Automate “UDA Application” Installations During OSD

As I’m escaping the windowless lab a client has set up for me and seeking refuge in a well lit cafe for lunch, I chance upon a colleague who works for a national consulting firm. I invite him to join me, and after the initial pleasantries we start discussing our current projects. To our mutual amusement, we’re both working on...

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An OSD Front End with PowerShell

Daniel Ratliff recently upgraded his site to System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1.  Prior to that he was utilizing an HTML-based front end for OSD for ConfigMgr 2007. With the improved capability in ConfigMgr 2012 and support for PowerShell 3.0 in WinPE 4.0, he felt the need to develop his own front end.  And, thankfully, he also felt the need...

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Fully Automate Your Quarterly Build & Capture Process

Best practices has your desktop deployment not installing Windows via the setup.exe each and every time, but rather deploying a captured Windows image and building off of that. You choice of a thin or fat image is up to you and your environmental needs, but periodically executing a Build & Capture (B&C) routine that installs Windows and all the latest...

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FAQ: What version of MDT is supported to run with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta?

This question came across the MDT/OSD email discussion list overnight, but it one that has been asked multiple times before.  Here’s the answer… Q: What version of MDT is supported to run with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta? A: (From Michael Niehaus)  MDT 2012 Update 1, build 2373.  The original MDT 2012 Update 1 was released before ConfigMgr 2012 CU1 and...

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Confirmed: SMSCACHESIZE is ignored in ConfigMgr 2012

There’s been a running thread on the MDT/OSD email discussion list that started in July 2012 about the SMSCACHESIZE setting not working within an OS deployment task sequence for ConfigMgr 2012.  In ConfigMgr 2007, you could use the SMSCACHESIZE setting to bump up the client’s cache size during the OS deployment.  In ConfigMgr 2012, that’s no longer the case.  No...

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Failing PXE boots with SCCM 2007

While updating our primary x86 boot image with new network drivers from the Dell WinPE Driver Pack today, we ran into an issue where PXE boot stopped working after we updated the DPs for the boot image (the standard DP and PXE DP). First off, the PXE boot screen looked different on the clients. After identifying the MAC address and...

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OSD/Task Sequence/PXE – Duplicate SMBIOS GUIDs (System UUIDs) in SCCM 2007

This article is regarding an issue we originally blogged about over at The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog regarding issues with PXE booting caused by duplicate SMBIOS GUIDs.. At the time that we wrote the article we really didn’t have a good solution or workaround on the ConfigMgr/WDS side to fix the issue. Since the issue was a problem caused...

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