Quick MDT 2012 facts

I’ve been quite busy lately so I’ll try to be quick… I would like to share my discoveries on MDT 2012 and the information I gathered while I was migrating from MDT 2010. Mikael Nystrom’s step by step on how to update BIOS in MDT still works perfectly. Andrew Barnes’ how to integrate BGInfo into […]

Missing IIS sites in SCCM 2007 SP2 R3?

After installing SCCM I noticed that IIS was not populated with the different websites needed to run ConfigMgr properly. I took me hours to figure out until I found the ConfigMgr Toolkit. Run the MP Troubleshooter, it will solve the issues. Of course MS could fix that easily but that must be too much to […]

Adobe Customization Wizard X is now available!

Download from here. For silent deployment, see this previous article.

How to install iTunes on Windows with MDT

I came across the need to deploy iTunes using MDT (2010 or 2012). Unfortunately, there is no way to run the usual setup file with switches. The key is to expand the installer (using 7-zip) and then create hidden applications for each component (that also allows you to prevent Bonjour or Apple Software update from […]

Prevent Outlook from prompting for a password on a network context change.

Sometimes when Outlook changes network contexts (i.e. from wired to wireless), it triggers an annoying authentication popup. There’s a way around: Open Outlook. Go to “Tools” > “Account Settings”. Double click on your account. At the bottom right, click on “More Settings…”. Click on the “Connection” tab. Under “Outlook Anywhere”, click on “Exchange Proxy Settings”. […]

Migrate Outlook settings sans pain.

Just a useful tip from the top of my head. If you want to migrate Outlook settings without having to reconfigure accounts, delivery options and PST locations, here is the registry key you need to export: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles * If you’re migrating from XP to a next-gen OS (Vista or 7), you’ll get […]

MDT 2010 Part 2: Initial Configuration

MDT is very simple to use if you are familiar with the imaging process introduced in Windows Vista (Based on monolithic WIM image files that are “restored” instead of set of files that get copied). WIM files can be updated, customized then added back to an installation media or distribution shares. Once you have MDT […]

MDT 2010 Part 1: Installation

There we are, finally… Let’s talk about the installation of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. First of all, I have to say that I’ve been blasted by this product. It’s been the first time in a long time since I really appreciated using a Microsoft product… Let’s leave the troll aside and proceed with the installation […]

Silence…

Sorry, I’ve been quite silent recently but I’m currently writing a pretty exhaustive guide to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010). Stay tuned! Namaste.

Excel 2007 has trouble opening files?

Double clicking on an Excel file does not open it. Instead Excel opens and displays a blank workbook. However, if you minimize Excel, it will immediately maximise itself and display the file you originally tried to open. The solution is really weird: You can stop this annoying behavior by adding an Add-in, like this: Excel […]