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The Drivers Saga Continues… This time we battle SCCM 2007…

By arwidmark / December 3, 2008

In part 1, They call me a control freak – a drivers Tale, I explained driver handling in MDT Lite Touch. Now I continue with best practices for SCCM 2007 driver handling, control freak style (meaning, 100 percent working style)… Background info… In SCCM 2007 you group imported drivers into packages, and you can have […]


MDT Database, Integrated security and SQL Cluster

By arwidmark / November 27, 2008

If you using integrated security (Trusted Connection) to connect to a MDT database hosted on a SQL Cluster, it will fail because of the WinPE Firewall. The story is that WinPE (the client) communicates to the cluster node, but it is the actual physical machine that responds back, so the firewall sees it coming from […]


Configuring USMT in SCCM 2007 Zero Touch (MDT)

By arwidmark / November 17, 2008

Does USMT in SCCM 2007 Zero Touch driving you nuts? It could be because all details of the integration did not make it into the docs…  here are the missing pieces… When working with USMT in SCCM 2007 Zero Touch (MDT), you need to specify two different types of rulesets, one for the estimation part, […]


So your Nvidia driver will not install on Windows Vista?

By arwidmark / November 4, 2008

So your Nvidia driver will not install Windows Vista? Well it might be due to driver ranking, but the most common issue is actually WinPE scratchspace configuration. Background: When Vista install the driver it uses the WinPE scratchspace as temporary storage. The problem is that some drivers, like Nvidia, are much bigger then the default […]


Capture only Task Sequence for MDT 2008 (Lite Touch)

By arwidmark / October 28, 2008

This is sample Task Sequence that will do automated capture only. It will apply WinPE to disk, run sysprep, reboot into WinPE and capture the installation, fully automated. Note: Updated 2008-12-03 with the following new features.  – Better pre.req check (for sysprep.inf and unattend.xml files) – Improved logging. – Setting the correct Image Flag when deploying […]


Sample Storage Drivers and Sysprep.inf for Windows XP builds (MDT 2008)

By arwidmark / October 27, 2008

Need to create an hardware independent Windows XP image?  Here are the instructions, base drivers and sysprep.inf to get you going… The instructions are for MDT 2008 Lite Touch Step-by-step… Download the files from: http://www.deployvista.com/Repository/tabid/71/EntryId/50/DMXModule/396/ctl/EntryDetails/mid/396/language/sv-SE/Default.aspx   Copy the $OEM$ folder to \Distribution\Operating Systems\   Update the [SysprepMassStorage] section in  \Distribution\Control\\Sysprep.inf file with info from Sysprep_massstorage.txt […]


Best Out-of-Office message.. Ever…

By arwidmark / October 23, 2008

I could not help posting this, from this summer, plain funny. The name has been removed to protect the innocent 🙂 I received your e-mail, but I’m not going to read it.  I’m on vacation until and don’t plan to read any e-mail between now and then.  There will also be too much of it […]


Configuring SCCM 2007 for native mode

By arwidmark / October 21, 2008

So you want to run SCCM 2007 in native mode?  Here you find some notes and step-by-step actions on how to do this… First, make sure you really want to do this. Choose between Native Mode and Mixed Mode http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632431.aspx Second, review the (quite detailed) checklist Administrator Checklist: Migrating a Site to Native Mode http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632727.aspx […]


Coolest Deployment ever…

By arwidmark / October 14, 2008

This is the future of Windows deployment… and the future is already here… booting the live Windows Operating Systems over the network, without any local disk, no setup, nothing… Look at the Ardence Video (now Citrix) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moIuHqIc-PQ


They call me a control-freak… a drivers tale…

By arwidmark / October 11, 2008

Let me start by clearly stating that I really like (most) of the changes the MDT development team did for Lite Touch driver handling in Update 1 of MDT 2008. But, do I think the default driver injection mechanism works for all scenarios? Not Really… Luckily, Lite Touch offers several methods for dealing with drivers […]

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