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Training – Mastering Windows 7 and 8 Deployment Using MDT2012 and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

Warning: Shameless plug 馃檪

If you are looking for some top notch training, we still have seats available in one of my classes coming up in Minneapolis in July. If July doesn’t work for your schedule, we have another class in New York in September.

Sign up for the class here!

Class Description:

Build a real deployment solution using MDT 2012 and Configuration Manager 2012. This is the first deployment training where you pick the track to follow during four days!

  • The primary track is using MDT2012 (update 1) and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 to deploy operating systems, applications, and software updates.
  • The second, optional track, is how to build a deployment solution based on MDT 2012 Lite Touch. We simply wanted to give you the best possible windows deployment training, no matter if you plan to use ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 or not.

During these four days you will learn how to

路 Plan and design for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 infrastructure changes
路 Upgrade from ConfigMgr 2007
路 Upgrade from MDT 2010 to MDT 2012
路 Create and deploy applications
路 Configuring Software Updates
路 Create and design reference images
路 Create VB script wrappers for configuration items and applications
路 Configure Security baselines for the Windows 7 & 8 images
路 Master the driver injection features for OS deployment
路 Integrate MDT 2012 with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1
路 Extend OS deployment in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 , with scripts, frontends, databases and web services.
路 Configuring offline media
路 Troubleshoot MDT 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1
路 Troubleshoot your Windows deployments
路 Bending the rules, understanding and customizing the rules (customsettings.ini)
路 Enable Dynamic Deployments



Getting Approval For MMS 2012–Cost Justification

Every year people struggle to attend MMS.聽 Chris Stauffer has put together a couple really nice documents that help to explain why you should attend MMS and some alternatives for hotels to help reduce costs.聽聽 Another reason why the myITforum community is so great!

Hope to see you at MMS!

Download here or click on the post title:聽 Chris Stauffer鈥檚 MMS 2012 management approval docs (includes hotel pricing)


Fantastic Deployment Videos

Johan Arwidmark has uploaded some great videos to his blog. Summaries are below, go to the following link to view the videos!

5 Deployment and Systems Management sessions from NIC 2012 in Oslo


Creating Custom WinPE 4.0 boot images (54:59)
This session gives an in-depth view of all the new features in WinPE 4.0 (Windows PE) architecture, tools and usage scenarios. It covers advanced techniques for building and customizing Windows PE as well as its integration with MDT 2012. You will learn how add support for custom images, add components, ADSI, web services, as well as creating your own plugins. You can expect lots of tips & tricks and live demos in this session.

A Geeks guide to the Galaxy 鈥 Building a SC 2012 Configuration Manager OS Deployment Solution(01:03:25)

The uber-demo spaceship has landed in Oslo! Join Johan Arwidmark in an hour live demo on how to build a Windows 7 deployment solution, based on ConfigMgr 2012 and MDT 2012 Zero Touch, from scratch to finish.

Inside Windows 8 鈥 The new Assessment and Deployment Kit, ADK (58:51)

The Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) is being replaced by Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) in the Windows 8 timeframe. Join Johan Arwidmark guiding you through the new features, including WinPE 4.0, Performance Assessment and much more.

Inside Windows 8 鈥 Mastering the Setup Engine(01:00:32)

This session dives deep into the Windows 8 setup engine, explains the driver store, log files, device driver ranking, and much more. It goes deep into the configuration passes, the Windows Servicing Stack, Windows System Image Manager, and Deployment Image Service and Management (DISM). You can expect lots of tips, tricks, and live demos in this session.

SC 2012 Configuration Manager OSD – Tips & Tricks from the Deployment Masters (01:09:29)

This is what you always wanted to know about OS Deployments using MDT 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012, but no one told you about until now… You will learn how to extend ConfigMgr 2012 and MDT 2012 with custom scripts and frontends, workaround current limitations, work with the deployment database and web services. We bring you Enterprise customizations to use in every size of network.


SCCM Guru webcast coming up soon – Michael Niehaus

SCCM Guru webcast coming up soon – Michael Niehaus’ Windows and Office deployment ramblings – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

As part of the BDNA 鈥淪CCM Guru鈥 webcast series, I will be presenting on November 17th from 11:00am to 12:00pm Pacific time.  The topic of the presentation:

Inside a ConfigMgr 2012 OS Deployment Task Sequence

In this webcast with Michael Niehaus, Microsoft鈥檚 鈥淒eployment Guy鈥, you will learn:

  • The inner workings of a task sequence, showing the various steps in the process
  • How information is passed to and between each step & what the steps do
  • How to troubleshoot when things don鈥檛 go as expected

I am planning to do something different for this session 鈥 with a week to go for preparation (and being on vacation for most of that time), it will be interesting to see how much of my 鈥渧ision鈥 I鈥檒l be able to get ready in time.  (As an added complication, I will be presenting while jetlagged 鈥 I arrive back in Seattle the evening before, after a twelve-hour time change.  Don鈥檛 worry, I鈥檒l have lots of caffeine handy.)

