A language is a language is a patch? (in Specops)

So I just had a thought. Since Specops Deploy / OS (Deploy)  is built on Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). And MDT supports more than just languages, you can add patches, features and more. So why is Deploy limited to just languages, well the truth is: It’s not. You can add just about anything that you can add to MDT to Deploy. [Read more…]

The msi peeping tom tool ORCA

So I guess that most people working with any kind of deployment has needed to look into a msi file at some time. Microsoft has released a really basic and wonderful tool called ORCA. It will allow you to look into and edit msi files ad a really low level. So how do I download it. Well Microsoft has made it available in the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8. [Read more…]

Discovering the netboot GUID of virtual machines

So tonight I was playing around with deployment at home. Having tried both System Center Essentials and System Center Configuration Manager, it was time for another deployment solution. Since my company has a sister company specializing in system management software, I decided to give them a try. After installing I needed to find the netboot GUID since I didn’t really like using the mac address. So how do I get the netboot GUID of my Hyper-V virtual machines? Well powershell of course.

The powershell snippet: [Read more…]