Deployment

Collect your drivers and export them to a share

Last week I saw a really interesting Tweet from Adam Eaddy mentioning his blog where he had published a automated way to build Configuration Manager Driver Packages automatically by collecting drivers from a remote PC. The script worked great, but I missed the nice folder structure to keep the drivers nice and ordered. I tweaked his script a bit, so it would fit my needs. This PowerShell script collects the drivers (in a nice manufacturer\model\version\arch structure) and copies them to a network share.

Upgrading SCCM 2012 R2 to ConfigMgr 1602

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A customer wanted to upgrade his current Windows 7 Enterprise devices to Windows 10. Right now he was running SCCM 2012 R2, so before I can start creating a Windows 10 task sequence first there some ConfigMgr upgrading has to be done. I started by downloading the SCCM 1511 bits, Windows ADK 10.0 (not the 1511 version!) and the HP WinPE 10.0 driver pack (since the customer is running HP devices only).

When all the bits were downloaded, the upgrade process can start!

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 Has Arrived!

We had to wait a couple of week (since the launch of Windows 10), but it’s finally there : MDT 2013 Update 1! At the moment (August 19th) it’s not yet available at http://microsoft.com/deployment…  ……… but Aaron has put a nice blogpost together over at the /MSDeployment Blog.   “The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 1 is now available on the Microsoft Download Center___. This update requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, available on the_ Microsoft Hardware Dev Center___.

Download System Center 2012 R2 Evaluation VHDs

Microsoft has released a set of pre-configured VHD’s for all of the System Center 2012 R2 components. The download consists of files that you extract into a single pre-configured VHD file for every System Center component. The VHD enables you to create a virtual machine to evaluate the different System Center components. Click one of the links below to visit the download page of the System Center 2012 R2 Evaluation VHD:

Upgrading SCCM 2012 R2 Preview to SCCM 2012 R2 RTM

I’ve been running System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for some time now, but since SCCM 2012 R2 was released today I really wanted to upgrade my server to the RTM bits! For now I’m upgrading my machine, since it is still running Windows Server 2012 I will probably do a clean install (on top of Windows Server 2012 R2) somewhere in the near future.

Prepare for the upgrade

Before you can start the upgrade, there ar e some things you should know:

Upgrade your SCCM 2012 SP1 to R2 Preview

Interesting read: Upgrade SCCM 2012 R2 Preview to SCCM 2012 R2 RTM

At TechEd Europe the availability of System Center R2 Configuration Manager Preview was announced. Since I’m running SCCM 2012 SP1 in my home lab, I found some free time (during TechEd) to upgrade my lab to the Preview release of SCCM 2012 R2.

Prepare for the upgrade

Before you can start the upgrade, there are some things you should know :

  • Since this is a Preview release, you should not run it on your production machines
  • Remove the current Windows ADK 8.0
  • Download and install the new Windows ADK (preview) 8.1
  • In the example below I’m only using one Site Server.

Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 (non-VL) with MDT 2012 & Windows ADK

Just a few weeks ago Microsoft has released MDT 2012 Update 1_,_ with full support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Microsoft did also release __the _Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8,_ the replacement for the good old _WAIK._ With the RTM of Window Server 2012 I decided to upgrade my _Deployment_ environment to the latest version. When I did some initial deployments of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 everything worked _just fine_, but when I tried to deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 (non-VL version) or Windows 7, I ran into a small problem.

Upgrade Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC to MDT 2012 RTM

It’s quite simple to upgrade your Release Candidate version of MDT 2012 to the RTM version…. just follow the following steps. Shutdown the (current version of the) Deployment Workbench Start MicrosoftDeploymentToolkit2012_x64.msi (or the x86 version) Click Next Accept the License Agreement and click Next Keep the default installation path and click Next Click Install Wait for the installation to finish succesfully and click Finish. Open the Deployment Workbench Right click your Deployment share and select Upgrade Deployment Share <img style="background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;" title="image" src="//www.

P2V Windows XP and Deploy Windows 7

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my previous post I showed how you can configure the P2V Migration Add-on. In this post I would like to show you how the created task sequence can be started to P2V the Windows XP installation, followed by the installation of Windows 7. When that is finished the Windows XP VHD is configured to run as a virtual machine inside the just installed Windows 7 client.

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P2V Migration with MDT 2010

With the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit it was a piece of cake to deploy your machine with Windows XP, Windows 7 or even Windows Server 2008 R2. From now on it is also possible, with a MDT 2010 Add-on, to P2V your existing Windows XP, Windows Vista and even Windows 7 machine. Only (for now) the 32-bit version of these operating systems can be P2V’d. A virtualized version of the operating system can be used as a virtual machine inside your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 machine.

The P2V Migration add-on is still in the beta stage right now, but because this add-on can be another positive vibe to (finally) migrate to Windows 7 I really would like to share it with you.