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Thanks! August 25, 2013

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Time passes, and most of the members of the Xtreme Deployment Consulting Team have moved on.

We can be reached at the following:

Tim Mintner – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-mintner/2/740/6a1

Keith Garner – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/keith-garner/24/719/474

Dave Field – http://www.linkedin.com/in/davefield

Polly Reese – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/polly-reese/1/441/a84

Micah Rowland – http://www.linkedin.com/in/micahjrowland

Thanks to our clients and friends.


P2V Migration for Software Assurance Beta 2 Now Available – with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 integration September 26, 2010

Posted by keithga in Announcements, MDT 2010, System Center Configuration Manager, Troubleshooting, USMT, VBscript, Windows 7.
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We’ve been busy here at Xtreme Consulting Group, recently Keith worked as a Developer on the P2V Migration project with Microsoft.

For more information on P2V Migration, click here.

P2V Migration adds documentation and support of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Zero Touch Installation! 

What is better than spending a moment to kick off a completely automated process to redeliver an existing operating system as a virtual machine within a new build of Windows 7?
Answer: Making the entire process “zero touch” without necessitating a visit to the target computer or manually initiating the migration!

P2V Migration for Software Assurance can now be implemented using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Operating System Deployment as well as native Lite Touch Installation with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 U1. Computer refresh, replace and restore task sequence templates for Configuration Manager are included and documented in this Beta release.

clip_image001 P2V Migration templates integrated with Microsoft Deployment Task Sequence options in System Center Configuration Manager. Can be created and advertised as with other task sequence options.

Additional optimizations beyond Configuration Manager functionality included in this release are:

1. Better flexibility for backing-up and restoring VHD files using default file locations

2. Support for PCs using system and boot volumes

3. Globalization of scripts to handle varying regional and locale formats

4. General bug fixes and improved documentation

These fixes reflect the feedback of our Connect community and MVPs – thanks to everyone for submitting feedback!

Download P2V Migration for Software Assurance Beta 2 now:

P2V Migration for Software Assurance

New to P2V Migration for Software Assurance?


This solution was built to help unblock OS deployments by redelivering blocking users’ old Windows environments, applications and browsers seamlessly in Windows 7 using automated physical-to-virtual migration

P2V Migration for Software Assurance uses the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Sysinternals Disk2VHD and optionally System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to convert a user’s existing Windows XP or newer client environment to a virtual hard disk then automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system containing a virtual machine with the user’s previous Windows environment, applications and Web browser. The user’s previous virtual desktop retains its existing management components, domain membership and policies. The process also publishes applications and the browser for the user to access them seamlessly within Windows 7’s start menu.

How it Works

clip_image002 Completely automated process enables the previous operating system to be a child virtual machine inside the Windows 7 host.
clip_image003 Standalone application and Internet Explorer links published from virtual machine to native Windows 7 start menu. These applications can be launched individually using RemoteApp integration – without showing the entire virtual machine’s desktop.


Keith Garner is a Deployment Specialist with Xtreme Consulting Group

Keith Garner on MDT 2010 March 10, 2010

Posted by keithga in Announcements, MDT 2010, PowerShell, Speaking Engagements.
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(It’s been busy around here at Xtreme Consulting)…

Keith was interviewed on the PowerScripting Podcast last week!

MDT 2010 uses Powershell quite extensively for Server Management, and Xtreme Deployment has been developing custom scripts for MDT 2010.

You can hear the podcast here.

– Keith

Keith Garner is a Deployment Specialist with Xtreme Consulting Group

Great Overview on Windows Deployment A-Z… January 18, 2010

Posted by keithga in Announcements, MDT 2010, Windows 7.
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Our friend Jeremy Chapman has written a whitepaper:

Deploying Windows 7 from A to Z.doc

It’s a good introductory reference to MDT, SCCM, and Deployment in general.


Keith Garner is a Deployment Specialist with Xtreme Consulting Group

MDT Forum on Technet December 17, 2009

Posted by tmintner in Announcements, MDT 2010.
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If you have MDT related support questions that you don’t think can be answered in a blog comment, come on over to the MDT Forum on Technet.  Keith and I both have been answering support questions there.




