This is the ultimate source for the working IT Pro who wants to develop and customize deployment solutions based on MDT 2013 and/or ConfigMgr 2012 R2. This is a HOW TO GET IT DONE book, solely focused on customizing deployment solutions with roots in the real world. In addition to well-proven step-by-step guides, you also get access to sample scripts and source code, allowing you to quickly test the solutions in your own environment. As far as the title goes, we don't mean you should steal things, literally. In this book, stealing is a metaphor for not reinventing the wheel. We don't want you to waste time developing solutions that are already available for free. Discover how to Setup MDT 2013 Lite Touch for OSD - Setup ConfigMgr 2012 R2 for OSD - Work with drivers in MDT 2013 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 - Customize MDT 2013 Lite Touch and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 OSD - Select the right development tools for OSD customizations - Use version control for your scripts and source code - Advanced customization of the MDT 2013 Lite Touch wizard - Master the rules (CustomSettings.ini) - Create UserExit scripts - Configure user-driven installation (UDI) - Create and extend the MDT database - Use a custom frontend for the MDT database - Create and debug custom scripts and frontends - Create web services in both VB.NET and C# - Extend the MDT Monitoring feature - Setup and configure Orchestrator 2012 R2 - Integrate MDT 2013 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 with Orchestrator 2012 R2
If your job is deploying Windows 8 (or Windows 7), this book is for you. In this book, you will find practical guidance based on our many years of real-world experience deploying Windows around the world. Deployment Fundamentals, Volume 4 provides you with detailed step-by-step instructions for all aspects of deploying Windows using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1. Detailed explanations and real-world notes help you make the right decisions and understand the hows and whys of Windows OS deployment. Samples and scripts give you the tools you need for the best results.
Author: Johan Arwidmark
Release Date: 2016-01-01
If your job is deploying Windows 10, this book is for you. In this book, you will find practical guidance based on our many years of real-world experience deploying Windows around the world. Deployment Fundamentals, Volume 6, provides you with detailed step-by-step instructions, as well as decision-making guidance and explanations that provide answers on the Whys and Hows around Windows 10 OS deployment using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 2. The book also include many real-word notes and troubleshooting tips and tricks. To get you going as quickly possible, the book sample scripts contains a fully automated build of the entire environment, the hydration kit. That includes a fully configured Active Directory environment, including DNS, DHCP, WSUS, PXE, DFS-R Replication, SQL Express, and more. With this book, you will learn how to: Install and configure MDT 2013 Update 2 for production deployments - Build the supporting infrastructure - Use the script repository included with this book in your own environment - Create production-ready reference images for Windows 10 - Build a real-world deployment solution for Windows 10 - Add and deploy applications - Perform real-world driver management - Apply advanced configurations for CustomSettings.ini and deployment automation - Extend MDT using application wrappers, userexit scripts, and PowerShell - Prestage deployment settings using the MDT databases - Perform advanced configuration using web services - Deploy Office 2016, including the Click-to-Run Office 365 version
An Honest, Hopeful Look at Unexpected Challenges Challenging surprises often lead to unexpected joy. Amy Julia opens eyes and softens hearts as she brings readers into her own story of disappointment turned to blessing. This is a journey of discovering strength through weakness, and the author learns to embrace the face that we are all dependent on God and one another. This books will inspire readers who appreciate beautiful writing coupled with deep insights about life and faith. "Amy Julia Becker has the courage and grace to tell the truth. Whether you are a parent or not, whether the children in your life are 'typical' or not, this story will shake you, change you, and encourage you."--Andy Crouch, author, Culture Making
If you want to know how to deploy Windows 7, and content based on reality is more important than fancy poetry, we guess you found the right book. This book covers end to end deployment, inventory, applications (even ugly ones), real drivers, real hardware, real problems, real network environments and of course, real solutions. We will take you on a journey that covers MAP, ACT, WAIK, MDT and WDS. We will show you how to upgrade your skills so you too can take advantage of really knowing how to deploy Windows 7. Discover how to - Plan and prepare for a Windows 7 migration - Inventory hardware and applications, mitigate application compatibility issues - Create a rock solid deployment solution based on MDT 2010 Lite Touch - Create hardware independent images, find, extract, and inject drivers - Extend MDT 2010 with SQL databases, custom scripts and advanced rules - Install applications unattended, assign applications and settings dynamically - Customize and configure USMT 4.0. - Troubleshoot MDT 2010 Lite Touch Supporting Our Legacy Even though the core focus of this book is to help you deploy Windows 7 and migrate from Windows XP, we have added extra content that will teach you how to use the same deployment solution to also deploy Windows XP
