Category Archives: Deployment

MDOP 2011 R2 Language Update Available

It wasn’t until I was responsible for overlooking Asia Pacific in a previous job that I realised how much easier I had it being a native English speaker in a country with English as the primary language as far as the IT world went. The sheer volume of content that is available in English by default, and then translated to some other languages if someone is willing to fund it, combined with the ability to read and process the available

Microsoft DaRT 8 Beta sign up available

Mentioned in my previous post which highlighted DaRT as a valuable MDOP component for all types of Windows Intune customers, there is great news that the DaRT 8 Beta sign up is now open. Head on over to the sign up page on Microsoft Connect to check out the the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8 Beta’s support for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview compatibility, new hardware platforms, an updated image creation wizard, as well as native USB deployment support.

Just how effective is TMG as a caching solution for Windows Intune and Office 365?

As highlighted in previous posts, I’ve been following the advice of the Windows Intune team on setting up a caching solution, in this case ForeFront Threat Management Gateway as a means to accelerate the Windows Intune and Office 365 deployments. What I’ve found is that the initial Windows Intune installation components that are installed don’t benefit greatly from the caching my setup. It seems to be hovering around 50MB for a Windows 7 Enterprise system that has been completely patched

MDOP component applicability to different types of Windows Intune users

The last update gave a quick run down on what MDOP includes, but now it’s time to see how these components can be used in various types of organizations. We will start with with an unmanaged, distributed workforce, and add structure and potentially complexity through each example. The chart at the end of the post gives each component an applicability rating, but remember that these are just the views of the author, and I am more than willing to be

What’s Included In The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack add on for Windows Intune

The MDOP add on for Windows Intune is an interesting offering from Microsoft, allowing subscribers to get even more of the capabilities that would usually only be available to a customer under a Microsoft volume license agreement that included desktop software assurance. MDOP is a collection of technologies from Microsoft, and here’s a description of it in Microsoft’s own words…looks like we need to remind them that it’s available via Windows Intune as well… MDOP The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack

US TS2 Team Tackle Intune and 3rd Party Antivirus Solutions

Follow the link for the full article, but here’s my take… The inbuilt and integrated AV is one of the core benefits of Windows Intune, and is really the only way for a customer > 10 but < System Center Configuration Manager to get the MS AV endpoint technologies. It’s part of what I call the perfect storm for Intune applicability to a customer – expired or expiring AV, a relatively unmanaged environment, and preparing for an SOE or desktop

Project TWIAD Part 4

This is just a short update, primarily confirming that the NIC traffic in Hyper-V VMs is being accurately reported again. I’m not quite sure what has triggered this, but I’ve got a few VM snapshots I can revert to when I want to dig further into the issue. The other piece of the testing that I’ve just confirmed is working as expected, that is traffic is being cached comprehensively, is the single NIC proxy/caching only scenario for TMG that I wanted initially.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC1 Now Available

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of MDT, and using whatever tools possible to help with the automation and customisation of OS images, so was pleased to get this information today. SCCM 2012 and Windows 8 support are the two things that should get most people excited, and by most people, I mean a subset of most people, who like technology that helps deploy operating systems.   Reliable and Flexible OS Deployment-now with support for System Center Configuration

Project TWIAD Part 3

Today’s post is a recap of some of some of the testing and scenarios I’ve been through. All of this unscientific, not laboratory controlled, and can be interpreted many ways, and here is my take on it all… I’m not saying I understand exactly what I am seeing here, but am open to suggestions. I originally started all of my testing running Windows 7 VMs against a single NIC, proxy/caching only solution, but I noticed that there was alot of traffic

Project TWIAD Part 2

After a false start due to some hardware issues, I’m pleased to report that Project TWIAD is live. The current setup of the server is as folllowing, with an explanation behind these decisions: HP Microserver N36L – I had one 8GB RAM – RAM is cheap 250GB Boot Drive – Included drive 6TB Windows RAID 5 Array (4x2TB drives) – I had 5 of the same type of drive, so I have a spare. It’s been years since I’ve used


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