MMS 2010 Content Survey is live…

As we start putting the plans for the Microsoft Management Summit 2010 (MMS 2010) together, we'd like to ensure that the event matches your needs and requirements. Our aim is to provide you with the information and resources you need to manage your organization's IT assets safely and effectively. To help us achieve this goal, we would appreciate your help.


Please take a few moments to answer the survey below, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Your answers will be kept confidential, and are used only as part of a statistical analysis to help allocate breakout session and hands-on lab slots where they are most needed.


When the survey closes on Monday, Dec 22nd 2009 we will draw two entries from amongst the responses and will send a Portable Media Player to those respondents. If you would like to be entered for this draw, simply enter your email address in the text box below. Supplied email addresses will only be used for the purposes of winner notification and will not be stored or used in any other way.


Thanks in advance for helping us make MMS 2010 your IT event of the year!

 

Take the survey:

http://www.mms-2010.com/wizard/content_survey/wp1.aspx

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

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 www.deploymentcd.com  site, so that they can sign up for their very own (free) copy.

3. Register for a free download at www.deploymentcd.com

Regards / Johan

SCCM Step-by-Step Part 1 – Server Installation

 

Installing Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can be a daunting task. There is a vast jungle of documentation available on Technet and in many excellent blogs. Training courses last at least a week and the final system can be as complex as your sysadmin imagination will allow (and that’s pretty complex!)

However, with so many choices to make most people will want to test SCCM in a lab environment first and you probably don’t want to spend weeks reading and spend a fortune on classroom training before you decide if this is right product for your business.

In this article I’ll give you just the bare minimum setup information to get up and running on SCCM in record time.

SCCM Step-by-Step Part 1 – Server Installation

Updated: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 – myITforum.com

 

10/28/2009 – Version 6.0.6000.2 – Added support for monitoring Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 in a 64-bit environment with Operations Manager 2007 R2 or Operations Manager 2007 SP1 hotfix (KB971541).

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 – myITforum.com

Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog : Hey, Scripting Guy! What Are the New Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell 2.0?

 

The number of cmdlets in Windows PowerShell 2.0 has nearly doubled over the number that shipped with the original product. These are core cmdlets and do not take into account the number of cmdlets that are included with Windows 7.0. Many of these cmdlets are for use with remoting, and the underlying WSMan technology. On a Windows 7 computer with Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed, there are 456 cmdlets. On a Windows 7 computer with all modules loaded, but without RSAT installed, there are 251 cmdlets. On a Windows 7 computer without the modules loaded there are 236 cmdlets. On a computer with Windows PowerShell 1.0 installed and with no snap-ins installed, there are 129 cmdlets.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog : Hey, Scripting Guy! What Are the New Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell 2.0?

Michael Niehaus’ Windows and Office deployment ramblings : MDT 2010 Wizard Example: Role Selection

 

We have seen lots of requests over the past couple of years for a wizard pane that allows you to select from a list of roles that should be applied to a machine, where those roles are defined in the MDT database.  There are a few examples of this available on the web, implemented in different ways.  I’ll throw another one into the mix, this one using an ADO.NET Data Services web service to get the needed data.

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings : MDT 2010 Wizard Example: Role Selection

Michael Niehaus’ Windows and Office deployment ramblings : Using the MDT database from a web service without writing code

 

One of the new features in the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is ADO.NET Data Services.  This enables you to expose the contents of a data source, e.g. a SQL Server database, through something that looks roughly like an RSS feed, accessed in a similar manner to a web service.  That’s nice but why do you care as an IT pro?  Well, it’s a convenient way of making the contents of the MDT database available to programs or scripts without forcing them to use ADO to access SQL Server directly.

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings : Using the MDT database from a web service without writing code