Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 (non-VL) with MDT 2012 & Windows ADK

Just a few weeks ago Microsoft has released MDT 2012 Update 1, with full support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Microsoft did also release the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8, the replacement for the good old WAIK. With the RTM of Window Server 2012 I decided to upgrade my Deployment environment to the latest version. When I did some initial deployments of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 everything worked just fine, but when I tried to deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 (non-VL version) or Windows 7, I ran into a small problem.

The Issue
Just after the deployment I had to enter the Product Key.

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At first I thought I made a mistake during the built proces, but after I asked a question at the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Forum. Because the first responses suggested that there was something wrong with my Deployment Share. After some suggestions and a start from scratch (the first time I imported and upgraded the ‘old’ deployment shares), also not importing the ‘old’ deployment shares, the answer came from Michael Niehaus:

“MDT 2012 Update 1 switched from using SETUP.EXE to instead use ImageX to apply the image.  As a result, if you use retail or OEM media, you’ll get a prompt because the product.ini file isn’t being read any more (SETUP.EXE did that, ImageX doesn’t).

Fortunately the fix is pretty simple:  Look up the correct setup (generic) key in the product.ini file on your media and specify it in the unattend.xml (second location).  After you do that, it won’t prompt any more.

This won’t happen with volume license media.”

So that’s probably why the people who responded earlier didn’t have the same issue, they were (probably) using volume license media!

 

The Solution
So, to fix the issue had to specify the (generic) product key (from the product.ini in the Sources folder)

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Open the unattend.xml (in the correct Control  Task Sequence folder) and enter the product key at the second   start-tag.

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Now you can just restart the Task Sequence and you won’t be asked for a product key during the deployment!

Just a few weeks ago Microsoft has released MDT 2012 Update 1, with full support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Microsoft did also release the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8, the replacement for the good old WAIK. With the RTM of Window Server 2012 I decided to upgrade my Deployment environment to the latest version. When I did some initial deployments of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 everything worked just fine, but when I tried to deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 (non-VL version) or Windows 7, I ran into a small problem.

The Issue
Just after the deployment I had to enter the Product Key.

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At first I thought I made a mistake during the built proces, but after I asked a question at the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Forum. Because the first responses suggested that there was something wrong with my Deployment Share. After some suggestions and a start from scratch (the first time I imported and upgraded the ‘old’ deployment shares), also not importing the ‘old’ deployment shares, the answer came from Michael Niehaus:

“MDT 2012 Update 1 switched from using SETUP.EXE to instead use ImageX to apply the image.  As a result, if you use retail or OEM media, you’ll get a prompt because the product.ini file isn’t being read any more (SETUP.EXE did that, ImageX doesn’t).

Fortunately the fix is pretty simple:  Look up the correct setup (generic) key in the product.ini file on your media and specify it in the unattend.xml (second location).  After you do that, it won’t prompt any more.

This won’t happen with volume license media.”

So that’s probably also the people who responded earlier didn’t have the same issue, they were using volume license media!

 

The Solution
So, to fix the issue had to specify the (generic) product key (from the product.ini in the Sources folder)

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Open the unattend.xml (in the correct Control  Task Sequence folder) and enter the product key at the second   start-tag.

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Now you can just restart the Task Sequence and you won’t be asked for a product key during the deployment!

GeekNight 11 Video : The Infinite Possibilities of KinectGeekNight 11 Video : De Oneindige Mogelijkheden van Kinect

Last week wasn’t only TechNet_Live week, but on Thursday it was time for the yearly GeekNight! During this evening you can attend some really geeky presentations. The demo-part of one of the most geeky presentations of the evening was for sure the one of Sander Berkouwer and Marien de Gelder (of the Dutch company OGD).

Together they have written a cool application with which they can control Windows Server 2008 R2. In the short video (around 8 minutes) they show us how you can reboot a server (they don’t use keyboard and mouse!), Raise the AD level and Live Migrate some Virtual Machines from one Hyper-V host to another. For all the previous actions they won’t use keyboard or mouse (like every fat ass lazy SysAdmin would do 🙂 ), but instead they use Kinect. You know..Kinect…the new way of controlling your XBOX 360!

