MDT

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Now Available

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Mon, 10/21/2013 - 11:00

The Client Management team is pleased to announce the availability of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013. The installer, release notes and updated documentation are available now on the Microsoft Download Center.

MDT 2013 requires the use of the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 which is also available for download.

We encourage you to download and use this new version for deploying Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7, and integrating with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. You can also continue to submit feedback via the MDT group of the Client Management program on Connect.

Additionally, please note the MDT Support Lifecycle is also now available.

As always, visit www.microsoft.com/mdt for more information on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

--Aaron Czechowski, Senior Program Manager (@AaronCzechowski)

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confers no rights.

 

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MDT 2013: What’s changed?

I did a session at TechEd New Zealand a few weeks ago talking about what’s changed in MDT 2013.  As part of that session, I put together a list of all the changes in the MDT 2013 release, comparing all the scripts and configuration files, looking through all the bugs fixed, etc.  Since that information might be useful to others (at minimum to convince people that this is a rather low-risk upgrade if you are deploying Windows 7 and above and using ConfigMgr 2012 R2), the list is included below.

Scripts

DeployWiz_LanguageUI.xml. Fixed Brazilian Portugese keyboard layout references.

LTIApply.wsf. Fixed issues with UEFI x86 and UEFI prestaged media deployments.

InternationalSettings.xml. Fixed Russian Standard Time text to correctly indicate UTC+04:00.

OSDBranding(x64).vbs. Added logic to ensure only app variables are branded to the registry.

ServerManager.xml. Updated role list to add Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 roles and features, removed entries for OSes that are no longer supported.

ZTIDataAccess.vbs. Modified logic to try all ConfigMgr R2 network access accounts.

ZTIExecuteRunbook.vbs. Modified logic to try all ConfigMgr R2 network access accounts.

ZTIOSRole.wsf. Added logic to install Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 roles and features.

ZTIPSUtility.vbs. Modified logic to handle new PowerShell versions.

ZTISupportedPlatforms.xml. Modified to match OS versions supported by MDT 2013.

ZTIUtility.vbs. Modified logic to try all ConfigMgr R2 network access accounts.

Task sequence templates

SCCM_Client.xml, SCCM_Server.xml. Fixed UEFI format steps to set OSDTemporaryDrive and OSDisk variables, removed Windows XP/Server 2003 format steps.

Other files

BDDAdminDB.sql. Modified the application field name to allow for names up to 255 characters.

Unattend_(x86/x64).xml. Removed IE welcome page setting, added replacement IE settings.

GPO packs. Removed all the GPO packs.

Bug fixes

Fixed error while updating winpeshl.ini when DaRT is included in boot images.

Fixed issue with locating DaRT remote control viewer.

Removed ConfigMgr 2007 from integration wizard.

That’s the list.  If a particular script file isn’t listed, it hasn’t changed (except for the version number).  There were some other behind-the-scenes changes (e.g. to support ADK for Windows 8.1), but you won’t notice those.

Remember that MDT 2013 only supports deployment of WIndows 7 or above, using ADK for Windows 8.1 only, and doesn’t support any version of ConfigMgr prior to 2012 R2.  If you are still deploying Windows XP or Windows Vista, or using ConfigMgr 2007 or 2012 SP1, keep using MDT 2012 Update 1, which is still supported.

Also, be sure to read the list of known issues in the release notes.

Categories: MDT

MDT 2013: What’s changed?

I did a session at TechEd New Zealand a few weeks ago talking about what’s changed in MDT 2013.  As part of that session, I put together a list of all the changes in the MDT 2013 release, comparing all the scripts and configuration files, looking through all the bugs fixed, etc.  Since that information might be useful to others (at minimum to convince people that this is a rather low-risk upgrade if you are deploying Windows 7 and above and using ConfigMgr 2012 R2), the list is included below.

Scripts

DeployWiz_LanguageUI.xml. Fixed Brazilian Portugese keyboard layout references.

