10 Tips for a More Successful Windows Image Build & Capture

In a recent build and capture (b&c) task sequence for ConfigMgr 2012 R2 that I was helping a customer with, I decided it was worthwhile to list the top things that can be overlooked.  If these are done prior to beginning the process, then it can help to shorten and troubleshooting time involved. Create an […]

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UI++ Open Beta Released

UI++ (formerly known as OSD++) version 2.0.1.0 has been released. This is the first open beta and available for anyone and everyone to download and use. Years in the making (yes years — I’ve been dragging my feet and getting distracted by work, life, and the World Cup), I’ve finally gotten to the point where UI++ is feature complete enough to release for general use. There are still features on the way and a few bugs I’m sure. The download on the project page contains everything you need to get…read more

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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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Event – People Centric IT

Hi All, I know that has been a while since the last post, a bit more than 1 month to be exactly. During this time, i have been busy creating and delivering couple of presentations (Birmingham and Reading) as well as creating content for this site (a blog post about this will happen soon :) ).. Birmingham i presented 4 sessions, (yes, i think people had too much of me that day) and Reading only 1…but was recorded, so once online i’ll post the link for you that missed. anyway, here you can download my presentations: BYOD & CYOD MDM with SCCM & Intune OSD And for those at the locations, send me an email (raphael AT rflsystems DOT co DOT uk) and you’ll be entering in a draw to win a copy of my e-book

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/event-people-centric-it/

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How to minimize the risk of an OSDisaster Part 1

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager does a great job of deploying Windows operating systems.  We (1E) have been able to hit some pretty high success rates in helping our customers with their Windows migrations.  However, if not done correctly, OSD can be very dangerous and can cripple your environment in a short amount of […]

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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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PowerShell OSD Frontend 2.0!

I have made fairly constant updates to my original OSD Frontend and I found it time to share among the community again. I had hoped to make this available a few months ago but wanted something a little more polished and a little less clunky than my first release.   As I played (and learned!) more with Windows Forms I made it...

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SCCM 2007 to ConfigMgr 2012 client migration site assignment issue

Recently discovered an interesting issue when migrating clients from SCCM 2007 R3 to ConfigMgr 2012 R2. Issue occurred while using client push, or during manual installs of the CM 2012 client. Some clients refused to assign to the new site code. BTW, this is one of the reasons that you always want to use 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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WinPE Boot image not updating

Recently, I ran into an issue where an OSD image deploy failed on the client side. Well, not exactly failed… the PXE boot process worked, nothing else completed though. The SMSTS.LOG indicated that the Network Driver could not be found. Strange, as I had added the proper NIC driver to the boot image and allowed […]

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OSD – Injecting the Windows 7 Kernel Mode Driver Framework (KMDF)

In a recent blog post by fellow Dell TechCenter Rockstar Warren Byle, he announced that many of the new Dell models (this is likely true with other vendors as well) require drives based on the updated Kernel Mode Driver Framework (1.11 at the time of this writing) in order to function properly.  With this new driver framework, Microsoft of course...

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Restoring the SMSDP Variable in ConfigMgr 2012

A recent ConfigMgr migration project turned up an environment variable that has been around since the SMS days but has recently fallen out of favor.  That variable is SMSDP, which is intended to provide reference to the Distribution Point providing content for a Task Sequence execution.  Following the aforementioned migration, the functions that had been leveraging this variable in the...

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