 

Sander Berkouwer and Marien de Gelder with some cool Kinect demo’s

The video above is show by me, so please forgive me for the ‘crappy’ quality. The session was recorded by Microsoft, but that session is not live yet.Afgelopen week was het niet alleen TechNet_Live week, op donderdag was het weer tijd voor de jaarlijkse GeekNight! Tijdens dit avond-event kun je een aantal zeer geeky presentaties volgen. Het demo-gedeelte van een van de meest geeky presentations van de avond was toch zeker die van Sander Berkouwer en Marien de Gelder (van het Nederlandse bedrijf OGD).

Samen hebben ze een zeer coole applicatie uitgedacht waarmee ze Windows Server 2008 R2 kunnen besturen. In deze korte video (van ongeveer 8 minuten) zullen ze laten zien hoe je een server kan rebooten (ze gebruken geen toetsenbord en muis!), het domain level kan ophogen en een Live Migrate kan uitvoeren van een aantal virtuele machines van de ene Hyper-V host naar de ander.

Voor alle voorgaande acties maken ze geen gebruik van toetsenbord en muis (zoals de meeste luie systeembeheerders zouden doen), maar in plaats hiervan gebruiken ze Kinect. Je weet wel…Kinect…de nieuwe manier om je XBOX 360 te bedienen!

Sander Berkouwer en Marien de Gelder met een paar coole Kinect demo’s

De video hierboven is door mij gefilmd, de kwaliteit is niet geweldig ik weet het…. Er zijn van deze sessie ook opnamen gemaakt door Microsoft zelf, maar helaas staan deze nog niet online.

MCTS Win2k8 R2, Desktop Virtualization Results

Just received an e-mail from Microsoft Learning today. I passed the MCTS Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Client Virtualization exam! Strange, normally you have to check the Prometric website to see if you have passed a Microsoft exam. Probably the system is working a lot smoother then with the last exams, let’s hope it stays this way with all the upcoming exams!

UPDATE : MCP: The 71-693 is available…what’s with the beta code?

NOTE : If you are unable to register for the exam, please also leave a comment at this MS Learning Blog Post so they will know who as unable to register 🙂

Update (11:00am CET) : Unable to register for this exam in the following countries : Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany. Probably some other European countries you’re unable to register for this exam right now.

UPDATE 2 (13:06 CET) : (thanks to Bas Steeloper) Prometric can’t take any action before 14:00 CET (that’s when the Prometric HQ will be available), but it will probably take until 20:00 CET before registration can take place for the European countries named above.

UPDATE 3 : The Beta code is working!!! Be quick and register for the 71-693 before it’s too late!

At 12:00am (EST) the 71-693 became available for registration. And also this time there will be a limited number of seats. With the last exam (71-659) it took about 8 hours before all the seats were filled. What do you think, will this exam be filled quicker?

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Too bad this time the exam code for the exam isn’t working in Europe, or at least in the Netherlands! Last few times there have been some issues that had something to do with some dudes leaking the promotional codes on the internet. I asked some friends over at MS Learning, but the told me there is only one beta code available, so it should work.
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The strange thing is…over at Canada there was at least somebody who was able to register for the exam, with the appropriate beta code, but in Europe nobody succeeded!

Register for the 71-693/70-693 at 6:00am CET

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In a couple of hours (6:00AM (CET) you will be able to register for the new Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator exam (70-693 / 71-693). This is the second in the line of three new Microsoft Virtualization exams of which the last will (for what I heard :)) be available in beta somewhere in the first quarter of 2010.

So December will be a busy month: Two exams, Christmas (and for the Dutchies..we also had Sinterklaas) and New Year’s Eve at the end of the month. It’s good to know that the exam period of the 71-693 will go from December 23rd, 2009 till January 15th, 2010. So this one I will schedule for the second week of the new year!

