Add or remove features in MDT WinPE

Not going too deep here, just something I found the other day. In your MDT 2013 Deploymentshare, if you go to the share’s properties, you will find the WinPE Tab and the WinPE’s features: In here you can add components to your boot images. These components are either in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools (like DaRT: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/131/Adding-DaRT-8-1-from-MDOP-2013-R2-to-ConfigMgr-2012-R2.aspx ) or in your ADK install directory here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs If you take a look at the latter, you might see that there are components in there that don’t show up in that list in your MDT Deploymentshare, for example WinPE-FMAPI.cab (File Management API). Why is that? … Continue reading

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What if Windows 8.1 had intelligence and no-one cared?

I am currently working on a Windows 8.1 deployment that will end up on quite a few tablets used in retail stores. Interesting project from a requirements perspective, because usually I never had to worry about machines being stolen by customers that much New Feature in Windows 8.1 Update Of course, I am deploying Windows 8.1 Update (latest and greatest!) to these tablets which is easy. Create a Build & Capture Task Sequence in MDT and afterwards deploy it with whatever you like. I have to stick to MDT as a deployment tool for the time being, as the customer has not yet upgraded their ConfigMgr environment to 2012 R2. … Continue reading

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Whole Disk .WIM backup using SCCM 2012 R2

Players, Recently I needed to provide my client with a little confidence in OSD around what was possible with backups … there was some fear over users data etc … so I needed to lay down the Iron Curtain … the task was simple and yet politically complex as they needed to capture certain users entire disk drives for many uninteresting reasons… Now, we have a few options available to us when it comes to SCCM, we could use witchcraft enchantment spells called hard-link and create a state-store (USMT) that holds the data inside a folder on the C Drive. Or we could summon the powers of the State Migration Points and keep data in users profiles for a certain period of time in hardware replacement scenarios. But what if all you need is to capture everything in one go? Easy, here’s how and it will take you about 10 minutes to set…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/whole-disk-wim-backup-using-sccm-2012-r2/

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Create MDT Applications from ConfigMgr Applications

Did you see Johan Arwidmark’s post about “The battle begins – Building the perfect reference image for ConfigMgr 2012” (http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/163/The-battle-begins-Building-the-perfect-reference-image-for-ConfigMgr-2012.aspx) ? One point Johan, and also a lot of customers and other consultants, brought up, was this: You don’t need to dupliacte software packages (apps), which means if you are building really thick images (30 – 40 apps in the image), and those apps are already in ConfigMgr, it’s probably faster to build the image in ConfigMgr. I understand, if I needed to do that manually I’d be very much pi**ed off Thankfully I know Powershell and hey, both ConfigMgr and MDT even more know what Powershell is. In one … Continue reading

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MDT Monitor tool

After migrating to SCCM 2012 with MDT2013 and activated the new MDT Monitor function I saw the need to enable that information to our support staff. I found a few PowerShell scripts from Mikael  Nyström that did parts but nothing complete and more user friendly. So here is my attempt to write one The tool is written completely in PowerShell...

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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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ConfigMgr – Application Base variables the easy way with Powershell

This article I planned on writing for some time now (as a lot of others) but didn’t find the time yet. The topic itself isn’t new, it’s the solution that’s cool (although itself also not too new). Install Applications according to dynamic variable list There is more than one way of how you can install applications (and packages) during a Task Sequence and each of them has its pros and cons. There is the “Install Application” step which lets you chose the applications you want to have installed: This is really easy, as long as you don’t want to install more than nine (9) applications in one step. The tenth … Continue reading

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Speaker am ConfigMgr Community Day in Zürich / CH

ConfigMgr Event in Zürich / CH Für 2014 steht schon das erste Speaking Engagement für mich an. Am 13.01.2014 werde ich auf dem ConfigMgr Community Event (CMCE) in Zürich sprechen. http://configmgr.ch/ ist die Website, auf der ihr die Anmeldung zu diesem Event findet, sowie auch eine Session- und Speakerliste. Neben mir sind auch andere MVPs, wie zum Beispiel Torsten Meringer (http://www.mssccmfaq.de/) und Roger Zander (http://smsclictr.sourceforge.net/), vor Ort und werden einen ganzen Tag Sessions zum Thema Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Intune, MDM und Applicationmanagement halten. Ich werde natürlich einiges zum Thema ConfigMgr und Automatisierung mit Powershell erzählen und wie man sich durch Powershell und Automatisierung das alltägliche Leben erleichtern kann. … Continue reading

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