Deploying Windows 8 Release Preview with MDT 2012 Update 1 (Beta)

Today Microsoft has released the beta version of MDT 2012 Update 1. You can upgrade the following versions of MDT with the MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta :

  • MDT 2008 Update 1
  • MDT 2010
  • MDT 2010 Update 1
  • MDT 2012

After you installed MDT 2012 Update 1, you should upgrade your deployment share. You should also read the Release Notes where you can find some more tips about this new version.

Some of the new features :

  • Support for using the DaRT 8 Beta with the Windows 8 Release Preview version of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).
  • New “Build Your Own Pages” support for User-Driven Installation (UDI), enabling IT pros to create new wizard panes using simple drag-and-drop operations – no coding required.
  • Integration with System Center Orchestrator, enabling task sequences to invoke Orchestrator runbooks at any point in the deployment process.
  • Completely reworked “Roles and Features” logic, supporting both installation and removal, as well as providing a new Lite Touch wizard pane for selecting roles and features to install at deploy time.
  • Support for PowerShell 3.0 to make it easier to run PowerShell scripts inside task sequences on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows PE 4.0.
  • Simple monitoring functionality for Configuration Manager task sequences, leveraging the monitoring capabilities provided initially in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments.
  • Improved “boot from VHD” deployment capabilities, supporting both bare metal and refresh deployment

Instead of the Windows AIK (for Windows 7), you can now use the Windows ADK to deploy Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows 7. When installing Windows 7 using Setup.exe with Windows PE 4.0 from the Windows ADK, two error dialog boxes are displayed while still in Windows PE. The dialog boxes do not affect the deployment, but you must click OK in each of them before the deployment process will continue.

I created a small (7 minute) video of a default Windows 8 Release Preview deployment with the new version of MDT. Please leave a comment if you like it.

TechEd Europe : A small overviewTechEd Europe : A small overview

Today I arrived at TechEd Europe to attend the Windows 8 and Server 2012 beta exams. Between the two I was able to shoot a short video, so you (all my peers who are unable to attend) can all get an idea of what’s going on at the Center of IT!

Totdat I arrived at TechEd Europe to attend the Windows 8 and Server 2012 beta exams. Between the two I was able to shoot a short video, so you (all my peers who are unable to attend) can all get an idea of what’s going on at the Center of IT!

Microsoft’s Vision of the Future HomeMicrosoft’s visie op het Huis van de Toekomst

For the people who are following my blog a little bit longer this probably sounds familiar. A few years ago, back in October 2008, I blogged about going to Tech-Ed 2008 in Barcelona. I see you thinking ‘What the heck has this to do with a Future Home?’, just read on… The reason I went to Tech-Ed was that I won a contest where the grand prize was a ticket to Tech-Ed. To win that ticket you had to write a nice blog post and the best (or coolest, or most informative) blog post would win. My blog post was about a cool house I visited during my honeymoon in de US : The Innoventions Dream Home in Disneyland California. If you can read Dutch, you can read the original article here.

So enough about the past, let’s go Back to the Future :-)…. Today I ran into a nice video over at Microsoft’s Channel9 website. This video is part of a whole MS Campus Tour. You really should check out the other video’s on their website. This one below is the one about the Microsoft’s vision of the Future Home.

If you’re a gadget-lover like me, you really really should check out the video below! Where can we buy the stuff!??!?!?!

[iframe 512 288]Voor de mensen die mijn blog al wat langer volgen zal er misschien een belletje gaan rinkelen. Een paar jaar geleden, in oktober 2008, heb ik geschreven over het feit dat ik naar Tech-Ed in Barcelona zou gaan. Ik zie je nu denken… ‘Wat heeft dit nu weer met het Huis van de Toekomst te maken?”, lees even door… De reden dat ik namelijk naar Tech-Ed ‘mocht’ was dat ik namelijk een blogwedstrijd had gewonnen waarbij de hoofdprijs bestond uit een toegangsticket naar Tech-Ed 2008. Om kans te maken op dit ticket moest je een interessante blogpost schrijven voor op het IT Pro Community blog van Microsoft Nederland. De beste (of coolste, of meest informatieve) blogpost zou deze prijs in de wacht slepen. Mijn blogpost ging over een huis wat we (m’n vrouw en ik) tijdens onze huwelijksreis in de VS hadden bezocht : The Innoventions Dream Home in Disneyland California. Je kunt het hele artikel hier lezen (in het Nederlands)

