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MDT 2010, IE9, offlineServicing error

Came across this the other day and didn’t see anything come up in a Google search so figured I’d blog it.
If you’ve recently added Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) to your MDT deployment, and you’re getting an offlineServicing error when deploying an OS, you may want to check this out.
The problem seems to occur when:

You’re running … Read more »

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MDT 2010 and WinPE 3.1 Reboot issue

If you’ve recently updated your WinPE from 3.0 to 3.1, you may notice an annoying reboot issue.
It looks like this: after you’ve rebuilt the .wim image, and booted from it via WDS (Windows Deployment Services), WinPE boots up and shows the Solution Accelerator background, but after a short period of time, it reboots the PC … Read more »

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Got problems deploying .Net Framework 4.0 on MDT 2010?

Recently I’ve been having really weird issues getting the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 to be deployed as an Application via Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
It would install perfectly if I installed it as a local admin user with the /q /norestart command, but doing the same thing through MDT resulted in the app hanging (and thus, the … Read more »

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Deploying Office 2010 – Prevent Activation Wizard

If you’re deploying Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 with a MAK key, and you want to avoid the user seeing the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard when they first start up an Office application, follow these instructions:

Run the Office 2010 Customization Tool (OCT)
Open up your customised MSP file
Go to: Setup > Add installations and run programs … Read more »

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Automatically install Windows Updates / Hotfixes when installing Vista

If, like us, you run a BDD or MDT setup in order to install your Operating Systems, this might be useful 🙂
If you’d like to pre-install Vista updates and hotfixes while Vista is installing:

Go to your Distribution Share (C:\Distribution)
Go into Operating Systems, then find your Vista OS (C:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows Vista Business SP1 – 32bit\)
Create a … Read more »