LTIApply.wsf. Fixed issues with UEFI x86 and UEFI prestaged media deployments.

InternationalSettings.xml. Fixed Russian Standard Time text to correctly indicate UTC+04:00.

OSDBranding(x64).vbs. Added logic to ensure only app variables are branded to the registry.

ServerManager.xml. Updated role list to add Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 roles and features, removed entries for OSes that are no longer supported.

ZTIDataAccess.vbs. Modified logic to try all ConfigMgr R2 network access accounts.

ZTIExecuteRunbook.vbs. Modified logic to try all ConfigMgr R2 network access accounts.

ZTIOSRole.wsf. Added logic to install Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 roles and features.

ZTIPSUtility.vbs. Modified logic to handle new PowerShell versions.

ZTISupportedPlatforms.xml. Modified to match OS versions supported by MDT 2013.

ZTIUtility.vbs. Modified logic to try all ConfigMgr R2 network access accounts.

Task sequence templates

SCCM_Client.xml, SCCM_Server.xml. Fixed UEFI format steps to set OSDTemporaryDrive and OSDisk variables, removed Windows XP/Server 2003 format steps.

Other files

BDDAdminDB.sql. Modified the application field name to allow for names up to 255 characters.

Unattend_(x86/x64).xml. Removed IE welcome page setting, added replacement IE settings.

GPO packs. Removed all the GPO packs.

Bug fixes

Fixed error while updating winpeshl.ini when DaRT is included in boot images.

Fixed issue with locating DaRT remote control viewer.

Removed ConfigMgr 2007 from integration wizard.

That’s the list.  If a particular script file isn’t listed, it hasn’t changed (except for the version number).  There were some other behind-the-scenes changes (e.g. to support ADK for Windows 8.1), but you won’t notice those.

Remember that MDT 2013 only supports deployment of WIndows 7 or above, using ADK for Windows 8.1 only, and doesn’t support any version of ConfigMgr prior to 2012 R2.  If you are still deploying Windows XP or Windows Vista, or using ConfigMgr 2007 or 2012 SP1, keep using MDT 2012 Update 1, which is still supported.

Also, be sure to read the list of known issues in the release notes.

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 is here

The Deployment Bunny - Fri, 10/18/2013 - 14:37

Download from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40796

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 is a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2013 supports deployment of Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Feature Summary

  • Deploy Windows and Office with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:
  • Unified tools and processes, including a set of guidance, for deploying desktops and servers in a common deployment console.
  • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images

Some of the key changes in MDT 2013 are:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1.
  • Support for deployment of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Support for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
  • Improved support x86-based Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) systems.

Happy deployment my friends

/mike


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Announcing the General Availability of System Center 2012 R2: Management Delivered

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:00

The Cloud OS vision combines Microsoft knowledge and experiences with today’s trends and technology innovations to deliver a modern platform of products and services that helps organizations transform their current server environment into a highly elastic, scalable, and reliable cloud infrastructure. Utilizing the software that powers the Cloud OS vision, organizations can quickly and flexibly build and manage modern applications across platforms, locations, and devices, unlock insights from volumes of existing and new data, and support end-user productivity wherever and on whatever device they choose. At the heart of Cloud OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. 

System Center 2012 R2 effectively manages the scale and performance that Windows Server 2012 R2 offers.  Building on System Center 2012, this release enables at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, including running VM snapshots, dynamic VHDX resize, and Storage Spaces.  

System Center 2012 R2 also extends software-defined networking in Windows Server 2012 R2 with provisioning and management support for a multitenant VPN gateway to enable seamless extension of datacenter capacity.  System Center 2012 R2 will continue to help you provision and manage a flexible hybrid IT environment that adapts dynamically to changing business needs, including migrating workloads to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and managing them consistently.