Take a deep dive into the world of Windows desktop deployment using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit About This Book Learn Microsoft Deployment Toolkit best practices and how to adopt them into your deployment project Troubleshoot task sequence errors and quickly resolve deployment blockers An easy-to-follow, in-depth guide to image creation, customization, and deployment of Windows Who This Book Is For This book is ideal for those deploying or planning to deploy Windows, in need of a top-to-bottom guide on project deployment. It is also an invaluable resource for consultants who need a top-to-bottom guide (or just a refresher) on project deployment. What You Will Learn Build a production-ready MDT environment Administer the environment for multiple users Customize your reference image with an MDT Task Sequence Create standalone media for offline deployments Customize the default user profile according to the version of Windows Get to grips with some troubleshooting steps and processes to reduce the time for recovery of a failed image Customize and create Windows images for deployment Discover useful tips and tricks to help save time in your deployment projects In Detail The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) provides a comprehensive collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployments. It considerably reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images. Moreover, MDT offers improved security and ongoing configuration management. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the official supported method of creating and customizing Windows images for deployment. Starting from scratch, this book walks you through the MDT setup, task sequence creation, and image deployment steps in detail. Breaking down the various MDT concepts, this book will give you a thorough understanding of the deployment process. Beginning with imaging concepts and theory, you will go on to build a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit environment. You will understand the intricacies of customizing the default user profile in different versions of Windows. Driver handling can be a challenge for larger organizations; we'll cover various driver concepts including mandatory driver profiles. ]Other important topics like the User State Migration Tool (USMT), configuration of XML files, and how to troubleshoot the USMT are also discussed in the book. We will cover the verifier and Windows Performance Toolkit for image validation scenarios. Furthermore, you will learn about MDT web frontend implementation as well as how to utilize the database capabilities of MDT for deeper deployment options. We'll wrap it all up with some links to resources for more information, blogs to watch, and useful Twitter handles. Style and approach This is a comprehensive guide written using a step-by-step approach. It begins with the basics and gradually moves on to the advanced topics MDT.
Completely revised for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. This is the ultimate source for the working IT Professional who wants to design and implement System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager in a midsize- or small-business environment. Enterprise administrators also will find a lot of inspiration, as many of the features and scenarios discussed fit all three environments. The book is packed with real-world scenarios taken from 17 years of experience with SMS and ConfigMgr projects. By following the book from A-Z, you will end up with a ConfigMgr environment that is based on best practices and production ready.
Enterprise Client Management is packed with everything you need to efficiently manage Windows 7 or 8.1 clients in an enterprise environment. The book takes you through a complete scenario, including all the necessary preparations, for preparing the infrastructure and then deploying, patching, configuring, securing, backing up, and managing the Windows clients (and other devices). In this scenario, you use management tools available in Windows Server 2012 R2 and the System Center 2012 R2 products, combined with Microsoft Intune. Real-world tips and tricks together with a vast number of step-by-step guides make this book a one-stop shop for client management in your existing enterprise environment. Discover how to Prepare your infrastructure for optimal enterprise client management - Manage group polies the enterprise way -Set up the infrastructure for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager - Deploy Windows clients in an automated fashion - Implement Software Updates -Take advantage of new features and technologies for user profiles and data using for instance UE-V and Work Folders - Backup your data effectively using System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager - Secure your clients using new and improved security features such as BitLocker with MBAM 2.5 - Manage Windows and mobile devices using Microsoft Intune - Control remote access using managed VPN profiles and Windows To Go -Handle change and incident management using System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager - Manage clients using PowerShell
If your job is managing iOS, Android, or Windows devices, this book is for you. You will find practical guidance based on our many years of real-world experience managing mobile devices around the world. This book provides you with detailed step-by-step instructions, as well as decision-making guidance and explanations that provide answers on the whys and hows around modern device management using Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite and System Center Configuration Manager. The book also includes many real-word notes and troubleshooting tips and tricks. To get you going as quickly as possible, the book sample scripts contain a fully automated build of the entire environment, the hydration kit. That includes a fully configured Active Directory environment, including DNS, AD FS, WAP, NDES, Intune, Office365, Azure Active Directory Premium, Azure Rights Management, and more. With this book, you will learn how to: Plan and implement the Enterprise Mobility Suite - Use Azure Active Directory Premium to implement identity management - Implement Multi-Factor Authentication - Use self-service password reset- Employ Azure Rights Management to protect data - Implement Microsoft Intune to support standalone environments - Implement Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager to support hybrid environments - Manage iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices - Implement conditional access to secure resource access control to Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and other corporate resources - Implement Microsoft NDES to distribute certificates - Deploy store-based applications - Deploy LOB applications - Develop and deploy managed applications - Perform a successful EMS proof of concept
