Automate “UDA Application” Installations During OSD

As I’m escaping the windowless lab a client has set up for me and seeking refuge in a well lit cafe for lunch, I chance upon a colleague who works for a national consulting firm. I invite him to join me, and after the initial pleasantries we start discussing our current projects. To our mutual amusement, we’re both working on...

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Fully Automate Your Quarterly Build & Capture Process

Best practices has your desktop deployment not installing Windows via the setup.exe each and every time, but rather deploying a captured Windows image and building off of that. You choice of a thin or fat image is up to you and your environmental needs, but periodically executing a Build & Capture (B&C) routine that installs Windows and all the latest...

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A Look At The ZTIGather Flow and The CustomSettings.INI File

"I don't understand the CustomSettings.ini file."  I hear this from a high percentage of clients who use MDT in their environment. If they started with an MDT-only deployment position, I will often see a rules file that was primarily configured by MDT and then some light additions, but they often do not have a clear understanding of how the processing...

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A QuickStart Guide to Using Web Services in MDT / SCCM

A baker doesn’t have the same job as an accountant who doesn’t have the same job as a painter: different tools, different working environment, different products. Whereas you wouldn’t dream of developing a working environment for one of those users and forcing the other two to use it, this often is the base premise for corporate desktops; a one-size-fits-all approach...

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Creating And Managing Shadow Groups

I've always thought of the Active Directory (AD DS) as a box of Legos: give any two kids an identical set and they will come up with something completely different.  Good from a design and flexibility standpoint, but challenging if you implement a design and later the requirements change and/or new features are added to AD DS; a design overhaul...

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Pre-Caching Domain Profiles in Windows

Often in desktop deployment, many environmental conditions are assumed and taken for granted.  This can result in a great deal of head scratching when those elements are suddenly taken away.  One of the biggest assumed conditions is the presence of your network when building the desktop.  Although for most large companies the always-connected environment is a given and the idea...

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