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About bjhs

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  1. Hello, Some time ago, I deployed a MDT for helping me create a new image for our labs. Now, I deployed the SCE2010, it's working great so far. Both are really great tools, but I have some questions. Where should I deploy the applications so I can have a zero touch installation? In the MDT or the SCE? The lab image has lots of applications, and each semester we deploy a new one for updating purposes. So far, I'm thinking that maybe it's best if I use MDT for deployment with everything and just use SCE to the occasional deployment of stuff outside of the semester updates. I'm fairly new to all t
  2. Based on this tuturial: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmodin/archive/2010/02/03/how-to-extend-the-mdt-2010-database-with-custom-settings.aspx The answer to my problem CAN be as simples as referencing as a Property the campus that I want like for example: Property=XResolution,YResolution and then do: XResolution=%XResolution% YResolution=%YResolution% Can't test it now as a image is being built and it will take a while, but can it be that simple? Regards
  3. Hello! I'm using MDT 2010 to deploy some workstations. I'm also using the MDT database to apply the correct name to the machine based on the mac address of the machine. However, during the population of the DB, I also added the default resolution for each machine. My problem now rests on how to query the DB for that information on the customsettings.ini. The variables to alter are for example: BitsPerPel=32 VRefresh=60 XResolution=1280 YResolution=1024 This works and are also set in the DB, so, is there a way to query the DB for such details? Has anyone worked on something close to this? Thank
  4. Hello! This post hasn't much to do with the question posed, but has everything to do with the post title. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/enterprise/deploypack.aspx This tool allow to create a unattended installation of wmp. I've tried it in win xp and it works great (installed wmp11), on windows 7 it crashed. Hope someone find this usefull! Cheers
  5. Hello, Just wanted to share a little information I just got. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/bb219517.aspx This can create a fully automated instalation of IE8, with everything custom carved. Great tool! Regards
  6. Back! You were right! MDT is really good for OS Deployments. But now I have 2 questions MDT related... Can I ask them here or is there a more propper place? It is related with the computer naming on the domain (how to give proper name to each computer), and who to do a complete unattended install even in the pxe boot (I have to choose the task to deploy in the beginning). Thanks in advance! Regards
  7. Ok. I am convinced. Currently I'm installing a new win2k8 to do that. Maybe tomorrow I'll tell my experience with it. As for the Ghost, there is a neat trick to save us of going around with media to boot it up. Ghost doesn't recognize exotic file types, such as razer-fs so the partition doesn't end up expanded, and the can install ghost client there. Next we hide the partition, and use grub to unhide and boot it on demand. This can be done by editing the grub properties files, using ssh to linux for example. As for WSUS, do you make updates do 3 party apps with it as well? If so, that is awes
  8. Thanks for the quick reply. The deployment method is ghost. That is done because of the partition scheme needed for our setup and the need of a multiboot enviroment. From what I've read in the past, WDS doesn't deploy a Linux without some sort of hack. I would like to avoid that. So the plan is, create a xp image with some tweaks, install everything needed, sysprep that, create a image of the sysprep'ed system with ghost and the broadcast it to the labs. This has worked before with other sysadmins. As for the C:\Programs Files to C:\Programs, I've seen this option on nLite, and I would really
  9. Hello, I'm trying to create a slipstreamed image to be deployed in several college labs. I'm following this (very good) guide: http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp My base source is a Win XP SP3. But I've come to a stall... I think before I slipstream Hotfixes about IE8 and WMP11 I must first slipstream those. Is that correct? Assuming it is correct, I would like to ask how to slipstream IE8 manually. Another thing I need is changing the Program Files folder to something like \Programs. I haven't found this information yet, and as I'm on a limited time schedule, I would like to ask if any
  10. Thanks for the clarifications. Nonetheless, as a future reference, nLite program has a problem with the modification of the Program Files path.
  11. New try. Just changed the Program Files path, and the Documents and Settings. Still no luck. Ideas? last session.ini
  12. Done! When he replies I'll post the answer. As for the problem I'm having? Any more idea? Regards
  13. bjhs, I see a number of problems, so I will ask you to run some experiments on your VM. First, please see my attached Help (very useful, see ? in circle next to many options) for the ProgFilesPath option in Unattended section. Environmental variables are not permitted. You are running nLite under Vista (or W7) and this can be a problem especially if you are integrating a Service Pack. I don't see your doing this and if you started with a fresh copy of you source, as you say, it already contained SP3 - true? A big problem is that you have included updates to IE8 but did not include IE8. T
  14. bjhs, welcome. Please attach your Last Session.ini as requested in BOLD RED letters above. Have you run nLite more than once against the same source? . Always start with a fresh copy of your CD files/folders and run nLite only once. Enjoy, John. I'm sorry. Here it goes my last try. *Edit* I've tried the nLite ISO with VMWare, in both SCSI disks and IDE. Same results. In regard for the Windows Source, for each iteration i've started with a fresh copy. last session.ini
  15. Hello! I have the same problem. I just wanted to change the Program Files folder to just Programs. The reason is simple, I don't want to deal with the +8letters path and the whitespace, because I'll be probable I'll have to script something or some exotic program will have trouble with that. So, using NLite, in the unattended options, I've done several tries. I've tried: \Programs C:\Programs %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs This is always correctly displayed in the winnt.sif. The type of unattended mode was on fully automated. Yet, whenever I install it, the default directory always revert do C:\Progra
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