Warning: Shameless plug 🙂
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.
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
· Plan and design for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 infrastructure changes
· Upgrade from ConfigMgr 2007
· Upgrade from MDT 2010 to MDT 2012
· Create and deploy applications
· Configuring Software Updates
· Create and design reference images
· Create VB script wrappers for configuration items and applications
· Configure Security baselines for the Windows 7 & 8 images
· Master the driver injection features for OS deployment
· Integrate MDT 2012 with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1
· Extend OS deployment in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 , with scripts, frontends, databases and web services.
· Configuring offline media
· Troubleshoot MDT 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012 SP1
· Troubleshoot your Windows deployments
· Bending the rules, understanding and customizing the rules (customsettings.ini)
· Enable Dynamic Deployments
Johan Arwidmark has uploaded some great videos to his blog. Summaries are below, go to the following link to view the videos!
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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
As part of the BDNA “SCCM Guru” 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’s “Deployment Guy”, 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’t go as expected
I am planning to do something different for this session – 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 “vision” I’ll be able to get ready in time. (As an added complication, I will be presenting while jetlagged – I arrive back in Seattle the evening before, after a twelve-hour time change. Don’t worry, I’ll have lots of caffeine handy.)
To register for the session, please visit this link:
Use these free, downloadable e-book versions of Microsoft Office help articles as a training book that won’t close while your fingers are on the keyboard. They’re easy to carry along so you can brush up on your skills for a few minutes while you’re 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’re useful. And, let us know what else you’d like to see made available in this format.
These e-books are in .EPUB format, which is a standard e-book format that can be read by many devices and applications.
These e-books are in .MOBI format, which can be read by apps and devices including the Amazon Kindle.
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
- On your Kindle, open the Web Browser.
- Navigate to this web page.
- Use the 5-way controller to move the cursor to the link for the MOBI-format e-book you want.
- Press the center button in the 5-way controller.
- Follow the download prompts.
To download to your computer and transfer the files to your Kindle
- Download the MOBI-format version of the e-books to your computer.
- Connect your Kindle to the computer using a USB cable.
The Kindle shows up as a USB drive on your computer.
- On your computer, open the Kindle drive and then open the Documents folder in the Kindle.
- Drag the e-book files you downloaded into the Documents folder.
- Eject your Kindle and disconnect it from the computer.
- Check whether your e-reader app reads EPUB or MOBI format e-books.
- Download the e-books in the appropriate format to your computer.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer.
- Start iTunes.
- Under Devices, select your iPhone.
- At the top of the window, click the Apps tab.
- Scroll down to File Sharing, and drag the e-books into the window for your e-reader app.
- Click Sync.
Great post with a nice list of ConfigMgr resources. Thanks to Rob York and Saud Al-Mishari.
- TechCenter on TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/default.aspx
- Features (Technical Content): http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb680550.aspx
- Virtual Labs: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/bb539977.aspx
- Webcasts: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42364
- Audiocasts (WMA): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/bb727202.aspx
- TechNet Virtual Labs, ConfigMgr: http://technet.microsoft.com/configmgr/bb539977.aspx
- Download Service Pack 2 Here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3318741a-c038-4ab1-852a-e9c13f8a8140&displaylang=en (Upgrade download, Full Evaluation download available here). Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 left support on January, 11th, 2011 (http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=12769).
- Open (public) Betas Invites & Product Feedback. Note: the Connect sites have information about both R3 and v.Next.
