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Author: Dustin Hedges

SCCM/MDT 2012 BUG: Deploying Windows XP via USB Fails

Problem: When deploying Windows XP/2003 using the default SCCM 2012 SP1 Task Sequence with MDT 2012 Update 1 Integration, you receive the following error when first booting into the full OS: “Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation about ...

SCCM/MDT 2012 BUG: Deploying Windows XP Fails with Default Task Sequence Settings

At my company we are undergoing a migration from SCCM 2007 to SCCM 2012.  During this transition period I decided to take the opportunity to revamp our OSD Task Sequences to leverage more of the MDT components than we had previously done. I started this off by leveraging the new MDT templates of SCCM 2012 SP1 with MDT 2012 Update 1 integrated. Now I know what you are saying, “XP, time to get rid o...

Windows KMS Activation Lost

KMS licensing is great.  It makes deployment and license management extremely easy for IT, however every now and then something “goes wrong” and the system loses its activation status. Luckily, Microsoft has a script called slmgr.vbs that is used to register and re-register Windows.  More information on slmgr.vbs can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793433 In orde...

Updating Dell BIOS with PowerShell (Updated)

Some of you may be familiar from my earlier article “Dell BIOS Updates with PowerShell” and hopefully you have gotten some good use out of it.  There have been a few comments on that article and over time I’ve also had some issues with that version of the script brought to my attention. Some of these issues are: 1. Dell OptiPlex 745 updates don’t work because of the naming ...

Integrating Dell XPS 13 USB 3.0 Drivers into WinPE 3.x

As most of you know by now, Dell’s "newly" released XPS 13 Ultrabook contains a USB 3.0 chipset which also means you have to deal with a new, non-native driver for use with Windows PE.  With that, here is a quick and dirty guide on what drivers are needed for the XPS 13 for Windows PE. Download the drivers: Obviously the first step is to obtain our drivers.  So lets go to...

Detect SSD Drives via Script

This has been a big problem for deployment specialists ever since SSD’s became available.  There was just no good way of reliably identifying SSD’s during a deployment.  A couple of weeks ago a co-worker of mine stumbled upon this post explaining the fundamentals of how Windows was able to identify them. Well after some much anticipated wait time, Martyn (@mrcoups) finally released his...

How to Offline Patch ALL your .WIM images using DISM and PowerShell

I was watching my Twitter feed the other day and saw that Brandon Linton posted an excellent blog about How to Offline Patch a .WIM image using DISM. This is an excellent technique for injecting all of those Windows hotfixes that are not available via WSUS or just to quickly inject new patches without having to completely rebuild your images. Where I work, we really only build images once per quar...

Dell OMCI 8.x–Changing the Asset Tag with PowerShell

Last fall Dell released a major revision to their Open Manage Client Instrumentation (OMCI) management extension for their enterprise systems.  With this update they chose to align their WMI Namespace and Classes with industry standards and the writable WMI Classes and their associated instances, methods and properties were moved to the following WMI Namespace: ROOT\DCIM\SYSMAN This switch br...

PowerShell – Get Current Link Speed of a Remote System

Today I found myself troubleshooting an issue in a remote site and needing to find out what the client’s link speed is.  Easy information to get I said, I’ll just RDP to the box and look!  Well, a user was currently logged into the machine so no luck there (unless I really felt like being mean…).  So off to the internet I went to see just were I could pull this inf...

Dell BIOS Updates with PowerShell

The other day I was discussing with my colleagues about how we were going to deliver Dell BIOS updates to clients during our SCCM OSD deployments.  Several solutions were brought up including using SCUP 2011, a standard software package or just saying forget it and let the desktop support technicians handle it. We don’t yet have SCUP 2011 implemented in our environment and really don’t have the ti...

BitLocker/MBAM–Endorsement Keys and TPM Ownership

At my company we are in the process of evaluating the use of BitLocker/MBAM in place of another competing product (who will remain nameless) as we migrate our clients over to Windows 7.  As such, we’ve had to deal with the headaches of utilizing TPM, shrinking partitions to create the boot partition, etc.  Needless to say it’s been an experience. Credit goes to my colleague Joel Cook for...