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Modena Tools (OSD Tools and Driver Sync)

I got an email from a friend a while back tipping me off to some OSD tools in development by Microsoft that I hadn’t heard about. The codename of the project is Modena. It is currently in beta and can be found on the Connect site.

So…what is Modena? From the Cravings of OSD blog…

Modena is a “collection” of tools aimed at simplifying your deployment tasks when using Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2. …  Modena, with OSD Tools and Driver Sync, includes the blueprint we use at Microsoft to deploy Windows 7.  We provide our end-user experience, exported task sequence, pre-flight scripts, and our driver sync tool to simplify management of drivers in your enterprise.

I have not been able to install them in my demo environment to test them out yet (hope to do so this week), but from what I could read about so far…I’m pretty excited about what I saw. It appears to be a pretty comprehensive “Front End” to the OSD process along with a tool to simplify the driver management component of your OS deployment. Being that those two components are where a lot of companies tend to have the most issues in the OSD process…this is a welcome addition to the OSD toolbox.

You can read more about what is included in Modena in a fairly expansive blog post on the “Cravings” blog.

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October 27, 2009 - Posted by | ConfigMgr, Windows 7

2 Comments »

  1. OK… So you know when you are deep in a single topic you speak in acronyms that only those in your area understand. I see OSD scattered around your blog, but don’t see a definition for what it is but knowing you I assume it is Operating System Deployment or wait is it Office Silent Deployment. If I go to the cravings of OSD blog they don’t even explain the term. If I google OSD I see nothing related to what you are talking about in the top 50 results.

    Just wanted to let you know that you have gone deep my friend.

    Comment by Kent | October 27, 2009

  2. Hey Kent! How’s Australia treating you?

    You are correct…I do make a few assumptions with certain posts on my blog! One of those assumptions is that friends who are hitting my blog for my personal posts will ignore the technical posts (and the subsequent acronymns!). OSD is Operating System Deployment as you guessed.

    Comment by Jarvis | October 28, 2009


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