- Configuration Manager 2012: https://connect.microsoft.com/ConfigurationManagervnext/program4346
- Product Feedback: email@example.com
- Documentation Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 and Configuration Manager: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc431377.aspx
- · PFE worldwide Blogs, News and Announcements: http://www.opsvault.com/
- o System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5a47b972-95d2-46b1-ab14-5d0cbce54eb8&displaylang=en
- Product Team:
- PFE UK Manageability: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys
- The Deployment Guys (TechNet): http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys
- Steve Rachui – PFE (MSDN): http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/
- ConfigMgr Writers – team of writers behind production documentation (TechNet): http://blogs.technet.com/wemd_ua_-_sms_writing_team/
- Adam Meltzer – ConfigMgr Developer (MSDN): http://blogs.msdn.com/ameltzer/
- ConfigMgr KB Article RSS Feed: http://support.microsoft.com/common/rss.aspx?rssid=12769&ln=en-us
- System Center Update Publisher (tool used to publish custom updates) TechCenter: http://technet.microsoft.com/manageability/bb741049.aspx
- Acresso (formerly InstallShield) AdminStudio Configuration Manager Edition: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/bb932316.aspx.
- Desired Configuration Monitoring, Configuration Catalogues: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/cc462788.aspx
- 3rd Party Custom Catalogues for Updates: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/configmgr/bb892875.aspx
- System Center Partners (3rd Party): http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/alliance-members.aspx
- Dell & System Center: http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/sitelets/solutions/management/microsoft_sms
- Dell ConfigMgr Wiki: http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/SCCM+-+System+Center+Configuration+Manager
- OSD Extension, Dell Deployment Pack for ConfigMgr: http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/Dell+Deployment+Pack+for+Configmgr+%28Server+Deployment%29
- HP Management Integration Solutions for Microsoft: http://h18013.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/integration/ms_integration.html
- OSD Extension, HP Insight Control Suite for System Center: https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=HPICE-SC
- Microsoft System Management Solutions for IBM Servers: http://www.ibm.com/systems/management/director/partners/microsoft/
- OSD Extension, IBM Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/toolsctr/v1r0/topic/dpsccm/dpsccm_ic_product_page.html
- ConfigMgr Community (including sites like myitforum.com that have community content): http://technet.microsoft.com/configmgr/bb625749.aspx
- Product Information (Sales/Business Content): http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/configurationmanager/en/us/default.aspx
ConfigMgr Design Resources
- Configuration Manager Planning and Deployment Overview: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb693806.aspx
- Planning and Deploying the Server Infrastructure for Configuration Manager 2007: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680397.aspx
- Planning and Deploying Clients for Configuration Manager 2007: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680373.aspx
- Configuration Manager Supported Configurations: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680717.aspx
- Configuration Manager Sample Configurations and Common Performance Related Questions: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=113136.
- Desktop Deployment TechCenter on TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/desktopdeployment/default.aspx
- Microsoft Desktop Deployment Toolkit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3bd8561f-77ac-4400-a0c1-fe871c461a89&displaylang=en
- Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2010 supports deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.
- Application Compatibility Guidance: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/desktopdeployment/bb414773.aspx
- Application Compatibility Toolkit: ACT is a collection of tools to inventory, assess and help fix applications for Windows Vista deployment projects. This update to ACT includes new tools to assess application compatibility with Internet Explorer 8 and detect potential application compatibility issues caused by Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 security updates. http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc507852.aspx
Out of Band Management
- · Configuring Out of Band Management: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc161822.aspx
- · Troubleshooting Out of Band Management: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc161834.aspx
- · Intel resources:
Ben Hunter over on The Deployment Guys has put together a nice blog post with a list of various community Deployment experts and MVP’s. He’s got a nice list of the blogs to follow and twitter alias’s.
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.
Deployment extraordinaire Johan Arwidmark has created a nice blog post on creating an environment to hydrate your server and lab builds.
Awesome post over Keith Combs blog on Technet.
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 “Best of” 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’d argue that sometimes the level of selection there gets daunting. At this point you’re also probably wondering what this all has to do with Windows 7 deployment, well… after more than a year post general availability and two years since I’ve been writing and reviewing content, it’s 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’ve seen it and have the concert T-shirts from our TechEd tours, then you can probably skip ahead. We’ll start out with the basic concepts then go deeper into the how-to guides.