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Nice to Know – MAP 9.1 has been released

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on June 27, 2014

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 9.1 has been released which is a great to tool to discover what the environment contains before you start doing anything. I use this on a regular basis BEFORE making any kind of decisions.

Download and install on a computer from: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?&id=7826

Read more: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mapblog/archive/2014/06/27/announcing-the-map-toolkit-9-1.aspx

The short story is:

Discover Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Can target a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V when doing server consolidation, improved SQL Server discovery.

Install.

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Starting for the first time.

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Create a Database.

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Select what to inventory.

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Watch paint dry.

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And so we wait a while, and then some, and wait…

The environment.

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Usage tracking.

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Server Virtualization (Consolidation and Private Cloud).

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Desktop overview.

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The Excel reports are nice.

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A tip, before running the assessment for desktops, adjust the assessment value according to this to make sense, not that I don’t use 4096 or 2048 to represent 4gb and 2gb since we need to compensate for GPU ram…

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Desktop Report.

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Hardware Inventory.

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/mike

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Sommarkollo 2013 – Det är enklare att migrera från Windows XP än vad du tror

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on June 19, 2013

Support för Windows XP kommer att upphöra och därför bör du migrera till en senare version. I den här sessionen så visar vi dig dels hur man gör, vilka verktyg man kan använda och att det faktiskt är mycket enklare än vad du förmodligen tror. Under sessionen kommer du att lära dig att använda Microsofts olika utrullningslösningar för klient-operativsystem och hur dom används för att migrera bort dom sista Windows XP maskinerna.

Notera att dessa seminarier är kostnadsfria

Anmäl dig till sessionen den 3/7 här >

Anmäl dig till sessionen den 14/8 här >

Posted in MAP, MDT, System Center 2012, System Center 2012 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows XP | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

PowerShell is King – I need to monitor OS Deployment in MDT 2012 not using Deployment Workbench

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on March 6, 2013

Scenario:

You are using MDT 2012 Update 1 (Lite Touch or Zero Touch), you have enabled MDT monitoring and you would like to know the current status of the OSD deployment, but you would like to read directly from the OData feed using PowerShell and maybe get a nice grid-view. Now, you might wonder why and that is easy, basically every blog post I have seen on this topic assumes you are logged on to the server where the MDT Workbench exists, but that is not always the case.

Solution:

Use PowerShell to get the data using the Invoke-RESTMethod, convert and read it as a Grid view

Display on screen in text

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Display using grid view:

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PowerShell command to execute:

You need to change MDT01 to the name of your deployment server for this to work.


$URL = "http://MDT01:9801/MDTMonitorData/Computers"

function GetMDTData {
  $Data = Invoke-RestMethod $URL

  foreach($property in ($Data.content.properties) ) {
    New-Object PSObject -Property @{
      Name = $($property.Name);
      PercentComplete = $($property.PercentComplete.’#text’);
      Warnings = $($property.Warnings.’#text’);
      Errors = $($property.Errors.’#text’);
      DeploymentStatus = $(
        Switch ($property.DeploymentStatus.’#text’) {
        1 { "Active/Running" }
        2 { "Failed" }
        3 { "Successfully completed" }
        Default { "Unknown" }
        }
      );
      StartTime = $($property.StartTime.’#text’) -replace "T"," ";
      EndTime = $($property.EndTime.’#text’) -replace "T"," ";
    }
  }
}

GetMDTData | Select Name, DeploymentStatus, PercentComplete, Warnings, Errors, StartTime, EndTime | Out-GridView


Download script here:  http://sdrv.ms/WtxtnU

/mike

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OS Deployment PreCon(s)–Spring and Summer 2012

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on March 3, 2012

This spring I will deliver 3 PreCons on the topic of OSD or Operating System Deployment. All these three will bi similar, we will cover both the basics and the really advanced topics. The focus will be on Windows 7 deployment, but we will also cover Windows 8 and Server Deployment. The tools that we will cover are MAP/ACT, WAIK/ADK, WDS, MDT and SCCM (and then some). The hardware vendors that we will cover are HP, Dell and Lenovo. We had some questions regarding the level of these sessions, so I did an interview with Michael Niehaus

Microsoft TechDays 2012

  • Date: 24th of April 2012
  • Speakers: Mikael Nystrom and Johan Arwidmark
  • Language: Swedish
  • Location: Örebro, Sweden

Microsoft TechEd North America 2012

  • Date: 10th of June 2012
  • Speakers: Mikael Nystrom, Michael Niehaus and Ben Hunter
  • Language: English
  • Location: Orlando, US

