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Johan Arwidmark


Final Configuration for MDT 2013 Lite Touch, now with Autologon support

By Johan Arwidmark / November 15, 2013

Some times you want to execute a script after the MDT 2013 Task Sequence is completed, for example to cleanup any setup leftovers or to configure a user for autologon (something that MDT by default prevents). Note: This also works in later MDT versions. This script will clean out any leftover C:\MININT or C:\_SMSTaskSequence folders, […]


Modifying backup plan fails on SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU3

By Johan Arwidmark / November 8, 2013

Earlier this week I run into an issue tying to modify a SQL Server 2012 backup plan for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1. Creating the backup plan had worked just fine, but trying to modify it failed. Modifying the SQL Backup plan for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3 (version 11.0.3349). The failure When selecting Modify on the backup […]


Speeding up the 1E PXE Lite boot process

By Johan Arwidmark / November 8, 2013

This week I had the great fortune of hanging out with fellow MVP Dave Kawula and OSD guru Emile Cabot during the #OSDWeek in Calgary. Yesterday we installed and configured the 1E PXE Lite software that allows normal Windows clients act as PXE servers for ConfigMgr 2012. Though it worked perfectly well, I thought the […]


Install an MDT application, but only if machine is domain joined

By Johan Arwidmark / October 30, 2013

Earlier today I got an email from a fellow deployment geek struggling with getting a VBScript application wrapper for MDT to work. He wanted to install the app, but only of the machine was joined to the domain. Now, if you review the ZTIDomainJoin.wsf script, you find a ready-made function to do just that, the […]


Always up-to-date links to MDT and ConfigMgr (SCCM) trainings

By Johan Arwidmark / October 28, 2013

Why not indulge yourself with a Hands-On-Lab training on MDT and/or ConfigMgr. On our training page you find up-to-date links to trainings from word-class training providers like TrueSec. The trainings are presented by some of the best MDT and ConfigMgr gurus in the world. Me presenting a deployment session in Stockholm earlier this year. 🙂 […]


A Geeks Guide for upgrading to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and MDT 2013

By Johan Arwidmark / October 27, 2013

In this post you learn to upgrade an existing ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and MDT 2012 Update 1 environment to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and MDT 2013. Known issues Before diving into the guide, please note that you need to install the KB2905002 hotfix if you want to do OSD in ConfigMgr 2012 R2. The hotfix solves […]


Windows XP SP3 support in ConfigMgr 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / October 22, 2013

There are many posts in the forums about Windows XP support in ConfigMgr 2012 R2. Windows XP SP3 is still a supported as a ConfigMgr 2012 R2 client, and both ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 CU3 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 can deploy everything from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 However, to deploy Windows XP SP3 with either […]


Sizing your ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Primary Site Server

By Johan Arwidmark / October 22, 2013

Getting the right server configuration for your ConfigMgr 2012 R2 environment is far from an exact science, but with a few simply tests you can at least get an idea if you’re dead wrong, or still on track… As you probably know, ConfigMgr 2012 requires a lot more CPU and memory than ConfigMgr 2007 ever did, but the key bottleneck is most often Disk I/O.


Windows ADK 8.1 Re-Released

By Johan Arwidmark / October 21, 2013

On October 17, 2013 the Windows ADK 8.1 was re-released. Update #1 October 21, 2013: Record speed update from the Windows documentation team, see the Windows ADK service updates section here : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/hh825613.aspx Update #2 October 21, 2013:  Michael Niehaus also wrote a post today: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2013/10/21/the-adk-for-windows-8-1-has-been-updated.aspx I could not find any announcement about the release, […]


The Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 is available for download

By Johan Arwidmark / October 19, 2013

NOTE: This Hydration kit has been updated, you probably want to use this one instead:The Hydration Kit for System Center 2012 R2 is available for downloadhttps://deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/149/The-Hydration-Kit-for-System-Center-2012-R2-is-available-for-download.aspx Here is a download that builds a complete Configuration Manager 2012 R2 infrastructure, running on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 SP1, in either Hyper-V or VMware. […]


MDT Lite Touch Driver Management

By Johan Arwidmark / October 11, 2013

In MDT Lite Touch, there are two types of drivers to worry about when deploying Windows. There are drivers for Windows PE (the boot image) and there are drivers for the Windows Operating System that you deploy. Driver management for the boot image is pretty straight , but driver management for the Operating Systems that […]


Creating a dual-boot WinPE 5.0 boot image (x86 and x64 support)

By Johan Arwidmark / September 26, 2013

Earlier this afternoon I got a question in my YouTube channel, where a fellow deployment geek wanted to know if it was possible to create a WinPE image that had support for both x86 and x64 boot images. E.g. a dual-boot boot image (my own wording). My first thought was to respond and say: No […]


Back to basics – Understanding Unattend.xml automation in Windows 7

By Johan Arwidmark / September 10, 2013

Article originally posted on https://deployvista.com, my previous blog. First If your goal is to very quickly have a nice fully automated Windows 7 setup, including drivers, application etc. – This article is not for you. If that's your goal, you should download the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and use that as your deployment solution. […]


Fixing running ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 reports in a web browser

By Johan Arwidmark / August 24, 2013

Earlier today a ConfigMgr Admin reached out for help regarding their reports in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1. They could run the reports fine from within the ConfigMgr console, but when they tried to view them in the web browser, they got the error: "The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send." Investigation […]


Creating the MDT 2012/2013 Deployment share using PowerShell

By Johan Arwidmark / August 9, 2013

Here is a quick PowerShell example that shows you how to create a deployment share using PowerShell. For those of you that are MDT savvy, you know that MDT has a View Script button option that allow you to see what PowerShell commands that MDT executes. Unfortunately, MDT sometimes lies to you, and the workbench […]


Adding Internet Explorer 10 to your Windows 7 SP1 reference image

By Johan Arwidmark / July 26, 2013

Internet Explorer 10 was released for Windows 7 in February 2013, and like the previous versions you can create a customized IE 10 application using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK). You then configure MDT to install that application as part of your reference image build. Here is a guide that walk you trough the […]

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