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  • Blog Post: OSD for Linux Imaging? Yes, really.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! DISCLAIMER ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So first things first. ConfigMgr task sequencing in no way, shape or form has been tested for imaging Linux. There is no in built support for Linux and if you choose to leverage task sequencing for Linux then you are treading in unsupported...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2012: OSD Machine Variables not available to task sequence – Post Mortem review

    Note:  This blog post discusses details of the database for the purposes of understanding and troubleshooting the described scenario.  Editing the database directly is unsupported and should be done only when so advised by Microsoft support. Note:  Attempting to trace the following in...
  • Blog Post: How to create offline or standalone USB media for OS Deployment in ConfigMgr 2007

    Wrote up this entry over on the system center support team blog - http://blogs.technet.com/b/configurationmgr/archive/2011/05/05/how-to-create-offline-or-standalone-usb-media-for-os-deployment-in-configmgr-2007.aspx
  • Blog Post: SCCM state messaging–in depth

    State messaging is a new mechanism in SCCM which reflects point in time conditions on the client.  Status messages, by contrast, work to help administrators track the flow of data through various SCCM components.  There is even a status message viewer built right into the console so these messages...
  • Blog Post: Problems Creating USB Media with Windows 7

    I’ve seen a number of folks running into issues creating USB media when the SCCM admin console is running on a Windows 7 system.  Windows 2008 R2 should have the same issue but on at least one system I’ve tested I didn’t see it – and it was configured with a hidden system partition – just like Windows...
  • Blog Post: OS Imaging via Web Page

    OSD is a powerful imaging tool but setting up systems to be imaged may require a user have access to the SCCM console. This often means that the SCCM staff gets assigned the task of imaging. Wouldn’t it be cool if the OSD users could setup imaging themselves without having to use the SCCM console...
  • Blog Post: Unable to import WIM into SCCM console

    Ran across an interesting issue today.  When trying to import an OSD WIM image into the ConfigMgr console we received an error that ‘the specified path does not contain a valid WIM file’.  Generally, this error can be linked to a corrupt install of the WAIK or spaces in the UNC path. ...
  • Blog Post: Installation Failure of OEM Deployment Tools

    OEMs (currently Dell and IBM) provide deployment packs that plug into the OSD feature of SCCM to help deploy operating systems to their specific hardware. These deployment packs provide some cool features - one of which is the ability to provision servers with a variety of system requirements (BIOS,...
  • Blog Post: MDT and SCCM 2007 - better together

    Now that R2 for SCCM has shipped that includes multicast support, unknown computer support and run as support in OSD one might ask the question - why do I need MDT?  There is a great deal to MDT, including the ability to operate standalone and in conjunction with SMS 2003.  For SCCM specifically...
  • Blog Post: Setting up Multicasting in SCCM

    Multicasting is a new feature of R2 in SCCM and is a welcome addition to the OSD feature. Multicast allows for image deployment with a much reduced network load. If, for example, you are deploying a 500 MB image to 20 workstations that have just arrived from the OEM then with normal OSD imaging you would...
  • Blog Post: Unknown Computers in SCCM 2007 R2- how it works

    My previous blog entry discussed how to configure unknown computer support in SCCM 2007 R2 - but how exactly does it work?  I was curious so dug in a bit.  Let's start by reviewing the logs from an 'unknown' system that has booted from a CD configured for 'unknown' computer support and walk...
  • Blog Post: Unknown Computers in SCCM 2007 R2 - overview

    One of the new features in SCCM 2007 R2 is support for OSD deployments to 'Unknown' Computers - computers that do not exist in the SCCM database. This is a feature that did exist in previous releases of OSD (SMS 2003) but was removed for security and safety reasons. There are specific environments where...
  • Blog Post: SCCM 2007 OSD - boot images - drivers - lab shell

    In the SMS 2003 OSD feature pack one of the common challenges was having the correct drivers on hand ahead of time to ensure smooth operation during the imaging process. Further, seeing into the OSD process during the Windows PE phase required replacing the OSDSHELL ahead of time with the lab version...
  • Blog Post: SCCM 2007 OSD and driver catalogs

    A challenge for customers in OSD feature pack was having the correct drivers available for the hardware being imaged - both during the Windows PE phase and after the image was deployed and the new operating system booted. Further, customers were limited to only being able import NIC and Mass Storage...
  • Blog Post: SCCM 2007 OSD and task sequences

    Another big change for OSD in SCCM 2007 is the introduction of the 'task sequencing' engine. As the name suggests, task sequences allow administrators to define a series of steps that are followed in order for installing an image - such steps include capturing machine and user state, defining additional...
  • Blog Post: OSD in SCCM 2007

    There have been quite a few updates to OSD in SCCM 2007. I’ll use the next several entries to go over some of the key changes. For this entry lets discuss one key change that applies to provisioning a bare metal machine. Current releases of the OSD feature pack allow an operating system to be installed...
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