MDT 2010: Fix for ‘Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user, using more than one user name, are not allowed”
There is now a fix for the problem that MDT 2010 has when connecting to the deployment share with different credentials in sysprep, refresh, replace and custom task-sequences.
Read more about it here
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 has been released for public downloading. Get your copy here.
Michael Niehaus did a great series of blog posts on most of the new features of MDT 2010.
- MDT 2010 New Feature #1: Logging directly to the network
- MDT 2010 New Feature #2: Gathering virtualization details
- MDT 2010 New Feature #3: Suspend and resume a Lite Touch task sequence
- MDT 2010 New Feature #4: Folders everywhere
- MDT 2010 New Feature #5: Support for multiple deployment shares
- MDT 2010 New Feature #6: Drag and drop
- MDT 2010 New Feature #7: Boot image creation optimized
- MDT 2010 New Feature #8: No more visible command windows when booting Lite Touch Windows PE
- MDT 2010 New Feature #9: Copy and paste support in the Deployment Workbench task sequence editor
- MDT 2010 New Feature #10: Detection of signed drivers
- MDT 2010 New Feature #11: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support
- MDT 2010 New Feature #12: USMT 4.0 hardlink support
- MDT 2010 New Feature #13: New task sequence templates
- MDT 2010 New Feature #14: Database improvements
- MDT 2010 New Feature #15: Finish actions
- MDT 2010 New Feature #16: PowerShell support
- MDT 2010 New Feature #17: Customizable boot image process
- MDT 2010 New Feature #18: Selection Profiles
- MDT 2010 New Feature #19: Improved Driver Management
Being one of the developers of Login VSI of course i have to want to post something about it, but since we at IThastobeCool want to give you something special i decided to create a video of what Login VSI really does.
The video shows you the “Medium” user workload of Login VSI Express (read: Free) in this session we measure user experience by timing window events. You can imagine running this test with one user does not tell you the performance of the server but look what happens when you add 287!
“Login VSI 2.0 is the second iteration of Login VSI 1.0: the free and specifically designed benchmark for SBC and VDI environments. VSI 2.0 introduces completely new workloads, and a improved and more accurate index called VSImax. Overall, VSI 2.0 will be a much smoother experience, many best practices and lessons learned from project VRC are now included in this release. The free version will now be called “Login VSI 2.0 Express”, the advanced version is called “Login VSI 2.0 PRO”. The most important new 2.0 features are:
Workload(s) re-build from scratch
· New, more realistic, medium workload (now 10 instead of 18 minutes)
· Real-world end-user websites (with rich flash content)
· Windows 7 and Windows 2008 r2 support
· IE 8 support
· New Zip and PDF printer (BullZip)
· Highly improved robustness (even under extreme loads)
· Improved response timer mechanism and index: VSImax
VSI 2.0 PRO features
· Multilanguage Support (Express only support English OS and Office)
· Detailed logging
· Runtime calibration of timed events and response time measurement using an external SQL server clock (important for hypervisor comparisons)
· Office 2003 and Office 2010 support
· Customization Support (ad your own apps to the VSI workload)
· New VSImax calculation: much more precise
· Automatic renaming of excel files to “testname.xltm”
· Remember settings from last session
AD Setup Changes
· Split system / user policy objects / added Computers OU
· Improved setup user objects (no password expiry etc)
· New pre-launch naming of test: no more archiving of tests needed
Login VSI beta can be downloaded from Login VSI download section.
Looks like Microsoft is releasing a "Green IT" release for SCCM....
As posted by Jeff Wettlaufer (Sr. Technical Product Manager System Center at Microsoft)
There are a few areas of focus for ConfigMgr R3, with the main engineering effort concentrating on Power Management. Here are the goals for this feature:
The goal of this capability is to enable Configuration Manager to further reduce the operational costs of IT by providing basic power management features native to the product. Our approach is based on 3 primary areas:
A. Help the organization plan a power strategy by monitoring current power state and consumptions and reporting on machine utilization trends, current power settings and current energy consumption
B. Enable the Administrator to easily create, deploy and enforce specific power settings using the existing ConfigMgr infrastructure
−Ability to set peak and non-peak schedules
−Ability to remediate settings if changed
−Ability to opt out machines from power policy
C. Provide the business meaningful report formats that are relevant to Power Management
An effective approach to power management needs to maximize power policy deployment while minimizing the impact to the end-user. System Center Configuration Manager helps customers further reduce their operational costs by adding new in box capability to their ConfigMgr infrastructure, and by seamlessly enabling power management client agent services to their existing Collection landscape.
In addition to power management, ConfigMgr R3 will provide customers with enhanced scale and performance support above current numbers. In addition, further capabilities – in time for your Window 7 deployments – around Operating System Deployment will be enabled.
Configuration Manager 2007 R3 will release will release as a beta at the end of October 2009, with a targeted release of late Q1 calendar 2010. Continued blogging and product news, Twitter updates, interviews with key people on the project, and some videos and demos of the new code in action will be releasing over the coming months.
As posted by Cliff Hobbs on wmug.co.uk.
It’s official, the RC of SP2 is now available for download from Connect.
IMPORTANT: Remember that that Microsoft only supports TAP Customers running this in Production. If you’re not a TAP customer then make sure you only run it in your lab.
The System Center Configuration Manager team would like to announce that the following has been released and available for download:
Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate
This is the official Release Candidate build for Configuration Manager 2007 SP2.
- Refer to the SP2 Overview article posted on the primary Configuration Manager MSConnect site for all the new features and new supported configurations
- Hotfixes included in SP2 article can be found on the primary Configuration Manager MSConnect page.
- Deployment guides for BranchCache and the new AMT features are available in the download section.
- The new OpsMgr07 R2 ConfigMgr07 Management Pack can also be downloaded, this supports 64bit OpsMgr client agents.
- Please review the Release Notes before performing any installation and upgrade.
Feedback and Support:
- All registered Sp2 Open Beta users can submit bugs, design change requests (DCR’s), and other feedback. See the help link on the ConfigMgr MSConnect homepage for more instructions.
- Newsgroups are a great way to post questions and receive general support question answers.
If you experience any issues with the download or the MSConnect site please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Configuration Manager Customer Team
The guys at virtualfuture.info have released a new version of their Application Virtualization Comparison Chart. This document compares all of the major products in the application virtualization market.
|Symantec||Software Virtualization Solution 6.1
Workspace Streaming 6.1
|Microsoft||Application Virtualization 4.5 CU1|
|Citrix||XenApp 5.0 & Streaming Profiler 1.3.1|
|VMware||ThinApp 4.0.3 (Build 3313)|
|XenoCode||Virtual Application Studio 2009 SP1|
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