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Setting a UK Keyboard in ConfigMgr 2007 OSD

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Deployment | Comments Off

Setting a UK Keyboard in ConfigMgr 2007 OSD

In the UK, we actually get the US version of Windows 7 and Office 2010, so whenever I do any build engineering in either MDT or ConfigMgr one of the first things I need to customize are the regional settings. In particular the keyboard layout and location. There are many ways to achieve this ranging from manually making the change in a reference image or creating an unattend.xml file. In this post I will show how you can set regional settings for Windows 7 at deploy-time using ConfigMgr 2007 OSD and collection variables. This will allow you...

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ConfigMgr 2007 OSD Folder Structure

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in Deployment | Comments Off

ConfigMgr 2007 OSD Folder Structure

When configuring ConfigMgr 2007 Operating System Deployment (OSD) there are an endless number of applications, operating system images, operating system install files, drivers, source files, package files, temp files. Everytime I set it up I end up with a different structure so this blog post presents an example ConfigMgr 2007 OSD folder structure that can be used for general application and operating system deployment files. This post will be updated as I get better ideas and suggestions on how to organise things – but the main issue...

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Get Selected Microsoft TechNet Library Content Offline

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Deployment | Comments Off

Get Selected Microsoft TechNet Library Content Offline

No-one can ever know everything they need to know about Microsoft products and techies will freely admit that they spend half their time checking resources such as Microsoft TechNet while working on a problem or design. Sometimes I need to go on to a site where I won’t have internet access. As anyone who relies on access to online resources will know, this can really slow things down and small questions (such as “is it port 60 or 67?”) can be frustrating. There is a free tool called Package This that can turn selections from...

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App-V Recipe: AutoIt v3

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Deployment | Comments Off

App-V Recipe: AutoIt v3

This blog post will show you how to sequence AutoIt using App-V 4.6 SP1 (the latest version at the time of writing). Now, AutoIt is probably the easiest application to sequence in the world and doesn’t really need a blog post describing how to do it. However, I intend to write some more posts around using App-V in System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 for deployment and upgrades so a nice easy to follow recipe for an application that is free should be useful.   For sequencing I’ll be using Windows XP SP3 and...

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Windows 7 Aero Theme Not Enabled After Deployment

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Deployment | 1 comment

Windows 7 Aero Theme Not Enabled After Deployment

An issue I saw a number of times at customers was that the Windows 7 Aero theme was not enabled after deployment. I saw this numerous times in early workshops and pilots for customers and completely forgot about it until I saw the question asked again a few weeks ago. So here is a post describing the sort of symptoms you might see and how to workaround it.     There are two main tools that people turn to when troubleshooting Aero: Running the ‘Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects‘...

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Windows 7 Self Optimizing Boot Process

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Performance | 1 comment

Windows 7 Self Optimizing Boot Process

You may have heard the about the fact that Windows 7 (and actually, Windows Vista too) has improved boot up times over Windows XP and dismissed it as “that there marketing speak”. Surprisingly, it’s actually true! On top of that, the boot process is also optimized over time to make things even faster. This blog post gives a high-level overview of how this works and also provides some actual measurements. The descriptions given in this article are fairly high-level for a number of reasons. I wanted it to be readable for the...

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Windows Performance Toolkit: Simple Boot Logging

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Performance | Comments Off

Troubleshooting slow boots and logons are a common request. In this post I will show you how to perform boot logging using the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) on a Windows 7 machine and perform some basic analysis of it. Preparation First, you need to install the WPT on the machine you wish to examine. Secondly, we will be tracing the boot process all the way until the user has logged in and the desktop is shown. If we rely on quickly and manually logging in we introduce inconsistencies to any timings we do. The simplest solution is to use...

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Windows Performance Toolkit Installation

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Performance | Comments Off

Windows Performance Toolkit Installation

The Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) is a suite of tools designed for measuring and analysing system and application performance on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. They can be used by enterprises to log and analyse clients in order to detect and optimise performance problems. I intend to use the WPT in a number of upcoming articles so this post will cover how to obtain and install it. Unfortunately, the WPT is included as part of the Windows 7 SDK and cannot be downloaded separately, and the SDK download is a...

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Welcome to the AutoIt Consulting Blog!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Site News | Comments Off

Welcome to the AutoIt Consulting Blog!

Welcome to the AutoIt Consulting Blog! This blog will share tips, tricks and scripts related to Microsoft Windows deployment and related technologies. Until we start blogging in earnest, here are some links to some articles done by myself (Jonathan Bennett) for my former employer Microsoft MCS on the excellent Deployment Guys blog. Send us an email if you have any requests for the sort of content you would like to see. Previous Posts on the Deployment Guys Windows 7 VDI Optimization GImageX Dealing With Duplicate User Profile Links in Windows...

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