Rhonda Layfield


Rhonda Layfield has helped people securely deploy, protect, and streamline their IT resources for almost 30 years. She’s a Setup and Deployment MVP and a desktop deployment product specialist who loves to share her knowledge. For Rhonda's deployment class schedule, please see "Find Rhonda" at www.DeploymentDr.com.

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager lets you manage PCs and serve
Migrating from SCCM 2007 to SCCM 2012 1
Here's what you need to know to perform the migration from System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
Windows 8 Deployment Tools
With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft introduces new deployment tools and enhances some existing ones.
Sidebar: Pre-staging a Client 1

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Pre-staging a client computer can help to make your WDS deployment solution more secure. Not just any client can deploy an image from your WDS server—only the clients you've pre-staged. Follow these steps to pre-stage a client computer:

Windows Deployment Service in Server 2008 R2
Windows Deployment Services can save you huge amounts of time when you're deploying clients. Learn the basics, from installation to creating client images.
Application Migration with MDT 2010
Use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 to migrate your Windows XP machines to Windows 7 without having to manually reinstall every application.
Perform Windows 7 Bare-Metal Installations with MDT 2010
If you're planning a bare-metal installation of Windows 7, use MDT 2010 and follow this step-by-step guide to get your necessary applications, drivers, and packages in place with the OS.
Create Windows 7 Media for Deployment 2
No network, no problem. Use MDT to make media and deploy from portable storage.
XP to Windows 7 Migration with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 4
Follow these step-by-step instructions to get your Windows XP machines migrated to Windows 7 quickly and easily with help from a powerful Microsoft tool.
Using WDS with Windows Server 2008 1
Use this step-by-step WDS guide to deploy your client OSs from Server 2008.
Configuring DHCP and WDS 3

During a WDS client's boot process, the normal DHCP traffic occurs. The client broadcasts for an IP address to port UDP 67. Traditionally, only DHCP listened on port UDP 67, but now WDS also listens on port UDP 67 (more on this in a second). When the DHCP server hears the request, it makes an offer. The offer contains an IP address, subnet mask, and any DHCP options you might have set. The client then requests that the DHCP server assign the offerred IP address to the client’s MAC address.

Windows Vista Zero Touch Installations with BDD 1
Follow this step-by-step explanation of a Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) using Business Desktop Deployment 2007 (BDD) and Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS) to distribute the Windows Vista operating system (OS) to your enterprise.
Using Deployment Workbench 1
Looking for a no-muss, no-fuss way to create and deploy a new Vista or XP installation? Microsoft’s Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment’s (BDD’s) Deployment Workbench tool is the solution you’ve been waiting for.
Installation Checklist for a BDD ZTI

If you're using Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) with Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS) to distribute your Vista OS, you'll need to install the following:

Steps for Preparing for Vista Deployment
Are you considering an upgrade to Vista? Be sure to follow these steps before moving forward with a deployment.
Planning Your Vista Deployment with BDD
Before you spend a lot of time and money on a Vista upgrade, check out the free downloadable tools from Microsoft.
Azure Master Class

Azure Master Class with John Savill
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Every organization is currently evaluating how they can utilize the public cloud, what it means, and how to actually get started. This 12 session Master Class will equip you with everything you need to understand, evaluate, deploy and maintain environments that utilize Microsoft Azure including hybrid scenarios.


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