Presenting at TechDays San Francisco only two weeks away

On June 5-6, the Pacific IT Pros user group is hosting their TechDays San Francisco event. There is still time to register, and for 2 days of training from recognized speakers (and me too) the price is a bargain. Head over to and register today.

Below is a summary of the sessions I will be presenting on Deploying Windows 8.1 with MDT.

Getting Started with MDT 2013 to Deploy Windows 8.1

Designed for IT professionals who are new to MDT and/or Windows 8.1, this session demonstrates how to set up your first deployment shares and get you started quickly. Many Windows 8.1 specific deployment tips will be included, such as customizing the start screen and Windows Modern app deployment. Other demonstrations will include application silent installers and setting up PXE. We’ll look at the most basic aspects of troubleshooting in MDT. The session overall will focus on applying some tried and true practices of OS deployment with MDT.

Application Deployment Tips and Tricks for MDT

MDT provides out-of-the-box support for deploying Microsoft Office applications. Beyond those, you need to find out the silent installation options for other applications. This session demonstrates some practices to make application installations consistent, regardless of their origin. You will learn general approaches to finding, testing and implementing silent installations for many common and some not-so-common applications. You should walk away from this session confident that there will be far fewer applications in your inventory that will require manual installations as part of PC deployments.

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