Zo genoeg over het verleden, laten we Back to the Future gaan (in het Engels is die grap toch beter :-))…Vandaag kwam ik een leuke video tegen op de Channel 9 website van Microsoft. Deze video is een onderdeel van een MS Campus Tour die op dit moment op Channel 9 te zien is, de overige video’s zijn ook zeer zeker de moeite waard.. De video die je hieronder kunt zien is de video over Microsofts visie op het Huis van de toekomst.

Als je, net als ik, een echte gadgetliefhebber bent moet je onderstaande video echt gaan bekijken. Weet iemand waar dat spul uit die video te koop is??!??! 🙂

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XBOX 360 : Xbox LIVE Fall Update & No Blu-Ray

Today was the day that the First Wave would receive the Fall 2009 Xbox LIVE Update Preview. When I turned my Xbox on earlier today (or better said : yesterday) I received the update. Ohw…another fact about the Xbox 360 : There will be no Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360! The Blu-Ray accessories Steve Ballmer talked about earlier were Blu-Ray accessories for the PC!

To refresh your memory : This is what’s the Xbox Live Fall Update bringing us….

  1. Zune video brings movies and TV shows with instant on HD in full 1080p to your Xbox 360 console. You’ll find a huge selection, all with the amazing clarity and the convenience of cable.  Xbox LIVE members can now enjoy a true movie theater experience from the comfort of home.
  2. Facebook: Now you can compare your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends lists, update your status to share  hat movie, game or entertainment you’re enjoying, find friends and view their news feeds, status and photos on the big screen – all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360. Requires adult Xbox LIVE Gold account.
  3. (US & UK Only): Turn your Xbox 360 into your living room juke box with a library of more than 3.5 millions songs. Stream personalized radio stations through Xbox LIVE by skipping, “banning” or “loving” songs to tailor the radio station to your tastes – we’ve even built in “Gamer Stations” with music selected specifically for the gaming community. Requires adult Xbox LIVE Gold account.. [More Info]
    Twitter Stay in the know by discovering, posting, and replying to Tweets right on your Xbox 360. You can even view friend profiles, trends and conversations, or search to see who’s Tweeting about your favorite game. Requires adult Xbox LIVE Gold account.
  4. Inside Xbox News & More (US Only): A new section of the “Inside Xbox” channel, “News and More” transforms Xbox LIVE into a full-fledged media portal. With a regularly-updated stream of content from , The New Yorker and Dilbert, “News and More” brings the latest in current events, arts and entertainment right to your fingertips.  Requires Xbox LIVE Gold account.

So…enough about the theory! Check out my video below to see all the stuff in live action (because I live in the Netherlands I can’t show you the Last.FM and Inside Xbox News & More)

 XBOX Live Update Preview Video

Video : Windows 7 in Zevenhuizen

During the Windows 7 deployment in Zevenhuizen Microsoft recorded some nice video’s which they published on their action website. Too bad you’re not able to skip the video, so I decided to upload the video to Youtube! If you take a good look you can even see me in the video (I’m the one at the hairdresser with the brown polo-shirt and in the deployment room which you can see later in the video).

Windows 7 Worldwide Launch Party Video’s


The Windows 7 Launch has started. Check out video’s from all the launch events all over the world. Do you have a launch video and uploaded it to youtube? Just leave the link in the commentbox and I’ll post your video here!



Geek Night Keynote (Dutch)


For all my international visitors : This video is in Dutch and doesn’t have subtitles! I’m very sorry, but this video isn’t hosted by me so please don’t ask for subtitles.

In this one hour keynote Tony & Daniel will do a non-stop demo about the techniques described in my earlier blog post about the Geek Night. Because the video will start automatically you have to press the Read More link below to ‘open the post’ and watch the video!

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