We’re very proud of the releases of Windows 8.1 and Window 8.1 RT, and the enhancements they bring.   System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune fully support these new versions of Windows, and Windows Server 2012 R2 helps enable greater mobility and access through features including Workplace Join and Work Folders.

What to do next?

If you haven’t begun evaluating System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Intune, it’s a great time to start. 

Let us know what you think – stay engaged in the communities, and share your success stories.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Announcing the General Availability of System Center 2012 R2: Management Delivered

The USMT team blog - Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:00

The Cloud OS vision combines Microsoft knowledge and experiences with today’s trends and technology innovations to deliver a modern platform of products and services that helps organizations transform their current server environment into a highly elastic, scalable, and reliable cloud infrastructure. Utilizing the software that powers the Cloud OS vision, organizations can quickly and flexibly build and manage modern applications across platforms, locations, and devices, unlock insights from volumes of existing and new data, and support end-user productivity wherever and on whatever device they choose. At the heart of Cloud OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. 

System Center 2012 R2 effectively manages the scale and performance that Windows Server 2012 R2 offers.  Building on System Center 2012, this release enables at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, including running VM snapshots, dynamic VHDX resize, and Storage Spaces.  

System Center 2012 R2 also extends software-defined networking in Windows Server 2012 R2 with provisioning and management support for a multitenant VPN gateway to enable seamless extension of datacenter capacity.  System Center 2012 R2 will continue to help you provision and manage a flexible hybrid IT environment that adapts dynamically to changing business needs, including migrating workloads to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and managing them consistently.

We’re very proud of the releases of Windows 8.1 and Window 8.1 RT, and the enhancements they bring.   System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune fully support these new versions of Windows, and Windows Server 2012 R2 helps enable greater mobility and access through features including Workplace Join and Work Folders.

What to do next?

If you haven’t begun evaluating System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Intune, it’s a great time to start. 

Let us know what you think – stay engaged in the communities, and share your success stories.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Categories: MDT

Announcing the General Availability of System Center 2012 R2: Management Delivered

The Cloud OS vision combines Microsoft knowledge and experiences with today’s trends and technology innovations to deliver a modern platform of products and services that helps organizations transform their current server environment into a highly elastic, scalable, and reliable cloud infrastructure. Utilizing the software that powers the Cloud OS vision, organizations can quickly and flexibly build and manage modern applications across platforms, locations, and devices, unlock insights from volumes of existing and new data, and support end-user productivity wherever and on whatever device they choose. At the heart of Cloud OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. 

System Center 2012 R2 effectively manages the scale and performance that Windows Server 2012 R2 offers.  Building on System Center 2012, this release enables at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, including running VM snapshots, dynamic VHDX resize, and Storage Spaces.  

System Center 2012 R2 also extends software-defined networking in Windows Server 2012 R2 with provisioning and management support for a multitenant VPN gateway to enable seamless extension of datacenter capacity.  System Center 2012 R2 will continue to help you provision and manage a flexible hybrid IT environment that adapts dynamically to changing business needs, including migrating workloads to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and managing them consistently.

We’re very proud of the releases of Windows 8.1 and Window 8.1 RT, and the enhancements they bring.   System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune fully support these new versions of Windows, and Windows Server 2012 R2 helps enable greater mobility and access through features including Workplace Join and Work Folders.

What to do next?

If you haven’t begun evaluating System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Intune, it’s a great time to start. 

Let us know what you think – stay engaged in the communities, and share your success stories.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Categories: MDT

Announcing the General Availability of System Center 2012 R2: Management Delivered

The Deployment Guys - Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:00

The Cloud OS vision combines Microsoft knowledge and experiences with today’s trends and technology innovations to deliver a modern platform of products and services that helps organizations transform their current server environment into a highly elastic, scalable, and reliable cloud infrastructure. Utilizing the software that powers the Cloud OS vision, organizations can quickly and flexibly build and manage modern applications across platforms, locations, and devices, unlock insights from volumes of existing and new data, and support end-user productivity wherever and on whatever device they choose. At the heart of Cloud OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

Today, we are pleased to announce the general availability of System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. 

