Author: Chris Nackers

Compatibility Pack for SMS 2003 SP3 that adds Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as supported clients

“We recognize that Windows 7 is an opportunity for organizations to reduce their costs, improve security, and improve productivity. Windows 7 helps achieve these goals. However, organizations do not maximize the return on investment of Windows 7 without modern infrastructure to support it. We want organizations to benefit from the latest platform’s features. To achieve these goals, we want t...

Configuration Manager–Hydrating Secondary Sites with ConfigMgr

The following solution(s) are provided as-is without any warranty, confers no rights and is not supported by the Author(s). Use at your own risk. Installing and configuring Configuration Manager Secondary Sites is often a manual and time consuming task. If you have 50 or more sites that can be a significant amount of time spent installing and configuring Secondary Sites. The Hydration approach att...

Windows 7 – XP Mode

So this week i’ve been playing with Windows 7 and the “XP Mode” that is built on Virtual PC. I must say that i’ve been impressed with it thus far. This mode allows you to install XP applications in a VM and then those applications are published to the host’s start menu. You can launch the application from the start menu even though it’s actually launching from the virtual environment. I had instal...

USMT 3 : Migrating Printers and Network drives

USMT version 3, no longer migrates printers in Windows XP by default. USMT 2.6 did do this type of migration. In order to migrate printer and network drives, you need to create a custom.xml file. Here is an example of the information you need. Remember that your http line needs to contain the filename at the end, so in this case the file would be custom.xml <?xml version="1.0" encodin...

Viewing Package Dependencies in SMS 2003

I know of two ways to view package dependencies. One way is use a sql query as per John Nelsons’ blog: https://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jnelson/archive/2008/06/19/118724.aspx You can take this query and create a web repot from it. Another way is to use the SMS Package Dependency Viewer: http://sourceforge.net/projects/smsdepview/ Here is the main program screen: Here is a sample screenshot of some ...

Debugging SMS 2003 OSD Processes

One of the tricks i’ve learned over the years is a way to debug your rules and settings for your ZTI OSD process. If you make a small change, sometimes you just want to see if that change or rule is processed correctly. Which means you don’t want to have actually do a full ZTI every time you want to test a change. If you just want to test a change to your customsettings.ini you can create a quick ...

Getting The ConfigMgr V.Next VHD To Work For Native VHD Boot

This came from the myITforum SMS email distribution list. Credit to Richard Benfield for figuring this out and posting the solution to the mail list. Here is the long and short of getting the SCCM vNext VHD Test Drive to work for Native VHD Boot: 1) Download the SCCM vNext VHD Test Drive from the following link (Note it is over 9.5 GB so it will take a while): a. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads...

Configuration Manager and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit User State Migration Tool & SMP Bug (ConfigMgr/MDT)

There is a bug in ztiuserstate.wsf that prevents a MDT integrated Task Sequence from connecting to the SMP (State Migration Point) to upload the .mig file. The chances of running into this are pretty slim since most newer hardware has fairly large hard drives. This is something I usually test for though, I like to cover all the situations that might happen. You can use a dummy file creator to fill...