About Show #231
Richard and Greg talk to the one-and-only Rhonda Layfield about the beta 1 of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012. MDT 2012 is a free tool for doing operating system, driver and software deployments. Rhonda talks about how MDT is becoming more closely integrated with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), to the point that you need to use MDT with SCCM to do zero touch deployment. The conversation digresses into a series of discussions around fundamentals of IT, talking a bit about networking, user profiles, disk performance and more - a good chat with a good friend about what matters in IT!
Rhonda has been in the IT industry for 27 years beginning with 7 years in the US Navy as a communications specialist with a top secret clearance. Since then she has worked with large utility companies owning nuclear power plants as their Sr. Security Analyst and contracted to Microsoft PSS networking group. She is an international speaker who specializes in Microsoft's new deployment tools and Network Monitor. She enjoys showing you how to quickly and cheaply roll out thousands of desktop and Server OSes and troubleshoot them if they fail. With her two day hands on class she will walk you through all the Microsoft deployment tools so you can decide for yourself which is right for your environment. She is currently an NT/2000/2003 MCSE, Setup & Deployment MVP and Desktop Deployment Product Specialist (DDPS). She contributes articles to and Windows IT Pro magazine and has co-authored two books, one on Windows Server 2003 and another on Windows Server 2008.