Task Sequence Variables for SCCM

Players, I wanted to share a pretty cool spreadsheet that a fellow professional showed me, I asked if he’s happy for me to share it, and here it is. Its a brilliant reference guide for all the task sequence variables available in SCCM 2012/2007 and how they work. Variable Class Description SCCM 2007 SCCM 2012 _SMSTSAdvertID Built in Stores the current running task sequence deployment unique ID. It uses the same format as a Configuration Manager software distribution deployment ID. If the task sequence is running from stand-alone media, this variable is undefined. Yes Yes _SMSTSBootImageID Built in Stores the Configuration Manager boot image package ID if a boot image package is associated with the current running task sequence. The variable will not be set if no Configuration Manager boot image package is associated. Yes Yes _SMSTSClientGUID Built in Stores the value of Configuration Manager client GUID. This variable is…

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Finally, debugging VBScript and JavaScript for free! – Visual Studio Community 2013 published

One of the most popular posts I’ve written so far was about using Visual Studio Express to debug VBScript and JavaScript in local scripts, hta files etc. Probably not popular in terms of the absolute count of visitors, as the target audience of my blog is pretty straightforward due to the…

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Including Pre-Flight Checks in Your Ultimate Task Sequence

Introduction Much time and effort goes into developing the “ultimate task sequence”. The first true test of that claim is during a pilot, as you venture into the unknown. Real-world Scenario One such situation was during a large-scale OSD project, where the customer provided a handful machines to test with. A few of the deployments failed at the start of...

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Add or remove features in MDT WinPE

Not going too deep here, just something I found the other day. In your MDT 2013 Deploymentshare, if you go to the share’s properties, you will find the WinPE Tab and the WinPE’s features: In here you can add components to your boot images. These components are either in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools (like DaRT: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/131/Adding-DaRT-8-1-from-MDOP-2013-R2-to-ConfigMgr-2012-R2.aspx ) or in your ADK install directory here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs If you take a look at the latter, you might see that there are components in there that don’t show up in that list in your MDT Deploymentshare, for example WinPE-FMAPI.cab (File Management API). Why is that? … Continue reading

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Add or remove features in MDT WinPE

Not going too deep here, just something I found the other day. In your MDT 2013 Deploymentshare, if you go to the share’s properties, you will find the WinPE Tab and the WinPE’s features: In here you can add components to your boot images. These components are either in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools (like DaRT: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/131/Adding-DaRT-8-1-from-MDOP-2013-R2-to-ConfigMgr-2012-R2.aspx ) or in your ADK install directory here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs If you take a look at the latter, you might see that there are components in there that don’t show up in that list in your MDT Deploymentshare, for example WinPE-FMAPI.cab (File Management API). Why is that? […]

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What if Windows 8.1 had intelligence and no-one cared?

I am currently working on a Windows 8.1 deployment that will end up on quite a few tablets used in retail stores. Interesting project from a requirements perspective, because usually I never had to worry about machines being stolen by customers that much New Feature in Windows 8.1 Update Of course, I am deploying Windows 8.1 Update (latest and greatest!) to these tablets which is easy. Create a Build & Capture Task Sequence in MDT and afterwards deploy it with whatever you like. I have to stick to MDT as a deployment tool for the time being, as the customer has not yet upgraded their ConfigMgr environment to 2012 R2. […]

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What if Windows 8.1 had intelligence and no-one cared?

I am currently working on a Windows 8.1 deployment that will end up on quite a few tablets used in retail stores. Interesting project from a requirements perspective, because usually I never had to worry about machines being stolen by customers that much New Feature in Windows 8.1 Update Of course, I am deploying Windows 8.1 Update (latest and greatest!) to these tablets which is easy. Create a Build & Capture Task Sequence in MDT and afterwards deploy it with whatever you like. I have to stick to MDT as a deployment tool for the time being, as the customer has not yet upgraded their ConfigMgr environment to 2012 R2. … Continue reading

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Whole Disk .WIM backup using SCCM 2012 R2

Players, Recently I needed to provide my client with a little confidence in OSD around what was possible with backups … there was some fear over users data etc … so I needed to lay down the Iron Curtain … the task was simple and yet politically complex as they needed to capture certain users entire disk drives for many uninteresting reasons… Now, we have a few options available to us when it comes to SCCM, we could use witchcraft enchantment spells called hard-link and create a state-store (USMT) that holds the data inside a folder on the C Drive. Or we could summon the powers of the State Migration Points and keep data in users profiles for a certain period of time in hardware replacement scenarios. But what if all you need is to capture everything in one go? Easy, here’s how and it will take you about 10 minutes to set…

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