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Johan Arwidmark


Going Production – Deploy Windows 8 using MDT 2012 Update 1

By Johan Arwidmark / August 19, 2012

Windows 8 RTM is now available and so is the deployment solution to deploy it. As of this writing (August 19, 2012) MDT 2012 Update 1 is the only deployment solution by Microsoft that supports deploying the final version of Windows 8. The other deployment solution Microsoft has, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, will not […]


The Drivers Saga continues – How to Master Drivers in ConfigMgr 2012

By Johan Arwidmark / August 4, 2012

A new chapter in the driver's saga has been written; this time it will teach you how to master drivers in ConfigMgr 2012. Update 2012-09-01: Also see this post:Migrating unsupported driver packages from ConfigMgr 2007 to supported packages in ConfigMgr 2012 Background story: Since the release of ConfigMgr 2007 I have recommended taking control of […]


Sign your unsigned drivers – Damn It

By Johan Arwidmark / June 8, 2012

For a driver to be ranked correctly by the windows 7 setup it should be signed, and for Windows 7 x64 deployments it really needs to be signed. Here is an article on how to sign a driver for Windows 7 for testing.


The Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 RTM is available for download

By Johan Arwidmark / April 17, 2012

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 download

Here is a download for deploying a complete ConfigMgr 2012 RTM infrastructure in either Hyper-V or VMware: One Domain Controller and one ConfigMgr 2012 RTM member server – Including pre-requisites like .Net Framework, SQL 2008 R2 SP1 CU6 (or higher) and IIS – all fully automated.

Once configured, the total build time for the full ConfigMgr 2012 RTM lab environment is about 1.5 hours (on my laptop).

Download the Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 RTM (315 kb).

Update 2012-05-11: The Hydration Kit has been updated to support the new SQL Server 2008 requirements for ConfigMgr 2012 that were published April 16, 2012

Update 2012-09-20: The Hydration Kit has been updated to support MDT 2012 Update …

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