ConfigMgr Tech Preview – Deployment Verification!

The ConfigMgr 2012 May 2015 Tech Preview released today! There are quite a few new features to check out, most around MDM and Windows 10, but there was one that apparently got left out of the announcement and documentation. Full documentation: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn965439.aspx If you have been a ConfigMgr admin for a while, you have probably heard of Bank of Australia (CommBank) and Emory...

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Designing dynamic OSD environments and task sequences

What is the issue? Something I see fairly often is poor design of task sequences in an OSD environment. Do you need multiple task sequences for different driver sets? No. Do you need multiple task sequences for different application installs? No. Do you need different task sequences for different OS images? No. This is not to say all problems can...

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DaRT delayed load in ConfigMgr task sequence – Use Toolkit Package

We use 1E NomadBranch so our builds spend almost an hour in WinPE (pre-caching content) before booting into Windows. There are not many steps but sometimes there can be failures and we cannot always rely on the logs to be properly saved using SLSHARE. DaRT can be very useful here to allow remote access to WinPE. See Johan’s post to get it setup: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/131/Adding-DaRT-8-1-from-MDOP-2013-R2-to-ConfigMgr-2012-R2.aspx...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – DCR – Functionality to allow driver packages to be installed dynamically in task sequences

During a lengthy and fun discussion with Aaron Czechowski at TechEd this week, we discussed a very useful OSD feature request: Dynamic Driver Packages! If you have a lot of hardware models to support in your environment and are using Johan Arwidmark’s Total Control method you probably have task sequences that look like the picture above. These cause two major...

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Build & Capture: The file exists – Error 80070050

Recently I was doing a build & capture on my Hyper-V VM and came across this error during the capture task in WinPE. WIM error:C:\Windows\Installer\f1af.msp. The file exists. (Error: 80070050; Source: Windows) Failure detected. Aborting WIM operation hVolumeImage = WIMCaptureImage( m_hImageFile, const_cast<LPWSTR>(pathTargetVolume.c_str()), WIM_FLAG_VERIFY ), HRESULT=80070050 (e:\qfe\nts\sms\framework\tscore\wimfile.cpp,569) Unable to capture the volume image (0×80070050) Some searching online didn’t find much, a...

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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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