Book Review – Packt Publishing | Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013

Hi everyone,

after a few weeks silence I want to give you a quick update about some books I reviewed the last months.

First one is “Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013” from Packt.

 The book is written by Jeff Stokes and Manuel Singer. I had fun reading and gained a good deep dive about MDT. 🙂

Book Description

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) provides a comprehensive collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployments. It considerably reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images. Moreover, MDT offers improved security and ongoing configuration management. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the official supported method of creating and customizing Windows images for deployment.

Starting from scratch, this book walks you through the MDT setup, task sequence creation, and image deployment steps in detail. Breaking down the various MDT concepts, this book will give you a thorough understanding of the deployment process.

Beginning with imaging concepts and theory, you will go on to build a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit environment. You will understand the intricacies of customizing the default user profile in different versions of Windows. Driver handling can be a challenge for larger organizations; we’ll cover various driver concepts including mandatory driver profiles. ]Other important topics like the User State Migration Tool (USMT), configuration of XML files, and how to troubleshoot the USMT are also discussed in the book.

We will cover the verifier and Windows Performance Toolkit for image validation scenarios. Furthermore, you will learn about MDT web frontend implementation as well as how to utilize the database capabilities of MDT for deeper deployment options. We’ll wrap it all up with some links to resources for more information, blogs to watch, and useful Twitter handles.

What You Will Learn

  • Build a production-ready MDT environment
  • Administer the environment for multiple users
  • Customize your reference image with an MDT Task Sequence
  • Create standalone media for offline deployments
  • Customize the default user profile according to the version of Windows
  • Get to grips with some troubleshooting steps and processes to reduce the time for recovery of a failed image
  • Customize and create Windows images for deployment
  • Discover useful tips and tricks to help save time in your deployment projects

You can order it via Packt Publishing. Link: https://www.packtpub.com/networking-and-servers/mastering-microsoft-deployment-toolkit

System Center 2016 TP 5 & Windows Server 2016 TP5 ready for download

Hi everybody,

another great news today. Microsoft made System Center 2016 TP5 and Windows Server 2016 TP5 available for download.

TP 5 is the last technical preview before the official release, which we think could be in Q3/Q4 2016.

To read more about what’s going on with technical preview 5, please click here.

VMQ Example Script for Intel E5-2680v3 & two vSwitch

Following configuration is for an Intel Xeon E5-2680v3 and Intel X520 NICs.

The Script will disable VMQ on iSCSI and enable and configure VMQ on converged VM and Fabric.

CPU distribution:

2016-04-21_19-42-29

 

Script:

new Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Hi everybody,

Microsoft recently publish a new free eBook. This time about the Windows Server 2016 Technical Prview.

You can download it here.

Introduction
Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses to large global enterprises. No matter what your role in IT, you can be guaranteed that you have touched Windows Server at some point in your career or, at the very least, you have seen it from afar! No matter what your area of expertise, this ebook introduces you to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and its latest developments, which is the next version of Windows Server.

Each chapter has been written by either field experts or members of the product group, who provide you with the latest information on every improvement or new feature that is coming in Windows Server. This information will help you to get ready for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and give you an opportunity to develop and design a path to introduce this powerful technology into your environment and take full advantage of what is to come. This book was written at a time when the product was still evolving, and it should be noted that things might change or not appear in the final version of Windows Server 2016 when it is released. All guidance in these chapters is meant to be tried and evaluated in a test setting; you should not implement this in a production environment.

This book assumes that you are familiar with key Windows Server concepts (i.e., Hyper-V, networking, and storage) as well as cloud technologies such as Microsoft Azure. In this ebook, we cover a variety of concepts related to the technology and present scenarios with a customer focus, but it is not intended as a how-to guide or design manual. You should use other sources including the online Microsoft resources to stay up to date with the latest developments on the roles and features of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. The online resources will also contain the latest how-to procedures and information about designing a Windows Server 2016 infrastructure for your business.