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Deployment Web service 7.3 – Basic security

August 30, 2011

With the updated Version 7.3 ( Download ) just being published, the growing number of available functions, covering more and more demands in todays deployments, it’s not only an advantage of having such a huge toolset available. In its default implementation, the Web Service is configured to execute actions under certain user account. While this makes it pretty easy to troubleshoot and verify the functions are working, everyone with access to this web service will now be able to execute actions,...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , ,

Deployment Web service – Version 7.3 published

August 30, 2011

Today I published version 7.3 of the Deployment web service. Beside some small bug fixes and minor additions, three new features have been added: 1. SCCM Client Center support A completely new web service part has been added that’s exposing a couple of functions (55 to be accurate) from the SCCM Client Center automation library written by Roger Zander , giving the possibility to execute certain tasks on a client like pushing Software updates, refreshing the machine policy etc. A full list of functions...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , ,

New Stuff in MDT 2012 – native VHD support

June 13, 2011

As probably most of you have seen already, the Beta 1 of the upcoming MDT 2012 has been published to connect ( Download link ) recently ( Announcement by Michael Niehaus ). Main intent for this update is enabling support for the upcoming ConfigMgr 2012. But the team also included a couple other updates into this release like a “prettier” wizard, Cross-Platform support , etc. However some of the bigger changes “under the hood” did happen on the part that handles all drive and disk related activities...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , ,

Easily access information from any database and publish it via a web service – Part 2 – The Web Service

April 07, 2011

After we have configured the connection to our Database and created our model ( see the last post for more details ), we will jump now to the creation of our new Web Service. Create a Web Service Lets save our changes and add a new item. As mentioned already in my last post , I personally prefer the “older” asmx style web services most of the time. So we choose “ Web Service ” template for now (if you can’t find it easily, simply search for it) and give it a name. I’ll use MDT.asmx for this demo...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , ,

Easily access information from any database and publish it via a web service – Part 1 – The Database

April 07, 2011

OK, (probably) my two last post regarding my MMS 2011 sessions, if I haven’t missed something important . To be able to make our Deployments more dynamic and as unattended as possible, we need to have all the information available, that we need to take decisions automatically . We typically use information from the local hardware, the customsettings.ini and maybe the MDT Database. If we are really advanced, we also make use of some web services like the Deployment Web Service to drive our deployment...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , , ,

Implementing a (very) simple Maintenance mode in MDT Litetouch

April 05, 2011

While preparing for a session about MDT enhancements at the MMS 2011 (find the video at DeploymentResearch ), Mikael Nyström had a very interesting idea for a web service demo. The idea was to implement something simple that allows to set a single or all locations into some kind of “Maintenance Mode”. Meaning if you have some server maintenance to do or maybe some global issues and you don’t want to have any new deployments starting, just go to a webpage and “switch off” the deployment for that particular...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , ,

First impressions on MDT Web FrontEnd Version 2

October 19, 2010

Roughly a year after the first public Beta and half a year after the initial release of Version 1 a new version of the MDT Web FrontEnd is getting closer. The new version will overcome a couple limitations of the first version plus it will get a whole bunch of new features. It’s still some work to do but I hope to have the first public Beta available at TechEd Europe 2010 . If you would like to support me on this project please read the bottom of this post. As an appetizer here are some first impressions...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , ,

Executing Web services – a generic MDT script

October 08, 2010

As a frequent reader of this blog you have probably seen already a couple posts where we had to execute a web service to accomplish a certain task or get a specific value, etc. MDT itself takes away a lot of the hassle you have to deal with normally, if working with web services. In their easiest way, you simply define the complete web service call in the customsettings.ini and let the Gather step do it’s magic. But sometimes this isn’t enough as we need to call these web services at a later point...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , ,

Deployment web service - Version 7.1 released

August 12, 2010

I’m happy to announce the release of Version 7.1 of the Deployment web service . The biggest and probably most useful change in this release is the implementation of NLog as logging provider. As already described in a previous post Add logging to your applications - NLog for beginners it’s now possible to influence the logging at runtime. With this version the Active Directory and the SCCM/SMS parts of the Deployment web service have been updated with this new logging capabilities already. The MDT...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , ,

Unable to free up space after a MDT Refresh

August 01, 2010

As mentioned , I recently had the pleasure to meet Jeremy Chapman and we had a chat about some Deployment related topics. We also covered some problems we experienced so far and one thing I had forgotten already (Yes, I should have blogged about it already so it’s not gone) was about a specific situation you can run into if you are using MDT and the new hard-linking capabilities of USMT 4 during ConfigMgr OS Deployments. It’s basically about deleting certain files but not freeing up the space used...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , ,

Copy steps/group of steps between Task Sequences

July 30, 2010

If I have to make a change to an existing Task Sequence (no matter if MDT or SCCM) I typically create a copy of the existing Task Sequence and apply the changes to this copy for further testing. This way you can easily test and improve it until everything is working as expected without having a negative effect on your working Task Sequences. Now after you have verified that everything is working as expected, you need to redo all the changes applied so far to the original Task Sequence. The easiest...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , ,

Has been a while …

July 03, 2010

since my last post. And I just wanted to take the opportunity to send a quick “ I’m still alive ” and give an overview of what is going to happen in the next time. In the last two posts ( VCS - Part 1 , VCS - Part 2 ) I wrote about Version\Revision Control Systems in general and how they could be of use, even for scripting or administrative purposes (yes, one article is still waiting to be published ;-) ). As not being a professional developer those typical developer tools are sometimes still new...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , , , ,

Coalesce noncontinuous and/or unjoined lists into a single sequential variable list in ConfigMgr OSD Deployments

April 26, 2010

Wow, great title. What does it mean? Well, yesterday I was watching a couple of the recorded sessions of last weeks MMS . One of them was held by Michael Niehaus about dynamic Deployments and he mentioned a problem you might experience mainly in ConfigMgr OSD using collection variables and presented a solution in form of a script that exists already in MDT. As I wasn’t able to find much information about this I try to summarize this in case somebody else not being able to attend his session runs...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: ,

PrettyGoodFrontEndClone

April 20, 2010

I’ve always been a big fan of the PrettyGoodFrontEnd written by Johan Arwidmark . Originally written as a FrontEnd for ZTI deployments on SMS with BDD 2007 it has recently been updated for ConfigMgr (SCCM) 2007 Deployments with MDT 2010 integration. Similar to the Custom Boot Wizard I’ve mentioned already a couple times on this blog, Johan is now also using webservices to query the necessary information from MDT, Active Directory and ConfigMgr (SCCM). For this he wrote his own webservice reduced...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , , , ,

Testing your Wizard files, Gather steps, customsettings.ini, etc

April 19, 2010

As you might have read already on other Blogs as well, it is quite easy to test the processing of your gather step and the customsettings.ini. What I would like to add here is, that you can also use the same way to test your custom wizards and scripts as well. It’s easy to set up: - Create a folder that you would like to use for Testing/Debug purposes (“MDT_Testing” or similar). You can also create several folders if you require to test different scenarios - Copy the following files from the {MDTInstallationDirectoy...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , ,

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