System Center 2012 R2 effectively manages the scale and performance that Windows Server 2012 R2 offers.  Building on System Center 2012, this release enables at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, including running VM snapshots, dynamic VHDX resize, and Storage Spaces.  

System Center 2012 R2 also extends software-defined networking in Windows Server 2012 R2 with provisioning and management support for a multitenant VPN gateway to enable seamless extension of datacenter capacity.  System Center 2012 R2 will continue to help you provision and manage a flexible hybrid IT environment that adapts dynamically to changing business needs, including migrating workloads to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and managing them consistently.

We’re very proud of the releases of Windows 8.1 and Window 8.1 RT, and the enhancements they bring.   System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune fully support these new versions of Windows, and Windows Server 2012 R2 helps enable greater mobility and access through features including Workplace Join and Work Folders.

What to do next?

If you haven’t begun evaluating System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Intune, it’s a great time to start. 

Let us know what you think – stay engaged in the communities, and share your success stories.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Migrate DHCP from WS 2012 to WS 2012 R2

The Deployment Bunny - Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:14

If you work as a consultant and charge by the hour, this is not something that will make you very rich…

Step-By-Step

Start an elevated PowerShell prompt

  • Execute the following command to save configuration and leases to a file
  • Export-DhcpServer -File C:\DHCPMigdata\DHCPdata.xml -Leases -Force -ComputerName old.network.local –Verbose
  • Execute the following to import that configuration in the new server
  • Import-DhcpServer -File C:\DHCPMigdata\DHCPdata.xml -BackupPath C:\DHCPMigdata\ -Leases -ScopeOverwrite -Force -ComputerName new.network.local –Verbose

Done

/mike


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Nice to Know: How to change from Evaluation to the real stuff in Windows Server 2012 R2

The Deployment Bunny - Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:21

Yes it is possible to perform with no strange tools at all. Before you start you need to have your product key (either a MAK or a KMS client key)

Step-by-Step
  • Start an elevated command or powershell prompt.
  • Execute “slmgr /dlv” to get information on the current status.

  • Execute “dism /online /get-currentedition” to get the current edition, it should be an Evaledition

  • Restart the server (it will reboot twice)
  • Done

/mike


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Cloud OS Community Relay (UK)

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Wed, 10/16/2013 - 13:31

Join Microsoft and a panel of MVP speakers at the Cloud OS Relay, to learn about the Cloud OS and how this technology suite from Microsoft can transform your business. Speakers such as Gordon McKenna, David Allen, Damian Flynn, and Simon Skinner and more will be covering all things Cloud OS! The big topics of these sessions will be:

  • Windows Hyper-V
  • Servicing the Private Cloud
  • System Center in Action
  • Windows Azure Pack
  • System Center: Operations Manager
  • System Center: Configuration Manager

Simon Skinner, one of our Cloud and Datacenter MVP will be hosting these sessions throughout the UK at the following locations:

Where and when are the events;

  • 11/11/13 Reading Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG  - Register
  • 12/11/13 Southampton Wells Place Centre, Wells Place, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5LJ - Register
  • 13/11/13 Cardiff Bay Creative Centre, Aberdare House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5FJ - Register
  • 14/11/13 Birmingham Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QG - Register
  • 15/11/13 Hemel Hempstead Shendish Manor, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3 0AA - Register  
  • 25/11/13 Newcastle St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST - Register
  • 26/11/13 Manchester Mechanics Conference Centre, 103 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6DD - Register
  • 27/11/13 Norwich The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH - Register
  • 28/11/13 Bristol Thistle Bristol City Centre,The Grand, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EL - Register
  • 29/11/13 London Microsoft, Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL - Register

You can find out more details, and see any additional dates at http://www.cloudoscommunity.com/cloudOSrelay

/Enjoy!

