Issue with MDT 2010 Update 1 and Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 Supplement

Deployment master Michael Niehaus has created a nice post on Windows 7 SP1. Be sure to read his original post here.. With the release of the Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 supplement (see http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2011/02/17/windows-aik-for-windows-7-sp1-released.aspx for details), there is a new version 3.1 version of Windows PE available.  If you plan to install this update,…

New Optimized Desktop Resources

New post over on The Deployment Guys blog. Read the original post here. Over the past couple of weeks some new resources have come online for helping to understand and deliver the Microsoft Optimized Desktop Solution. Optimized Desktop is about delivering a flexible environment to a user based on their requirements and encompasses delivery of…

MDT Debugger 2.0

Daniel Oxy over on The Deployment Guys has posted a new version of the MDT Debugger tool. Be sure to check out his post and download the tool over here. Back in March of last year, I posted the MDT Debugger as a time/stress and frustration saving tool useful for debugging the scripts you develop…

Building a Low Memory Virtual Router in #Win7

In lab and test environments it’s often useful to be able to provide a configuration which can emulate multiple physical locations. Examples of this include testing a multiple site Active Directory configuration or to showing the impact of network latency on applications. Historically I have used a Windows 98 system to provide this functionality (definitely…

MMS 2011: Operations Manager Evolution-Creating a Custom Synthetic Transaction in System Center Operations Manager 2007 (#SCOM)

As part of the Operations Manager Evolution presentation at MMS this year (BB37), we created a custom synthetic transaction which determined health based upon events logged on a computer running the Operations Manager agent. Initially these were created as a monitor on the agent but the result was an impact on the health of the…

Agile Test Automation – How Much is Enough?

I recently had the opportunity to sit on a panel that discussed the possibilities and limitations of test automation, especially in the context of agile projects. The conversation focused primarily on automated test tools used for functional testing rather than the tools used for unit testing. There were 5 panelists and more than 80 audience…