Niall Brady has been putting out OSD guides for the community for more than ten years. In this book, you find completely rewritten and reengineered versions of his most popular guides, verified against current versions of MDT and ConfigMgr. Also included in the book is a rich repository of sample scripts, which not only help you get the various solutions implemented quickly, but also help you set up a proof-of-concept environment in which you can try the guides. Discover how to - Set up the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 infrastructure - Enforce BitLocker with MBAM 2.5 - Deploy Windows 8.1 to the Surface Pro 3 - Set up ConfigMgr 2012 R2 integration with MDT 2013 - Create custom boot images - Increase log file size - Build reference images - Deploy a custom Start screen - Automatically sync time in WinPE - Pause a task sequence during deployment - Use devel mode - Implement MailLog, AssistMe, and ViewLog - Check for network and storage problems in WinPE - Set up software updates - Patch an image using offline servicing - Use the CM12 UEFI BitLocker HTA frontend
Author: James Wiggins
Release Date: 2014-12-23
Welcome to post-industrial America, 2216. Martial Law, spy drones, government surveillance, and personal liberty erosion are the new societal norm. Communism, Socialism, and Fascism have blended together to form the new American system of government. Every aspect of life is controlled by the ruling class elite. This tale follows the story of an outlaw group, who makes their living by selling organic food, which the government has declared illegal. When their neighboring state is confronted by the threat of a mysterious and genetically enhanced super villain, this crew of misfits must band together, to wage the battle of their lives. This blend of action, suspense, sci-fi, drama, conspiracy, and real life social and economic issues, paints a terrifying vision of a world that is not too far from reality.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager’s SQL Server database contains valuable information about your users, computers, hardware, operating systems, applications, compliance status, and much more. Microsoft has provided excellent tools for extracting this information in meaningful ways, including SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and SQL Server Data Tools Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI). System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Unleashed shows you how to make the most of these tools. World-renowned System Center reporting guru Garth Jones and his expert coauthors guide you through all facets of custom reporting with System Center. You’ll walk through installing and configuring SSRS, using SQL views to find the data you need, writing SQL queries, creating basic and advanced reports, and using role-based administration to securely deliver those reports to the correct individuals. Jones brings together reliable, comprehensive, and up-to-date System Center reporting techniques you’ll find in no other book or website. Using this guide, you can consistently retrieve the right information to solve immediate problems and quickly respond to management concerns. Detailed information on how to… • Install and configure SQL SSRS for optimal System Center reporting and easier troubleshooting • Understand the data stored in the ConfigMgr site database • Efficiently retrieve ConfigMgr data by writing SQL queries in SQL Server Management Studio • Learn best practices for developing and designing System Center reports • Create report templates, customize content with report parameters, and embed charts • Customize logos, color palettes, and other report elements for your own organization • Construct advanced drillthroughs to provide deeper understanding • Strengthen report security by integrating ConfigMgr role-based administration into SQL queries • Leverage reporting to measure KPIs and gain a better understanding of your environment • Tailor your reports to the needs of end-users or management • Foreword by Wally Mead, Principal Program Manager, Cireson The only book entirely dedicated to Configuration Manager reporting, this guide complements Meyler's System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Unleashed, offering far more in-depth coverage of reporting than the single chapter in that book. Most of the content in this new guide will be equally valuable in both System Center 2016 and 2012 environments.
For most Configuration Manager administrators, the Configuration Manager console is more than sufficient to perform the necessary operations. However you are limited to what the console is designed to handle. For more complex tasks, or those that might extend beyond the scope of the console, you need an alternative. This book is packet with real-world scripts that have proven to save time when automation day-to-day tasks in a Configuration Manager environment.
No way! Automating the deployment of the entire infrastructure? That can't be done! These are words we have heard many times, but the answer is: Yes, you can, with the step-by-step guides, sample scripts, and other resources found in this book. In the modern datacenter, everything is about automation, repeatable processes, and well-designed and documented infrastructure. This can be accomplished with PowerShell and MDT 2013. In this book, you learn how to install and configure the core infrastructure components in Windows Server 2012 R2. You start from absolutely nothing, and using the book and its sample scripts, build a complete real-world, production-ready infrastructure.