Automatically remove computers from a collection and reset the last PXE advertisement flag after a Deployment has finished
Maik Koster posted a nice blog discussing the removal of computers from a collection after OSD has completed. This is especially handy if you are using his web service to drive your OSD process.
Read the full post here.
Two of the administrative tasks you often have to do after a SCCM based Deployment has finished is removing the computer from the OSD Collection it has been added to start the Deployment (you don’t really want to leave a computer in a collection with an active OSD advertisement, do you?), and to clear the last PXE Advertisement flag in cases the Deployment has been started via PXE.
The latter is mainly interesting for testing purposes, where you need to re-image the same computers over and over again. But it’s also helpful in cases where the initial Deployment failed. If the underlying problem has now been fixed the Tech (or End-user) might not be able to re-initiate the Deployment before you also cleared the last PXE advertisement flag of that computer. I understand that this has been created to avoid kind of a Deployment loop for computers configured to boot from network first. But as we also remove the computer from the collection there shouldn’t be any bad side-effect. And there is still the caching on the PSP.
Since Version 7.0 the Deployment Webservice (Download) supports a couple methods that let us remove a computer from a specific collection and also to clear the last PXE advertisement flag. So all we actually need to know is the current collection. The following is based on an idea from Richard Zuraff and Jason Scheffelmaer (give credit where credit is due ;-) ). They suggested to simply add the same custom variable to each OSD Collection and then just add the CollectionID to this variable. If the TS executes, this variable will be available for us and filled with the ID of the appropriate collection. This way we can use a generic approach to remove the computer from whatever collection is configured in this variable. Very easy to implement and support.