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Querying the MDT Database with PowerShell – by Joseph Moody

By Johan Arwidmark / July 26, 2013

This post was contributed by Joseph Moody from http://deployhappiness.com ——- When I first discovered the MDT database, I was immediately impressed by the power. Instead of having to support multiple task sequences or not skipping certain items in my CustomSettings.ini, I could let the MDT database dynamically assign settings. As my organization relied on the […]

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Tiered storage in Windows Server 2012 R2

By Johan Arwidmark / July 22, 2013

A bit nerdy maybe, but the fact that Windows Server 2012 R2 detects the server grade SSD's and creates a two-tier storage solutions is nothing short of shiny! This is a screenshot from configuring storage one of our Hyper-V hosts running Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview.

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The Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Preview is available for download

By Johan Arwidmark / July 6, 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.aspxHere is a download that builds a complete Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Preview infrastructure, running on Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 SP1, in either Hyper-V or VMware. Note: […]

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Using PowerShell scripts with MDT

By Johan Arwidmark / July 4, 2013

For the last ten years or so, VB Script wrappers have been popular due to the fact they have been available by default in the platforms. Now, in a time where most companies deploy either Windows 7 or Windows 8, there are other options, like PowerShell (PowerShell is King!).

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What’s really new in MDT 2013 preview!

By Johan Arwidmark / June 26, 2013

Earlier today the MDT 2013 preview was released on Microsoft Connect. So what's really new in this release? First of all, Ronni Pedersen blogged about some of the changes during TechEd in New Orleans. You find his full blog post here: http://www.ronnipedersen.com/2013/06/microsoft-deployment-toolkit-2013-overview. Shorthand from Ronni's blog is that MDT 2013 preview adds support for the […]

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Fix monitoring in MDT 2012 Update 1 (and MDT 2013 preview)

By Johan Arwidmark / June 26, 2013

When enabling the (great) monitoring feature in MDT you create a service that runs in the background. However, if you have a C:\Temp folder on your server (only then), that service will start to log a lot of information to C:\Temp\WCF.log. 5 GB per day has been reported. My recommendation is (thanks to Anders Ahl […]

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What is New in Windows ADK for Windows 8.1

By Johan Arwidmark / June 5, 2013

Here is a quick summary of the changes in Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1. Both MDT 2013 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 requires Windows ADK for Windows 8.1. Windows ADK 8.1 is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982 Note: If you try to run the adksetup.exe to download Windows ADK 8.1 on […]

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TechEd WCA-B305 – VBScript and PowerShell wrappers for MDT / ConfigMgr

By Johan Arwidmark / June 3, 2013

Here are the sample VBScript and PowerShell wrappers / scripts I was using in the Building the Perfect Windows 8 Image (WCA-B305) session at TechEd 2013 in New Orleans. Download Link The download contains script for: Installing Visual C++ 2012 runtime (VBScript) Create Subnets (PowerShell) Create new Virtual Machines, deploy them, and delete them (PowerShell) […]

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TechEd 2013 NA PRC05 and scripts

By Johan Arwidmark / June 2, 2013

Here are the slides and scripts from the PRC05 (Simplify and Maximize System Management with Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 – Configuration Manager: Notes from the Field) Download the slides Download the scripts Thanks for attending, Johan and Kent

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Videos from MMS 2013

By Johan Arwidmark / April 20, 2013

A once again, a fantastic MMS has ended. During MMS 2013 I presented 7 breakout sessions (plus one Birds of a Feather session). One of the sessions was co-presented with the ConfigMgr MVP (now named Enterprise Client Management) brain trust: Kent Agerlund, Sherry Kissinger, Brian Mason, Kim Oppalfens, Greg Ramsey, Jason Sandys, and Steve Thompson, […]

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Wohoo! – CMTrace included in ConfigMgr 2012 Toolkit SP1

By Johan Arwidmark / January 11, 2013

Today is a good day for all MDT 2010/2012 admins. CMTrace.exe is included in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Toolkit. You don't need to get the full ConfigMgr 2012 software to find a new log viewer for the MDT log files (of course good old Trace32.exe still works, but does not exist publicly in x64 version). Note: […]

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The Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 (with Windows Server 2012 / SQL Server 2012) is available for download

By Johan Arwidmark / January 1, 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 for deploying a complete ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 infrastructure running on Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 in either Hyper-V or VMware: One Domain Controller […]

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Using DaRT 8 and MDT 2012 Update 1 Monitoring with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta

By Johan Arwidmark / November 30, 2012

When integrating MDT 2012 Update 1 with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta (which you should, Capish!) you can enable its monitoring capabilities also for ConfigMgr 2012 OS Deployment. If you have access to DaRT 8 you can remote into WinPE when deploying the machines, great for troubleshooting. Enable Monitoring in Deployment Workbench To install the web […]

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