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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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 update is available for the “Operating System Deployment” feature of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

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Download the hotfix here. This update resolves the following issues in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. Issue 1 After you enable the PXE Service Point role on an instance of a specific distribution point, or you select the Deploy this boot image from the PXE-enabled distribution point property of a boot image, the […]

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ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 USMT to UNC Templates

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I’ve had several people contact me asking if I had new templates for ConfigMgr 2012 for my popular USMT to UNC posts I’ve done in the past.  I’ve cleaned up the process quite a bit over the years and here is what I’ve been using with clients lately. In this blog post I will explain […]

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ConfigMgr 2012 OSD – Failed to run unattended

One fairly common scenario for Operating System Deployment in ConfigMgr is the use of boot media to initiate the OSD process.  It’s pretty straightforward: you create the CD/DVD .iso file or bootable USB key, pop it in the system you want to image (or mount the .iso in a virtual environment), and kick off your Task Sequence. However, in your excitement...

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MDT Application Mapping in ConfigMgr 2012

MDT 2012 Update 1 contains a nice little and very easy to use feature known as Package Mapping. This feature enables software to be automatically (re-)installed during a refresh scenario task sequence if it is installed in the current OS instance/installation. It does this by mapping the software listed in Add/Remove Programs on the existing OS installation (by querying ConfigMgr’s hardware inventory information for that system) to ConfigMgr packages and then adds those packages (and programs) to the package install list. To easily set this up, follow Brad Tucker’s blog…read more

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A QuickStart Guide to Using Web Services in MDT / SCCM

A baker doesn’t have the same job as an accountant who doesn’t have the same job as a painter: different tools, different working environment, different products. Whereas you wouldn’t dream of developing a working environment for one of those users and forcing the other two to use it, this often is the base premise for corporate desktops; a one-size-fits-all approach...

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