Christian Booth (ChBooth) | Sr. Program Manager | System Center

Program Lead: System Center: Cloud & Datacenter MVP

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Cloud OS Community Relay (UK)

The USMT team blog - Wed, 10/16/2013 - 13:31

Join Microsoft and a panel of MVP speakers at the Cloud OS Relay, to learn about the Cloud OS and how this technology suite from Microsoft can transform your business. Speakers such as Gordon McKenna, David Allen, Damian Flynn, and Simon Skinner and more will be covering all things Cloud OS! The big topics of these sessions will be:

  • Windows Hyper-V
  • Servicing the Private Cloud
  • System Center in Action
  • Windows Azure Pack
  • System Center: Operations Manager
  • System Center: Configuration Manager

Simon Skinner, one of our Cloud and Datacenter MVP will be hosting these sessions throughout the UK at the following locations:

Where and when are the events;

  • 11/11/13 Reading Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG  - Register
  • 12/11/13 Southampton Wells Place Centre, Wells Place, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5LJ - Register
  • 13/11/13 Cardiff Bay Creative Centre, Aberdare House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5FJ - Register
  • 14/11/13 Birmingham Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QG - Register
  • 15/11/13 Hemel Hempstead Shendish Manor, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3 0AA - Register  
  • 25/11/13 Newcastle St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST - Register
  • 26/11/13 Manchester Mechanics Conference Centre, 103 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6DD - Register
  • 27/11/13 Norwich The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH - Register
  • 28/11/13 Bristol Thistle Bristol City Centre,The Grand, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EL - Register
  • 29/11/13 London Microsoft, Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL - Register

You can find out more details, and see any additional dates at http://www.cloudoscommunity.com/cloudOSrelay

/Enjoy!

Christian Booth (ChBooth) | Sr. Program Manager | System Center

Program Lead: System Center: Cloud & Datacenter MVP

Categories: MDT

Cloud OS Community Relay (UK)

Join Microsoft and a panel of MVP speakers at the Cloud OS Relay, to learn about the Cloud OS and how this technology suite from Microsoft can transform your business. Speakers such as Gordon McKenna, David Allen, Damian Flynn, and Simon Skinner and more will be covering all things Cloud OS! The big topics of these sessions will be:

  • Windows Hyper-V
  • Servicing the Private Cloud
  • System Center in Action
  • Windows Azure Pack
  • System Center: Operations Manager
  • System Center: Configuration Manager

Simon Skinner, one of our Cloud and Datacenter MVP will be hosting these sessions throughout the UK at the following locations:

Where and when are the events;

  • 11/11/13 Reading Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG  - Register
  • 12/11/13 Southampton Wells Place Centre, Wells Place, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5LJ - Register
  • 13/11/13 Cardiff Bay Creative Centre, Aberdare House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5FJ - Register
  • 14/11/13 Birmingham Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QG - Register
  • 15/11/13 Hemel Hempstead Shendish Manor, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3 0AA - Register  
  • 25/11/13 Newcastle St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST - Register
  • 26/11/13 Manchester Mechanics Conference Centre, 103 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6DD - Register
  • 27/11/13 Norwich The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH - Register
  • 28/11/13 Bristol Thistle Bristol City Centre,The Grand, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EL - Register
  • 29/11/13 London Microsoft, Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL - Register

You can find out more details, and see any additional dates at http://www.cloudoscommunity.com/cloudOSrelay

/Enjoy!