To register for the session, please visit this link:


E-books for Microsoft Office 2010

Read the original post here.

E-reader devices Use these free, downloadable e-book versions of Microsoft Office help articles as a training book that won鈥檛 close while your fingers are on the keyboard. They鈥檙e easy to carry along so you can brush up on your skills for a few minutes while you鈥檙e waiting in line.

This small collection is a trial to see if you like the e-book format. Use the voting buttons at the bottom of this article to let us know if you think they鈥檙e useful. And, let us know what else you鈥檇 like to see made available in this format.

EPUB format

These e-books are in .EPUB format, which is a standard e-book format that can be read by many devices and applications.

Best Practices for Outlook 2010

Creating everyday documents that stand out from the crowd

Basic Tasks in Word 2010

Basic Tasks in Excel 2010

Basic Tasks in PowerPoint 2010

Basic Tasks in Outlook 2010

Basic Tasks in OneNote 2010

Basic Tasks in Visio 2010

MOBI format

These e-books are in .MOBI format, which can be read by apps and devices including the Amazon Kindle.

Best Practices for Outlook 2010

Creating everyday documents that stand out from the crowd

Basic Tasks in Word 2010

Basic Tasks in Excel 2010

Basic Tasks in PowerPoint 2010

Basic Tasks in Outlook 2010

Basic Tasks in OneNote 2010

Basic Tasks in Visio 2010

How do I get the e-book on my device?

There are too many devices and applications to cover here, so be sure to check the documentation for your e-reader. Here are instructions for some popular e-readers.

Amazon Kindle (Latest Generation)
To download using the Kindle Web Browser
  1. On your Kindle, open the Web Browser.
  2. Navigate to this web page.
  3. Use the 5-way controller to move the cursor to the link for the MOBI-format e-book you want.
  4. Press the center button in the 5-way controller.
  5. Follow the download prompts.
To download to your computer and transfer the files to your Kindle
  1. Download the MOBI-format version of the e-books to your computer.
  2. Connect your Kindle to the computer using a USB cable.

The Kindle shows up as a USB drive on your computer.

  1. On your computer, open the Kindle drive and then open the Documents folder in the Kindle.
  2. Drag the e-book files you downloaded into the Documents folder.
  3. Eject your Kindle and disconnect it from the computer.
  1. Check whether your e-reader app reads EPUB or MOBI format e-books.
  2. Download the e-books in the appropriate format to your computer.
  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  4. Start iTunes.
  5. Under Devices, select your iPhone.
  6. At the top of the window, click the Apps tab.
  7. Scroll down to File Sharing, and drag the e-books into the window for your e-reader app.
  8. Click Sync.

Useful ConfigMgr Resources (Updated)

Great post with a nice list of ConfigMgr resources. Thanks to Rob York and Saud Al-Mishari.

Read the original post here.


ConfigMgr Resources/Information:

ConfigMgr Design Resources

OS Deployment

Out of Band Management


Deployment Blogs and Twitter

Ben Hunter over on The Deployment Guys has put together a nice blog post with a list of various community Deployment experts and MVP鈥檚.  He鈥檚 got a nice list of the blogs to follow and twitter alias鈥檚.

When I started blogging five years ago there were not many great blogs out there and twitter was just emerging from its egg. It was hard to find good information on deployment. However things have changed, there is a vibrant community of deployment experts out there who are only too willing to share their expertise. The key channels that they use are blogs, twitter and the deployment forums. With this in mind I thought I would create an index of the resources that I use out there, it is certainly not an exhaustive list but hopefully you find it useful.

Read the full post here.


System Center Updates Publisher 2011 Screencasts


Hydration – Automating builds in your datacenter

Deployment extraordinaire Johan Arwidmark has created a nice blog post on creating an environment to hydrate your server and lab builds.  

Check out his excellent blog post here, and be sure to watch the included video on how to setup and configure the solutions.


Windows 7: Best of Deployment Compilation by Guest Blogger Jeremy Chapman

Awesome post over Keith Combs blog on Technet. 

Read the full post here.

Windows 7: Best of Deployment Compilation

By Jeremy Chapman

I like all types of music and with almost any successful musician there comes a time when they take their best tracks and create a 鈥淏est of鈥 album. This is not only great for people who want all of their music in one place, but also for the people new to that musician. Now you might argue that all this goes away with online music services, but I鈥檇 argue that sometimes the level of selection there gets daunting. At this point you鈥檙e also probably wondering what this all has to do with Windows 7 deployment, well鈥 after more than a year post general availability and two years since I鈥檝e been writing and reviewing content, it鈥檚 time to sift through that huge potential playlist and cut the Windows 7: Best of Deployment Compilation.

If you are new to the Windows deployment game or are stuck in the spooky world of drive-cloning with older sector-based processes, this should help you get started. If you鈥檝e seen it and have the concert T-shirts from our TechEd tours, then you can probably skip ahead. We鈥檒l start out with the basic concepts then go deeper into the how-to guides.