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Offline Domain Join with MDT

June 25, 2012

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 come with a new feature called “Offline Domain Join”. With this, you get the possibility to join a computer or member server to the domain, even if that computer/server currently isn’t connected to the domain. Why would I need that, you might ask. Well, think about remote workers or remote technicians, that might only have a VPN connection to your network. Or you have (or are) an external company (OEM, etc.), preparing the new computers at a remote location and...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , ,

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: , , , ,

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: , , , ,

Moving Computers in Active Directory during MDT Deployments – Step by Step

April 08, 2010

In a former article I explained in quite detail how to move computers in Active Directory using a webservice . As I got a couple requests for an updated and more condensed Step by Step guide I also took the opportunity and rewrote the sample scripts to fit to the new MDT 2010 script templates. If you have used this scripts already before, you just need to be aware, that they got renamed so you might want to check your Task Sequence steps if they call the right script. Set up the webservice The scripts...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , ,

Making custom Database and Webservice scripts work again in MDT 2010

August 28, 2009

In MDT 2010 there has been some changes in the scripts. One of these changes was to extract the Classes regarding Data Access (Database, Webservice) into a separate script called "ZITDataAccess.vbs". If you created your own custom scripts which made use of one of these classes you need to update them to reflect this change. I will show the necessary changes by way of changing my scripts used in " Moving computer in Active Directory using a webservice ". As the MDT Team just moved...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , ,

Moving computers in Active Directory using a webservice

March 15, 2009

If you are using GPOs in your Active Directory Environment you can come into a situation during your deployments, where the settings of a GPO might have impacts on the deployment process. To avoid this and be able to have full control on what happens during the deployment, one way to solve this problem is to have a specific OU which blocks all GPOs. I refer to this as staging OU. But this raises two other problems. When we add a new computer it's quite easy to have it added to a specific OU....  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , ,

A Webservice for OSD and MDT Deployments

February 11, 2009

In the first posts I showed how you can create ( Create your own MDT Webservice - Part 1 , Create your own MDT Webservice - Part 2 ) and access ( Calling a webservice from a script using MDT 2008 ) a simple webservice to be used in Deployments to ease access to the MDT Database. In the last post you could find a complete set of stored procedures do manipulate the MDT Database on-the-fly ( Get access to the MDT Database ). Now we are going to combine this. For the ones just interested to download...  ... Read the full post or  be the first to comment. Filed under: , , , , ,