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Notes from ConfigMgr 2012 Community Evaluation Program Theme 6: Operating System Deployment Webcast

The following information is my takeaway from the Theme 6 webcast...

Date: December 15, 2010

Presenter: John Vintzel, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

- Some optimizations coming for USMT 4 for use with CM 2012

- Offline Servicing will update a WIM without having to capture a new reference image. Sweet!

- Has a "Schedule Updates" wizard

- Can apply to one or more image files

- WIM is backed up before updates are applied for failsafe

- Uses DISM under the hood for applying updates

- Media Updates

- Prestart command (formerly pre-execution hook)

- Eliminates the complex steps required to add the prestart command to media

- Its integrated into the media creation process

- Can include files

- Add media specific variables

- Can use for any type of media (prestaged, bootable or standalone media)

- Automation Improvements

- Improvements to help with zero touch deployments

- No more "next" screens

- Does not suppress password screens needed for user intervention

- Allows deployment to be chosen from prestart command

- Hierarchy Wide Media

- New "Dynamic" mode for bootable or prestaged media

- Media will find its management point based on defined boundaries

- Can override by setting a variable from a prestart command

- I'm intrigued by the Primary User Assignment combo box.  More info coming in a few slides.

- MP selection is pretty straight-forward.  Add MP's to the media from the list of available MP's.

- I like the extra options for USMT 4 in the TS Editor.  Options include capturing files with normal FS access or VSS capturing.  Can also capture files via hard-link and in off-line mode (WinPE only).

- Application Integration

- Can use applications within OSD

- "Install Application" and "Install Packages" will be new tasks in the TS editor

- Requirement evaluation will occur in real time and the application is deployed during the TS

- Can install multiple apps (up to nine) within one "Install application" task

- Can install based on dynamic variable list

- Apps, Content and OSD

- Download on demand

- content is downloaded when needed by actions

- Download and execute

- content is downloaded for specified apps

- Dependencies are downloaded when the step is run and required by app

- Run from network

- Content is downloaded as required

- Dependencies are downloaded when the step is run and required by app

- Standalone media

- content is included on media for the specified apps

- User Device Affinity

- Ability to set primary user/device relationship during OSD

- Can be done from media, PXE or prestaged media

- Three options for setting UDS

- Do not allow (default)

- Pending admin approval

- Auto-approval

- Mode is associated to a certificate, can be revoked at anytime

- TS variable is set

- SMSTSUDAUsers is the variable used

- Format for the user ID is Domain\User

- Supports multiple users separated by command

- Can be set from prestart command, machine variable or during the TS

- UDA is set during the "Setup Windows and ConfigMgr" step after the client is registered

- Status messages specific to UDA will be sent during the UDA portion of the task

- Apps, UDA and TS'es

- Use apps for complex software installs in place of the task sequence

- apps are optimized for user targeting, TS is still machine based

- apps are optimized for conditional delivery, dependencies and version management

- Use TS for management of OS deployments

- only install apps that require state restore (USMT) as part of a TS

- UDA and pre-deploy will complete the installation of user targeted apps immediately after the TS completes

- PXE Service Point information release will have to wait until at least after TechReady

- Deployment Alignments

- TS'es are now aligned with software deployments for a common admin experience

- deployment monitoring is integrated with apps, packages, settings management, etc...

- TS'es are integrated with Software Center

- Centralized Management

- Improved experience for centralized administration

- OS deployment objects are global data and can be edited from CAS or primary

- TS'es are global data and can be deployed from CAS or primary

- computer import/association can occur at primary or CAS

- associations must contain two computers from same site

- DP's, PXE and state migration points can only be installed at a primary site

- Q and A time

- TechReady is at the end of February

- OSD can be Internet-deployed

- Have to interface with external CA

- Only removable media support for bootable OSD.  Not USB hard drives only thumb drives

- PXE service point can be virtualized

- .Net support will at some point be included with WinPE

Next meeting will be January 12, 2012: Settings Management.  Congrats to Scott Ewing on winning the Flip.  38 attendees today.

 

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