Boosting your Windows 7 Deployment skills…

By arwidmark / October 30, 2009

New into Windows 7 deployments are you? 

To learn about the core deployment tools and Windows 7 setup changes, consider downloading Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance, a free ebook from Microsoft Press and Microsoft TechNet.

The 412 pages long ebook is written by Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson, and the Windows 7 Team at Microsoft. It is divided in two main parts, Part 1 – Content from the Windows 7 Resource Kit, Part 2 – Content from Microsoft TechNet Magazine.

Download from:

Happy reading…

/ Johan


Another useful reading for in-depth information about the underlying setup infrastructure is:

Understanding Component-Based Servicing


The Geeks Guides for MDT 2010 and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 OS Deployments are here…

By arwidmark / October 28, 2009

I’m finally done with my MDT 2010 Deployment CD…

After spending a good few hours about every evening for more than three weeks now, I’m truly excited to bring you the MDT 2010 and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 version of my free Deployment CD. Version 2.0 if you will.

This second Deployment CD has the following detailed Step-by-step Guides and Video Tutorials:

MDT 2010 Lite Touch Deployments (deployment without ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 R2, just the free tools)
– LTI01 – Installing the server for MDT 2010 Lite Touch
– LTI02 – Creating a Windows 7 reference image using Lite Touch
– LTI03 – Deploying a Windows 7 image using Lite Touch
– LTI04 – Dynamic Settings, creating and using the deployment database

MDT 2010 Zero Touch Deployments (deployment with ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 R2)
– ZTI01 – Installing the server for MDT 2010 Zero Touch and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2
– ZTI02 – Creating a Windows 7 reference image using ConfigMgr 2007 SP2
– ZTI03 – Deploying a Windows 7 image using ConfigMgr 2007 SP2
– ZTI04 – Dynamic Settings, creating and using the deployment database

Additional Presentations
– E01 – New features in MDT 2010
– E02 – Upgrading MDT 2008 to MDT 2010
– E03 – Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7

  1. Please send me feedback – What’s good, What’s bad, What’s missing, Whatever…
  2. Spread the word about these guides in the community and with friends, send people to the  site, so that they can sign up for their very own (free) copy.
  3. Register for a free download at  

Regards / Johan

WDS F11 Server Selection Feature… It’s undocumented, it’s unsupported – but really cool

By arwidmark / September 29, 2009

There is a little known Server Selection Feature in WDS in Windows Server 2008 R2. Its not documented, it’s not supported by Microsoft. But its very useful for lab and test scenarios…

How to enable it?  Simply go to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WDSServer\Providers\WDSPXE\Providers\BINLSVC and set AllowServerSelection to 1.

Then restart the Windows Deployment Service. After doing this you get the option tp press F11 and the PXE client will now discover local PXE Servers and allow you to select which one you want to use.

Here are some Screenshots of the feature:

Image 1: Initial PXE Boot Screen

Image 2: The discovery process

Image 3: Selecting the server

MDT 2010 – Fix for the “Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user…” issue

By arwidmark / September 17, 2009

There is now a fix for the MDT 2010 “Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user, using more than one user name, are not allowed” problem.


SCCM 2007 Service Pack, MDT 2010 and WAIK versions

By arwidmark / September 14, 2009

For Windows XP/Vista/2003/2008 Deployments, this is a valid config.

Site Server:
SCCM 2007 SP1
WAIK 1.1
MDT 2010

Note: You need a separate machine (client or server) with MDT 2010 and WAIK 2.0 to administer the MDT database

For Windows XP/Vista/W7/2003/2008/2008R2 Deployments, this is a valid config.

Site Server:
– SCCM 2007 SP2
– WAIK 2.0
– MDT 2010

Summary: You cannot mix above… SCCM SP1 requires WAIK 1.1 and no other version. SCCM SP2 requires WAIK 2.0 and no other version. SCCM SP2 is requires for W7/2008R2 support. 

MDT 2010 is RTW

By arwidmark / September 8, 2009

MDT 2010 is finally released.

Download from

Among the new features are…

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support
Support for hierarchical management of items in deployment shares
Support for drag-and-drop, copy-and-paste, and cut-and-paste operations in the Deployment Workbench
Support for automation of management tasks using Windows PowerShell cmdlets.
Improvements in diagnostics output, logging, and network recovery logic.
Support for WAIK 2.0.
Support for USMT 4.0, including hard-link migration and shadow copy.

MDT 2010 Supports deplolying the following operating systems

Windows 7
Window Server 2008 R2
Windows PE version 3.0
Windows Vista SP1 and later
Windows Server 2008
Windows XP SP3
Windows Server 2003 R2


Windows 7 Summit, October 7, 2009 – The greatest online Windows 7 event ever..

By arwidmark / August 18, 2009

The Windows 7 Summit – Don’t miss this free online webinar

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will revolutionize the way we manage Windows environments. This is the greatest Windows platform, ever… Are you prepared?

During this free online event you’ll learn to master the new features, all presented by leading computer industry experts like Marcus Murray, Johan Arwidmark and many more…

Meet the team that worked closely with the development team in Redmond, built production systems, configured, deployed, hardened, debugged, tested, crashed, modified and ran the new platform through all possible scenarios.

Join us for an amazing journey on October 7.

For more information, detailed agenda and free registration, go to 

Johan Arwidmark
Microsoft MVP – Setup and Deployment

You might be a redneck…

By arwidmark / July 12, 2009

Some 11 years ago I was working quite a lot with linux installations, and one of the funniest moments was when selecting the redneck language during the redhat installation.

Thanks to virtual machines, and some hard to find Redhat 5.1 Manhattan installation media (from 1998), its possible to feel the joy once more  🙂  Here are some screenshots








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