Silent, Offline Install for Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise with MDT

It's time to start preparing a new thick image for the computer labs. There are some interesting changes that need to be made this go-around, including a solution for Installing Office 2016 (VL, MSI) together with Visio and/or Project 2016 (click-to-run, C2R): Deadlocked, but I will write about that later. This post is about Visual … Continue reading Silent, Offline Install for Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise with MDT

Installing Office 2016 (VL, MSI) together with Visio and/or Project 2016 (click-to-run, C2R): Deadlocked

While the particular scenario I am describing here is likely common only at educational institutions, for those affected, it is a major showstopper. This blog post details the common licensing and deployment practices for higher education labs and the particular conundrum it causes with Office 2016 and Visio/Project 2016. I am proposing two workarounds that could help and one I've included just for completeness. I am calling on Microsoft to address the issue with a real fix.

Performing a Silent Install of SQL Server Management Studio (2016)

With the release of SQL Server 2016, SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is now a stand-alone tool. It requires no licensing and can be downloaded without as much as registering. Because it is a separate download, it requires a separate installation. The computer labs I manage have SQL Server installed, including Management Studio. Prior to … Continue reading Performing a Silent Install of SQL Server Management Studio (2016)

Software Interplay Issues: Netop Vision 7.2 and Lenovo System Update 4.01

I spent a few hours today trying to understand why a number of computers in our (higher education computer lab) environment did not want to download updates for drivers using Lenovo's System Update tool. I tried disabling the usual suspects (particularly McAfee Anti-Virus 8.7i Enterprise and the Windows Firewall), but nothing made a difference. So then … Continue reading Software Interplay Issues: Netop Vision 7.2 and Lenovo System Update 4.01