SPRINGBOARD SERIES TOUR Microsoft Windows, Office and MDOP Deployment Workshops


Microsoft Windows, Office and MDOP Deployment Workshops


Amsterdam – 25 Oct | Stockholm – 27 Oct | Helsinki – 29 Oct | Reading – 1 Nov | Rome – 3 Nov | Vienna – 4 Nov

The Microsoft Get On the Bus Tour is taking a winter hiatus to bring you a new tour – the Springboard Series Tour: Microsoft Windows, Office and MDOP Deployment Workshops!  Amsterdam marks our first stop on a 6-city European tour, en route to TechEd Europe, in Berlin, Germany. Are you looking to plan, pilot or deploy Windows and Office? Our workshops will cover the Office 2010, key deployment strategies for Windows 7, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, as well as show you the value of getting trained and certified in these key products.

Learn why Windows 7 has received rave reviews from IT organizations and is setting records as the fastest selling operating system in history, and find out why so many IT Pros are ready to deploy Office 2010. Give us five hours, and you will have a clear understanding of the tools, tips and tricks you need now to jumpstart the successful deployment and management of your Windows desktop environment today. Come join members of the Windows and Office US Product Teams, as well as local Microsoft Technology Evangelists for technical training, professional networking, and real world guidance. Don’t miss your chance to attend a workshop in the 2010 Springboard Series Tour, register today at www.springboardseriestour.com.

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Deploying Remote Desktop Connection Broker with High Availability


This guide is intended for IT professionals, and tells how to configure Remote Desktop Connection Broker in a failover cluster. The configuration provides users with access to personal virtual desktops or virtual machines in a virtual desktop pool through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection

A failover cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to increase the availability of applications and services. The clustered servers (called nodes) are connected by physical cables and by software. If one of the cluster nodes fails, another node begins to provide service (a process known as failover). Users experience a minimum of disruptions in service. This guide describes the steps for configuring Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker) in a failover cluster, as part of a configuration that provides users with access to personal virtual desktops or virtual machines in a virtual desktop pool through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection. As you work with the configuration in this guide, you can also learn about failover clusters and familiarize yourself with the Failover Cluster Manager snap-in in Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise or Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter.

Deploying Remote Desktop Connection Broker with High Availability  click here: Start download

Failover of clustered RD Connection Broker






Servers providing a virtual desktop


1. The user requests a connection to a virtual desktop, either a personal virtual desktop or one from a virtual desktop pool.

2. The RD Gateway receives the request.

3. The RD Gateway sends the request to a virtual machine redirector (that is, RD Session Host running in virtual machine redirection mode). The virtual machine redirector informs RD Connection Broker, and then waits for the IP address of a virtual machine.

4. RD Connection Broker requests information about a virtual machine from the RD Virtualization Host.

5. RD Connection Broker receives information about a virtual machine and then provides that information to the virtual machine redirector.

6. The virtual machine redirector communicates through the RD Gateway, providing the client with the IP address and connection information for a virtual desktop.

7. The client connects to a virtual desktop.

8. The virtual desktop is displayed on the client.

The following illustration shows the same sequence of events occurring despite the failure of one node of the cluster. Because a second cluster node is still running, it can respond to client requests as they occur.

Figure 3   Servers providing a virtual desktop after a failure


Cluster Screen Shots




RDP Connection Options



Additional Links

· Remote Desktop Services (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154440)

· What’s New in Remote Desktop Services (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=185916)

· Install the RD Session Host Role Service (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=185917)

· About Dedicated Farm Redirection and Virtual Machine Redirection (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=185918)

· Remote Desktop Connection Broker (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=185919)

· Verify Connection broker cluster configuration (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=188508)

· Remote Desktop Services Script Repository (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=190312)

Microsoft Takes Desktop Management to the Cloud: Introducing Windows Intune


This beta is limited to 1,000 customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Customers will be able to sign up until May 16, 2010. The beta may be used on up to 20 devices.

