SCCM 2012 R2 – Driver Packages (Specific driver packages to specific devices)

Players, When it comes to driver packages and deploying Windows to multiple hardware variants using the same task sequence, every man and his dog has a way of doing it. Some of us like to be precise and other don’t mind how this is configured as long as all the drivers are on the DP and they get onto machines one way or another … So, lets pretend that we want to be a little more specific with drivers and we don’t like “Auto Deploy” as we have taken the time to create individual driver packages for each hardware variant. Here is some guidance on how to deploy specific driver packages to specific devices via the task sequence. 1. We need to know what the model name is for the specific machine/s first. So open command prompt (or PowerShell if you want to look cool) and type WMIC Computersystem GET Model you should get…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/sccm-2012-r2-driver-packages-specific-driver-packages-to-specific-devices/

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My Sessions at the Midwest Management Summit

I am really honored to have been a speaker at the first ever Midwest Management Summit (aka the new MMS), that took place November 10th – 12th in Minnesota.  This event was the who’s who of systems management and did not disappoint.  There were over 100 sessions delivered in three days by 50+ experts (which included 32 Microsoft […]

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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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ConfigMgr 2012 – Image Revisioning (Deploying and Archiving)

This series of articles will provide a method of tracking end-to-end OSD revisioning using a few simple Task Sequence tasks and an optional PowerShell script.  In this first article, looked at why the out-of-box forensic information is useful but insufficient, and we implement a method for version control in the core image.  Now that we have a method of tagging...

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ConfigMgr 2012 – Image Revisioning (Getting Started)

This topic has come up several times on the myITforum email lists, so this seems like a good opportunity to provide an example of how to do image version control in ConfigMgr.  There are numerous different ways this can be done, so this is just an outline that should be modified or improved upon to fit the particular implementation.  Ultimately,...

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SCCM 2012 R2 – Supported Hardware checks in Task Sequence

Players, Deploying Windows has fed my kids and put a roof over my head for a few years so its safe to say that I take it seriously. Sometimes I like to automate things and try to find the simplest way of doing stuff where possible. I don’t cut corners however. Never. But recently I’ve found a few who do. A few engineers I worked with (for a client) were specifically instructed to only build HP machines. I stress again ONLY HP. The reasons were political, but they chose to ignore this as they had all the drivers for their laptops, they continued to use the single task sequence and build just about anything they had drivers for. Needless to say, the managers were pissed off and they wanted to simply remove the task sequence and instructed me to create another, ready for production in 2 hours … Simple you say?…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/heinrich/heinrich_pelser-sccm-2012-r2-supported-hardware-checks-in-task-sequence/

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10 #1 best practices for OS Deployment with ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Here’s a quick list of the links from my TechEd Europe session this morning.  More info to follow over the next few weeks! “KISS—start simple, and work your way toward complexity.” – Rob Marshall “Automate process to import drivers and create driver packages.” – Kent Agerlund and “Automate, Automate, Automate. Manually building images is not […]

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Do I Deploy 1E Nomad Everywhere, or to Remote Clients Only? (Part 1)

BACKGROUND OK, so you’re tired of the out-of-the-box Configuration Manager software distribution process melting your WAN links, and fed up with baby-sitting Distribution Points (DPs). Add to that the 1E Sales guy and his techie sidekick have you convinced that 1E Nomad is clearly the right solution to your problems. Maybe you did [...]

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October Microsoft Patch Disrupting ConfigMgr OSD

The October 2014 Patch Tuesday batch has brought a fresh round of OS deployment problems for ConfigMgr 2012 users. Several people have reported Security Update KB2984976 requiring multiple reboots, which intereferes with ConfigMgr Task Sequences as they cannot accommodate multiple reboots for a Software Update during the OSD process.  This issue has been acknowledged and documented by Microsoft as a known...

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