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.
http://youtu.be/kMAuXzuztY0

Finally….SkyDrive for Windows and Mac!

Everybody with a Windows Live  Microsoft Account owns one…..a SkyDrive, before today I wasn’t really using it. When I read the new blogpost from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog I really can start using it…on my Windows 8 PC, my Mac, iPad, iPhone and (last but not least) my Windows Phone!

There is an installer for every operating system (ehh…they forgot the Android version…).Just go to http://apps.live.com/skydrive to download the appropriate version for your device. Check out the screenshots below.

 

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How-To : Create your own bootable Windows 8 USB Disk

There are several methods in which way you can install Windows 8:

  • Install Windows 8 from a DVD to your hard disk / SSD
  • Install Windows 8 from an USB-stick to your hard disk / SSD
  • Or you can both sources to install Windows 8 inside of an VHD image

The above three methods were also available with Windows 7. With the arrival of the first Windows 8 version, you can also install Windows 8 on an USB-stick (or USB-disk). You can create your own portable Windows 8 installation, which you can use to run Windows 8 on the Go. In this blog post I’ll walk you through the installation procedure.

There are several methods in which way you can install Windows 8:

  • Install Windows 8 from a DVD to your hard disk / SSD
  • Install Windows 8 from an USB-stick to your hard disk / SSD
  • Or you can both sources to install Windows 8 inside of an VHD image

The above three methods were also available with Windows 7. With the arrival of the first Windows 8 version, you can also install Windows 8 on an USB-stick (or USB-disk). You can create your own portable Windows 8 installation, which you can use to run Windows 8 on the Go. In this blog post I’ll walk you through the installation procedure.

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In Pictures : Upgrade Windows 8 DP to Windows 8 Consumer Preview

On one of my machines I was still using the Developer Preview version of Windows 8.  Today it was time to upgrade the machine to the Consumer Preview. That job was really easy using the USB-stick I already created for installing my business laptop. Check out the pictures I took of the procedure…

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On one of my machines I was still using the Developer Preview version of Windows 8.  Today it was time to upgrade the machine to the Consumer Preview. That job was really easy using the USB-stick I already created for installing my business laptop. Check out the pictures I took of the procedure…

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In Pictures : Windows 8 Consumer Preview Configuration

When your fresh Windows 8 installation boots for the first time, just after the initial installation process, the configuration-part can take place…

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When your fresh Windows 8 installation boots for the first time, just after the initial installation process, the configuration-part can take place…

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I clicked the Customize button…

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Too bad I had some issues connecting my virtual machine to the internet at this point…so I had to create a local account

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And the configuration-part is done…

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In Pictures : Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup

The first thing you probably did when you downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is install the bits. If you’re unable to do so…just check out my In Pictures blog where you can see how many clicks are needed before you have it up and running…

The first thing you probably did when you downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is install the bits. If you’re unable to do so…just check out my In Pictures blog where you can see how many clicks are needed before you have it up and running…

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Enter ‘NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8’ in the Product key field.

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After some final checks Windows 8 will reboot your machine. Windows is installed…

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download!Windows 8 Consumer Preview is beschikbaar!

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download. Check out this link for alternative languages, or click the links below for the English version.

Download
Windows 8 Consumer Preview x86 English (32-bit)

Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64 English (64-bit)

Product key : NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8Windows8_Consumer_Preview

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is beschikbaar! Gebruik deze link voor een andere taal, of klik gewoon een van de links hieronder aan voor de Engelstalige ISO.

Download
Windows 8 Consumer Preview x86 English (32-bit)

Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64 English (64-bit)

Product key : NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide AvailableWindows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide Beschikbaar

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They are waking up in Redmond (or should I say Barcelona?). Microsoft has placed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business online.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere, allows for a personalized user experience, and provides IT with more secure, easy-to-manage intelligent infrastructure.

Download it here.Windows-8-clean

Ze worden wakker in Redmond (of moet ik zeggen Barcelona?). Microsoft heeft de Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business online beschikbaar gesteld.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere, allows for a personalized user experience, and provides IT with more secure, easy-to-manage intelligent infrastructure.

Download hem hier.

Counting down to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ReleaseAftellen naar de release van de Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer Preview invite

Today Microsoft has revealed that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available somewhere on February 29th. The bits will probably become available around or soon after their event at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which will be held in Barcelona from February 27th till March 1st.

In the right sidebar I placed a countdown timer, so you can see exactly how much longer you have to wait…Windows 8 Consumer Preview invite

Vandaag heeft Microsoft bekend gemaakt dat de Windows 8 Consumer Preview ergens op 29 februari aanstaande te downloaden zal zijn. De bits zullen waarschijnlijk beschikbaar komen ergens rond of vlak de sessie van Microsoft op het Mobile World Congress (MWC) welke plaats vind in Barcelona van 27 februari tot 1 maart 2012.

Aan de rechterkant heb ik een countdown teller geplaatst…zo weet je precies hoelang je nog moet wachten…