Microsoft TechEd Europe 2012

  • Date: 25th of June 2012
  • Speakers: Mikael Nystrom, Michael Niehaus and Ben Hunter
  • Language: English
  • Location: Amsterdam, NL

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OS Deployment Pre-Planning tools you should consider to use. (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on November 23, 2011

Back in 1628

The disaster was a fact; the Kings’ new ship sank on the maiden voyage, the reason? Basically it was bad planning, bad construction, and bad decisions. The ship was too high, had one cannon deck too much, too much cannons (like 500 or so). It was just one of those bad days, it sallied for about 1300 meters and then came out of lee, the sails was filled with wind and it heeled over to port, then once more and then the water started to rush in to the open gun ports and then it sank. Around 30 of the 150 in the crew died.

It was not a glories day for the Swedish Navy.

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You can avoid this disaster when it comes OS Deployment by using tools that are available from Microsoft for free and let us start with the most important tool:

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

A starting point, MAP gives you the “what do I have and what options do I have”. I use this tool to create reports (it seems that business people have an easier understanding for pie charts and MAP can create those very nicely), get inventories, and get ideas. I call it an “illuminate-or”, since it illuminates the environment so that you then know what your options are. Below are some screenshots of the tool. There is new version of this toolkit soon to be released, it has some nice new/improved features, most of them related to the “cloud”.

There is very useful training kit, it contains a sample database so you can see how reports and pie charts would like in your or your customers environment. You can download it here

Highlights:

  • Does not install any agent
  • very light weight
  • Works in almost any kind of environment
  • A variety of different reports and inventory’s

A Windows 7 readiness overview:

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A Web application discovery:

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A Web Browser discover (Normally it does not look as “clean” as this):

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An Office 365 Discovery:

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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide’s

Hey, this is one really nice thing. This is not really White Papers, not really TechNet stuff, this. “Blue Prints”. That means that in these documents Microsoft have explain what technology works in what scenarios, for example, using Direct Access a solution for Contract Workers does not really work, there are other technology that works better. There are MANY documents and here is my list that I think you should read:

Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios

So, this document helps to understand basically what features and functions that works in different environment and it helps to get a better understanding why most networks are a subject for improvement, you should read this.

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Windows User State Virtualization.

Here is the document that describes how to deal with Offline Files, Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection, you should know all this. But if you don’t know, download and read.

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Application Compatibility Toolkit

Since applications tend to be one of the issues we need to take care of, ACT is one of the tools that could help you. It contains multiple applications. The one you normally start with is Microsoft Application Compatibility Manager. In this tool you can create an Inventory packet as an MSI file, distribute that and get data from all the machines back in a short while so you can see what apps you really have. You then use the tools as part of testing apps, planning what apps to test, create reports of applications. You can use a connector between SCCM and ACT to make it even better and here is how it looks:

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The one and only (that I know of) that could call himself “King of ACT” is Chris Jackson. If you in any way are responsible for the application to work in the new OS, you should listen to him, very carefully. Check out is blog

Note: If you install ACT 5.6, Chris has done a really horrible application for you to “fix”, it is called Stock viewer. To make it work in Windows 7, just follow the instructions in the self-paced training material that is included in ACT.

And hey, don’t start testing applications BEFORE you have read this very carefully, ok?
Chris Jackson’s Formula (for When to Test For Application Compatibility)

Security Compliance Manager

I have no clue on how many times people have asked me “-How do you secure a Windows 7 client", is there any Whitepaper?”

With SCM you can create security policy’s based on different templates that is provided by Microsoft (for now), you can then tweak them using the built help that explain all the settings and then you “lock” it, export it as a GPO, import that in to AD (or apply it locally) and then import the DCM file into SCCM to verify those settings, a neat little toolkit that just have been upgraded to version 2

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Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK)

This tool is new for IE9, but has been around for other versions of IE. If possible you should use this tool. It will give you the capability to customize IE pretty much exactly the way you would like it to be. It is easy to use and gives you so much flexibility in IE. The wizard will download the files for IE needed and then you run the Wizard, make all selections and when you are done you have one .EXE file and one .MSI file for the version you just configured, you need one for x86 and x64 for you just run it twice to create two folders, one for x86 and one for x64

There are “some” features to configure. J

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Some of the settings you might never seen

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This customer wanted me to change the default search provider to another vendor…

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Next time I’ll cover the other tools.

/mike

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