PC Management & Security Windows Intune Beta


Windows Intune simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7—so your computers and users can operate at peak performance. Windows Intune delivers cloud-based management and security capabilities that can be administered through a single Web-based console, enabling your end users and your IT staff to work from virtually anywhere-all that’s required is an Internet connection.

Windows Intune screenshot

Remote workers in multiple locations. Multiple PC configurations. Limited resources. These are just a few of the challenges that face businesses just like yours every day. Windows Intune™ is a new solution that can help you address these challenges, taking PC management to a whole new level of simplicity. With its powerful combination of Windows® cloud services, Windows software, and advanced on-site tools, Windows Intune offers a comprehensive solution to help keep your PCs and end users operating at peak performance

Windows Intune is a comprehensive solution that includes PC management, malware protection, Windows upgrades, and more.

Use the Windows Intune cloud service beta to:

  • Manage updates
  • Protect PCs from malware
  • Proactively monitor PCs
  • Provide remote assistance
  • Track hardware & software inventory
  • Set security policies

This beta is limited to 1,000 customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Customers will be able to sign up until May 16, 2010. The beta may be used on up to 20 devices.


Get the Beta

Sign up for a beta of Windows Intune with your Windows Live ID.http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff472080.aspx?ITPID=mscomgl


Deployment part 1

Lately I’m a bit busy with some offline project’s with large deployments and I think there is a good blog item in it but it takes some time to build it.

Deployment is easy tools are every where but what tool do I need and what to use

Not only Microsoft tools are here but also Altiris ( Symantec )

A Long time a go I build RIS images very cool and easy to use and a bit flexible

Then there was a Automated Deployment Services I did a TAP program but my test site was not complete for the TAP. Still a Cool product

Enterprise data center administrators face significant challenges as they scale their infrastructures and deploy and administer larger numbers of Windows servers in their environments. Windows Server 2003, Automated Deployment Services (ADS), is a new component of Windows Server 2003 that helps customers address those challenges. For example, ADS includes tools for deployment automation that support operating system and application installation to dozens or even hundreds of bare metal systems in a manner that supports security and auditing without administrator input.

As this white paper describes, the new set of ADS imaging tools developed by Microsoft help to offer a secure, rapid, and flexible deployment of both Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003. In addition, ADS enables script-based administration of a large number of Windows servers.


Then there was BDD

Desktop Deployment for Midsize Businesses

Business Desktop Deployment (BDD), or deploying Microsoft Windows, Office, and other applications to client computers, is a vital task for organizations of all sizes. You can deploy desktops using several methods depending on the number of client systems involved, available infrastructure, and skill level of IT staff. In very small organizations, BDD often means a hands-on, CD-based installation or purchase of systems with OEM versions of the operating system and applications already installed. In larger organizations, more advanced deployment processes and technologies can simplify and automate deployment; provide for remote configuration and management; and streamline disaster recovery.

The methods and tools you choose depend on your current IT environment. Environments for BDD fall into three primary categories: limited, basic, and well-managed. Table 1 identifies components and characteristics of each environment.


Business Desktop Deployment involves several key aspects, from planning to post-deployment management. The following sections describe these aspects for each target infrastructure.

Limited Management Infrastructure

The following list describes issues and solutions for desktop deployment for organizations with limited management infrastructure.

Planning and Assessment. A successful deployment requires inventorying existing target client systems, operating systems, and applications and identifying which systems and applications will be upgraded. In smaller environments, custom Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts and scripts included in the Windows Resource Kits can be used to inventory systems and applications.