See ya there!


– Tim

Announcement: Xtreme Consulting Deployment Team! October 23, 2009

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Welcome to Xtreme Deployment!  We will be posting technical blog posts on OS Deployment using Microsoft technologies such as MDT 2010 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007.  Check back often for updates!

Xtreme Consulting Group is pleased to announce the formation of the Xtreme Consulting Deployment Team. A team within Xtreme Consulting Group, specializing in Windows Deployments.

Several Members of the Xtreme Consulting Deployment Team have recently come off an engagement with the Microsoft team that developed the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 is the latest version of the critically acclaimed deployment software for the Windows Operating System. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the de-facto reference design for deployments of Windows Operating Systems and Applications.

The Xtreme Consulting Deployment Team has been formed to fill a critical need for experts in Windows Deployment. Whether are preparing your first deployment system, or need help developing customized scripts or enhancements for your existing system. Xreme Consulting’s Deployment Team is resource you need.

The formation of the Xtreme Consulting Deployment Team comes at the same time as Microsoft is releasing their new flagship product Windows 7. With the release of Windows 7, more and more companies are evaluating their internal desktop platform requirements, and looking into methods and scripts to deploy this new operating system.

Here are a few of the members on the team:

  • Tim Mintner – Tim Mintner has over fifteen years consulting experience with many of the largest companies in the world on Systems Management and Operating System Deployment.  Most recently, Tim was a Senior Software Development Engineer for Microsoft on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and helped ship six versions of MDT that have been downloaded by over 300,000 customers worldwide.  Tim has been an author for Technet Magazine and is a highly rated speaker at Microsoft events such as the Microsoft Management Summit and Microsoft TechEd.  Tim is actively involved in the Systems Management and OS Deployment community and has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valued Professional for his efforts with User Groups and online communities.
  • Keith Garner – Keith Garner has been working in the Puget Sound region at the Microsoft Corporate Headquarters as a Software Developer for fifteen years, mostly in the Windows Product Group, and Microsoft IT, specializing in Windows OS Internals, and Deployment. For the past 4 years, Keith has been working as a consultant with Xtreme Consulting Group, working on several Microsoft projects, including BDD/MDT, and most recently MDT 2010.
  • Polly Reese – Polly has almost 20 years of industry experience. Responsible for the delivery and engagement management of Microsoft Consulting Services for the Global Deployment practice including pipeline, revenue, utilization, and delivery management of desktop deployment services worldwide.   Provided leadership, evangelism and education to the global Microsoft deployment expert community.

Xtreme Consulting Deployment Team is the resource for your next deployment project. And we have solutions and resources for a wide range of projects.

  • Xtreme Consulting Deployment Team are the experts on MDT 2010. MDT 2010 is the de-facto reference system designed by Microsoft for Windows Deployments in the business environment.
  • Xtreme Consulting Services has a large library of common deployment tools and systems ready to be droped into your Corporate environment.
    In some instances, we can setup a fully functional, common deployment (MDT Litetouch) solution on site, and in just hours containing:

    • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008
    • Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, and more…
    • PDF Readers, Media Players, Microsoft Silverlight Clients, Anti Virus clients.
    • Runtime Environments like: .NET Frameworks (all versions), Java Runtimes.
    • Server tools like: SQL Server, Sharepoint Server.
    • Development Environments: Visual Studio,
  • Xtreme Consulting Services has several Subject Matter Experts on the critically aclaimed Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.
    • Custom Scripts, configurations, custom wizard pages, etc…
    • Advanced Debugging of complex scenarios, etc..

Let Xtreme Consulting Services Deployment Team help you get your IT infrastructure under control.

Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc. is a business and IT services firm that delivers project management and consulting services to help clients reduce costs, enhance organizational flexibility, and improve performance. The company specializes in project/program management, development infrastructure & engineering planned IT, web design & development, and SharePoint portal development. Xtreme Consulting Group operates throughout the US from their corporate offices in Redmond, WA. More information about Xtreme can be found at www.xtremeconsulting.com