Installing Software using Collection Commander

In the past days I had to provision a number of clients for testing purposes. A specific set of software also needed to be installed on these clients. At our company when deploying software to computers, the deployment for none mandatory software is always set to “Available” so that users can choose themselves when to install the software via the Software Center. I did not want to logon to each machine and initiate the installation Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 2: Setting up UE-V

As a follow up on my earlier post Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 1: The Road to UE-V in todays’ post I am going to describe how to get UE-V up and running in just a few steps. To conduct this mini proof of concept, you need the following: Access to Active Directory (Group Policy Management and the Users and Computers Console) Access to a File Server to create 2 shares 2 Windows Clients Read More …

Automated Download and Installation for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

Since I am going install the ADK on several clients and servers, I decided to automate that process based on the information found in the MSDN article Installing the Windows ADK Because downloading all the ADK sources from the Microsoft web can take a while, the first task is to only download them and save the locally. Create a folder on your local drive, let’s say C:\DATA\ADKSETUP Then download the ADKSETUP.EXE from the Microsoft download Read More …

ToolTip: .NET Framework Setup Verification Tool

This .NET Framework setup verification tool is designed to automatically perform a set of steps to verify the installation state of one or more versions of the .NET Framework on a computer.  It will verify the presence of files, directories, registry keys and values for the .NET Framework.  It will also verify that simple applications that use the .NET Framework can be run correctly. More details and download links can be found on Aaron Stebner’s Read More …

Managing Windows 8 Metro Style Apps with DISM

As mentioned in my earlier post Windows 8 – What’s new in the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) the DISM tool now also contains commands for managing metro style applications. When running dism.exe /online /? we find the following APPX servicing commands. /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage – Removes AppX packages from the image. AppX packages will not be installed when new user accounts are created. /Add-ProvisionedAppxPackage – Adds AppX packages to the image and sets them Read More …

How to Reset Windows 8 without external media

Yesterday I’ve talked about the Windows 8 Refresh Your PC feature, today I’d like to show how you can reset Windows 8 without using external media. When performing a Reset on a Windows 8 client, you are going to run a complete fresh installation of Windows 8 without preserving any user data or settings. You would use this option before you give back your system to anyone else and want to make sure that there Read More …

Automated Microsoft Security Essentials Installation

For all those that frequently setup test machines and get tired of manually installing the Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0, here’s a straight forward batch file (even a regular user could use) that does the following: Downloads the Microsoft Security Essential 2.0 (x86) installation source file Installs Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Downloads and updates the virus definition signature file   [sourcecode language=”plain”] @ECHO OFF Echo Downloading Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 (x86) start /wait bitsadmin /TRANSFER MSE20 Read More …

Prevent the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from formatting the USB flash drive

If you want to install Windows 7 from USB you can use Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool which you can download from here. By default the tool requires that the USB disk is being erased before copying the Windows 7 installation media, hence you get the following messages.   This is a bit laborious, because sometimes you might want to store some additional files on your installation media, instead of having to store it Read More …

ReadTip: For IT professionals: Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft recently published a deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2010. The content in this book is a copy of selected content from the Office 2010 Resource Kit Technical library. Download the guide from here