Christian Booth (ChBooth) | Sr. Program Manager | System Center

Program Lead: System Center: Cloud & Datacenter MVP

Categories: MDT

Cloud OS Community Relay (UK)

The Deployment Guys - Wed, 10/16/2013 - 13:31

Join Microsoft and a panel of MVP speakers at the Cloud OS Relay, to learn about the Cloud OS and how this technology suite from Microsoft can transform your business. Speakers such as Gordon McKenna, David Allen, Damian Flynn, and Simon Skinner and more will be covering all things Cloud OS! The big topics of these sessions will be:

  • Windows Hyper-V
  • Servicing the Private Cloud
  • System Center in Action
  • Windows Azure Pack
  • System Center: Operations Manager
  • System Center: Configuration Manager

Simon Skinner, one of our Cloud and Datacenter MVP will be hosting these sessions throughout the UK at the following locations:

Where and when are the events;

  • 11/11/13 Reading Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG  - Register
  • 12/11/13 Southampton Wells Place Centre, Wells Place, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5LJ - Register
  • 13/11/13 Cardiff Bay Creative Centre, Aberdare House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5FJ - Register
  • 14/11/13 Birmingham Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QG - Register
  • 15/11/13 Hemel Hempstead Shendish Manor, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3 0AA - Register  
  • 25/11/13 Newcastle St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST - Register
  • 26/11/13 Manchester Mechanics Conference Centre, 103 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6DD - Register
  • 27/11/13 Norwich The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH - Register
  • 28/11/13 Bristol Thistle Bristol City Centre,The Grand, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EL - Register
  • 29/11/13 London Microsoft, Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL - Register

You can find out more details, and see any additional dates at http://www.cloudoscommunity.com/cloudOSrelay

/Enjoy!

Christian Booth (ChBooth) | Sr. Program Manager | System Center

Program Lead: System Center: Cloud & Datacenter MVP

Categories: MDT

Easy Windows Updating on Server Core from PowerShell!

cluberti.com - Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:40

Are you running Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012, or 2012R2?  If you can, you should be.  And if you are, or just like using PowerShell for everything, you should really take a look at the Windows Update PowerShell module available from the TechNet Script Center, by MVP Michal Gajda.  It’s gotten quite good over the last few revisions, and I find myself loathing working on systems where it’s not been installed.

If you want an easy way to go about updating your Windows installations from PowerShell (locally or remotely), consider giving this add-on a try.  I think you’ll like it.

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/2d191bcd-3308-4edd-9de2-88dff796b0bc

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Configure Coretech Application E-Mail Approval tool to always use the fallback mail

Coretech Blog » Kent Agerlund - Tue, 10/15/2013 - 08:50
As you can read in this blog post – we recently released a new version of our E-Mail approval tool. One of the new features in the tool is to configure a fallback address. You can either specify a Manager as the approver or a fallback group like Servicedesk. In order to configure the tool […]
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Figuring out your NUMA topology with Hyper-V

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Mon, 10/14/2013 - 19:46

I was recently asked how you should go about determining the NUMA topology of a physical computer, for the purposes of planning a Hyper-V deployment.  This is something that is normally quite tricky to do – so we actually included this information directly into the Hyper-V PowerShell interface to make it easier for people.

What you want to do is to open a PowerShell window and run:

$numa = (get-vmhost).HostNumaStatus

You can then get the number of NUMA nodes on your computer by running:

$numa.length

You can also get detailed information about the number of CPU cores and the amount of memory on each NUMA node by running:

$numa | select NodeID, MemoryTotal, @{name="Cores per node"; expression={$_.ProcessorsAvailability.length}}

(note – you can have NUMA nodes with different amounts of memory / CPU cores in a single computer).

If I run this on my (single NUMA node) computer I get the following information:

Cheers,
Ben

Categories: MDT

Redirect hides browser extension

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog - Fri, 10/11/2013 - 19:45

​While analyzing a malicious Chrome browser extension we recently came across a Virtool that tries to redirect the Chrome Extension page.

We detect it as VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A.

VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A won’t let you view, change, remove or uninstall Chrome browser extensions. It does this by stopping you from viewing the Chrome Extension page.

It uses this technique so an affected user won’t be able to remove or uninstall the malicious extension without help from their antimalware software. This makes VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A a useful piece of code for any malicious Chrome browser extension that wants to avoid manual detection or removal.