Application Compatibility. Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003 provide full compatibility with one another, but many deployment scenarios involve additional applications and older versions. Application compatibility analysis and testing help ensure existing applications will run on the new desktops and that any compatibility issues are remediated. For limited management environments, the Windows XP Help and Support Center and Program Compatibility Wizard (included with Windows XP) and the Windows Catalog are key compatibility resources. Older Windows applications can be configured with compatibility settings to enable them to run under Windows XP through the Compatibility tab page of the application’s properties.
See the following links for additional resources and solutions:
Resolving Application Compatibility Issues with Compatibility Administrator
Program Compatibility Wizard
Windows Catalog
Windows XP Upgrade Advisor

User State Migration. Desktop deployment includes migrating user documents, files, application settings, and other data to target systems. The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP is a great method for limited management environments.
See the following links for additional resources and solutions:
User State Migration: Overview
User State Migration Tool

Deployment and Installation. In limited management environments, the operating system and applications are often preinstalled on purchased systems. Additional deployment is generally through manual, CD-based installation.
See the following links for additional resources and solutions:
Deploying a Simple Managed Environment
Windows Deployment and Resource Kits

Supplemental Applications. The Windows XP and Office 2003 combination form the core client tools for many organizations, but often needs to be supplemented with other applications. Manual installation is often used in limited management environments to install these supplemental applications.

Security and Patching. It’s important to keep up-to-date with operating system and application updates. The Microsoft Update Web site, which combines Windows and Office updates, and Automatic Updates help limited management environments stay current.

And Now there is : Windows Deployment Services

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

This guide contains step-by-step guidance for how to install and configure the most common scenarios for Windows® Deployment Services (sometimes called “WDS”) in Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Note that you cannot use Windows Deployment Services with the Server Core installation option. To download the Windows Deployment Services documentation (including a step-by-step guide, deployment content, and WDSUTIL command-line syntax), see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=89381.

What is Windows Deployment Services?

Windows Deployment Services is the updated and redesigned version of Remote Installation Services (RIS). Windows Deployment Services enables you to deploy Windows operating systems over the network, which means that you do not have to install each operating system directly from a CD or DVD.

For information about what is new or included in your version of Windows Deployment Services, see Windows Deployment Services: What’s New (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=140114).

Who should use this guide?

Windows Deployment Services is intended for deployment specialists who are responsible for the deployment of Windows operating systems. This guide assumes that you have a working knowledge of common desktop deployment technologies, as well as networking components such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name System (DNS), and Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS). The target audiences are:

  • Deployment specialists interested in deploying Windows images to computers.
  • IT planners, designers, or analysts evaluating Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

More here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670(WS.10).aspx

And the tools are here :

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Deploy Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Office products

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010) provides a common console with the comprehensive tools and guidance needed to efficiently manage deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is the recommended process and toolset to automate desktop and server deployment. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 provides detailed guidance and job aids for every organizational role involved with large-scale deployment projects.

One-click downloads for:

Looking for other free, authoritative resources to help you proactively plan, integrate and operate IT systems? Visit the Solution Accelerators Home Page.

Deployment TechCenter


This is the first in a range I will try to build a complete now days server I know there are plenty around but lots of them are 2008 and not R2  in a few day’s I hope to fix this first I have to build a sharepoint farm 😉

Windows 7 Godmode

There are several post on the web on godmode I did not use it before but I did some testing with it and like it. so below is a list of the strings that you can use With a link to a microsoft site for all the options.

How does this work  Create a folder on your desktop and name it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

but the name before the dot can be self named


Below is a list of additional useful folders that you can create using the same process described above. I have named the folder accordingly to give you a clue as to what each one does:



Canonical Names of Control Panel Items

As of Windows Vista, each Control Panel item is given a canonical name for use in programmatically launching that item. This topic lists each Control Panel item, its canonical name, and its GUID.

Windows 7 Control Panel Canonical Names

The following canonical names are defined for Control Panel items in Windows 7. All names are also valid on Windows Vista unless specified otherwise. Not all Control Panel items are available on all varieties of Windows and some Control Panel items might appear only when appropriate hardware is detected. These canonical names do not change for different languages. They are always in English, even if the system’s language is non-English.