settings

When using the Test Lab:Base Configuration Hydration Kit, you may want to use your own custom domain and server names. After all, it’s your testlab and you might spend a considerable amount of time working there. It makes sense to … Continue reading

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Test Lab: Base Configuration – Hydration Kit released.

I’ve released my first Codeplex project today. It’s available at http://testlabhydrationkit.codeplex.com Hydration Kit – Test Lab: Base Configuration for Windows Server 2008 R2 The code is Microsoft Deployment Toolkit standalone media (Hydration Kit) that will configure each of the servers … Continue reading

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LTI/ZTI Deployments: Add roles and features

I had a post drafted on adding roles and features, to begin a series of posts on server role deployment. However, Michael Neihaus has been kind enough to write up a great article on his blog. You can read it … Continue reading

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MDT: Running a single PowerShell Cmdlet from a Task Sequence Step

Sometimes I want to perform small tasks that don’t really require a script creation. In those cases I use a Run Command Line task sequence step. It was always easy for cmd.exe and it’s just as easy for PowerShell.exe(once you … Continue reading

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