Deploying Windows Server 2003 x64 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) on Hyper-V

As my project is working towards building new environments using virtual servers on Hyper-V, I’ve been working with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to create standardized server deploy images.  MDT provides a wonderful mechanism to provide a repeatable build process.  In addition to the obvious advantage of speed and saving the mental health of the…

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Location of the BizTalk 2009 Redistributable CAB files

We’re in the midst of upgrade from BizTalk 2006 R2 to 2009 at my customer.  In this environment, only the developers’ workstations have internet access, so to install BizTalk 2009 on the servers, I have to download the redistributable CAB files manually, save them to a network share and specify their location during the upgrade process. The problem…

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Using SQL instance name when using a static port

Did you know that if you have a named instance of SQL, and that SQL instance is setup to use a static port (e.g. 2375 for something random), that you do not need to use the instance name when connecting to the SQL instance? For example, if I setup a server, called Server1, and I…

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Enumerating the AddLocal parameters for a quiet BizTalk installation

More adventures in scripting – I’ve been using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 to work on scripting server installations in our fledgling Hyper-V environment.  The goal of this process is both to be able to quickly stand up new environments for disaster recovery as well as eliminating infrastructure discrepancies when deploying across environments (no more “It worked on my box”…

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