When an affected user does try to view the Chrome browser extension page they are redirected. We have seen it open a new tab, or go to the Chrome web store or Google.com:

  • Chrome://newtab

  • Chrome.google.com/webstore

  • http://google.com

We have also seen similar behaviour used by the following known malicious Chrome browser extensions:

Once VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A is detected and removed, you should be able to go to the Chrome extension page.

We recommend you then check and uninstall any suspicious browser extension that might be linked to VirTool:JS/Redichrex.A or other malware. We also recommend keeping your security products up-to-date to avoid infection. 

While this new trick makes it harder to remove the Virtool manually, it is still easily detected and removed by Microsoft Security software.

SHA1s:

5a72d55f6b6c467565a2a53fe7ecb08beb996947
59131b62bb58bf80ab83e7f6522689ed38553cfb
0b516d26316c889a3468b92b4e376573567a822c

Jonathan San Jose

MMPC

Categories: MDT

Redirect hides browser extension

The USMT team blog - Fri, 10/11/2013 - 19:45

​While analyzing a malicious Chrome browser extension we recently came across a Virtool that tries to redirect the Chrome Extension page.

We detect it as VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A.

VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A won’t let you view, change, remove or uninstall Chrome browser extensions. It does this by stopping you from viewing the Chrome Extension page.

It uses this technique so an affected user won’t be able to remove or uninstall the malicious extension without help from their antimalware software. This makes VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A a useful piece of code for any malicious Chrome browser extension that wants to avoid manual detection or removal.

When an affected user does try to view the Chrome browser extension page they are redirected. We have seen it open a new tab, or go to the Chrome web store or Google.com:

  • Chrome://newtab

  • Chrome.google.com/webstore

  • http://google.com

We have also seen similar behaviour used by the following known malicious Chrome browser extensions:

Once VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A is detected and removed, you should be able to go to the Chrome extension page.

We recommend you then check and uninstall any suspicious browser extension that might be linked to VirTool:JS/Redichrex.A or other malware. We also recommend keeping your security products up-to-date to avoid infection. 

While this new trick makes it harder to remove the Virtool manually, it is still easily detected and removed by Microsoft Security software.

SHA1s:

5a72d55f6b6c467565a2a53fe7ecb08beb996947
59131b62bb58bf80ab83e7f6522689ed38553cfb
0b516d26316c889a3468b92b4e376573567a822c

Jonathan San Jose

MMPC

Categories: MDT

Redirect hides browser extension

​While analyzing a malicious Chrome browser extension we recently came across a Virtool that tries to redirect the Chrome Extension page.

We detect it as VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A.

VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A won’t let you view, change, remove or uninstall Chrome browser extensions. It does this by stopping you from viewing the Chrome Extension page.

It uses this technique so an affected user won’t be able to remove or uninstall the malicious extension without help from their antimalware software. This makes VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A a useful piece of code for any malicious Chrome browser extension that wants to avoid manual detection or removal.

When an affected user does try to view the Chrome browser extension page they are redirected. We have seen it open a new tab, or go to the Chrome web store or Google.com:

  • Chrome://newtab

  • Chrome.google.com/webstore

  • http://google.com

We have also seen similar behaviour used by the following known malicious Chrome browser extensions:

Once VirTool:JS/Redichrextor.A is detected and removed, you should be able to go to the Chrome extension page.

We recommend you then check and uninstall any suspicious browser extension that might be linked to VirTool:JS/Redichrex.A or other malware. We also recommend keeping your security products up-to-date to avoid infection. 

While this new trick makes it harder to remove the Virtool manually, it is still easily detected and removed by Microsoft Security software.

SHA1s:

5a72d55f6b6c467565a2a53fe7ecb08beb996947
59131b62bb58bf80ab83e7f6522689ed38553cfb
0b516d26316c889a3468b92b4e376573567a822c

Jonathan San Jose

MMPC

Categories: MDT

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