Monthly Archives: April 2012

MDT PowerShell: New Module in MDT 2012

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 now comes with a PowerShell module in addition to the PSSnapIn used in previous versions. In earlier versions of PowerShell in order to start using the PowerShell cmdlets for MDT you would have to add the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 RTM now available

Today, Microsoft have released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012. I hosts a world of new features and improvements. My favourites are the ability to hide the GUI during deployments and the Validation check fix when deploying to Virtual Machines. You … Continue reading

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MDT Scripting: Using VBScript Expressions in customsettings.ini file

I received an email from one of my readers: I’m trying to deploy to a mixed physical / VM environment using the serial number for the OSDComputername. However, on my VMs (VM Ware) the VM serial number is full of … Continue reading

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TestLab: Network Design

When creating a test environment, one needs to spend some time pondering the design in order to avoid potential problems. One past networking issue I had was getting the internet into my labs without bleeding DHCP from my servers into … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Imaging to similar hardware

After a Sysprep operation, Hardware is detected and devices reinstall all their drivers. This behaviour is to by design and to be expected. In many scenarios however, you may not want this to happen. For example, when you create a … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Managing Answer Files

Microsoft Windows installation can be automated by the use of answer files. In previous editions, there was a Unattend.txt. These days the answer files are all xml based so you will need to author an Unattend.xml file. MDT takes the … Continue reading

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