Later today I will publish a list with resources which you can use to prepare for the exam. Are you already prepared for the 71-659 (Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization)? Check out my preparation blog post!

Just to be clear. The beta exam will (probably) be available at 6:00am (CET). If you’re not in the European time zone you can check out your ‘launch time’ at this website.

Prepare yourself for the 71-659 Exam

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Earlier today I blogged about the availability of the new Windows Server 2008 Server Virtualization beta exam. You probably want to prepare yourself for this beta exam, but (as always with a beta exam) you can’t find all the info you need. That’s normal! The preparation material for a beta exam is always limited….but there is some info available. To make it easy for you, I’ll collected some resources and I placed them below!

  1. Exam Preparation Guide
  2. A Free 2 Hour Windows Server 2008 R2 Training
  3. Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview
  4. Download a Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Version
  5. Windows Server 2008 R2 Product Documentation
  6. Windows Server 2008 R2 Homepage

If you happen to run into some more resources, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list!

MCP: The 71-659 is available…be quick, seats are limited!

At 12:00am (EST) the 71-659 became available for registration. As I blogged before there will be a very limited number of seats!

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I’ve been able to register for the exam…..I’m curious how long it will take this time to fill up all the seats! Will Microsoft extend the number of seats again like they did before, they said they won’t…..

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To be clear : I won’t give you the promotional code to register for the exam. It will be announced later this week on the MS Learn Blog!

Exam : 71-659 : TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

Just received an e-mail from Microsoft inviting me for the 71-659 : TS: Window Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization. So if you have an up to date SME Profile with the right expertise mentioned, you probably received the same e-mail:

Register for Beta Exam 71-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

You are invited to take beta exam 71-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization. You were specifically chosen to participate in this beta because of your Microsoft Learning SME Profile or previous participation with Microsoft Learning. This opportunity will also be offered to the general public. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form.

By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

71-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

· MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator


Availability

Registration begins: December 1, 2009

Beta exam period runs: December 4, 2009– December 31, 2009

Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta. We recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

 

For everybody who hasn’t got a SME Profile already, just go and read here how to create your own SME Profile. Somewhere next week the information on how to register for the beta exam will be posted on the MS Learn blog….this will include the promotional code to register for the exam for free!

Update2 – MCP : Virtualization Exams and Eh…Desktop Administrator 7

Virtualization Exams
Today I read a nice blog post on the MS Learning blog. The post is about the three new virtualization exams which will enter the beta stage soon. If you want to attend one (or all) of the virtualization beta exams all you need is a SME Profile with the correct expertise! The post is a bit mysterious about the date on which the exams will be available. That was the reason for me to contact some friends of mine over at MS Learning. They were able to make some things clear, but didn’t give me the exact dates.

Exam Will enter beta on?
70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization December 1st
70-693: Pro: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator December 14th
70-669: TS: Desktop Virtualization Q1 2010

Ehh…Desktop Administrator 7

Earlier this week I blogged about my new MCITP Certification. I didn’t notice it right away, but Freddy Fuentes tweeted about it on November 20th. When he checked his transcript the exam showed up as the PRO: Windows 7, Desktop Administration and in the list of certifications it said : MCITP Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7. Oke..nothing strange I would say. But when you log on to the Certificate Manager the Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7 just said MCITP : Desktop Administrator 7 – Charter Member (Yeah..the Charter Member part was oke, but the Enterprise part is missing).
Freddy mentioned it to @MSLearning via Twitter. @MSLearning only responded with a short ‘interesting…I’ll find out’. Too bad it hasn’t been fixed yet, so when he told me he didn’t get any response yet from @MSLearning I decided to contact Krista who immediately took action (Thanks Krista!). She will blog about the issue later today on the MSLearning’s Born2Learn blog!
Krista told me she would look into the wrong certification name issue and she will have it fixed! When it’s fixed I’ll update my blog post. Krista also published a blog post about it at the MS Learning blog.