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Author: Jay Connor

SCCM 2012 SP1 pre-req check fails verification when using the same download folder used as original install.

If the verification of the downloads fail make sure you aren’t using the same folder as you used during the original setup of SCCM as it will use the manifest file that is in that folder.  

SCCM 2012: Removing a site system from the console that is no longer online

If you ever are in a situation where you have a Site System that has been decommissioned or failed in some way that isn’t going to be restored you wont be able to remove the system from the console for at least 24 hours as the Site Server will keep retrying a clean up for each role installed. To get around this 1. Make sure all the roles apart from Component Server and Site System are remove...

SCCM Backup Fails with message ID 5045

Over the weekend the backup failed with this message. Looking at the logs it said: Error: SMS Writer not found.    SMS_SITE_BACKUP    31/03/2012 7:02:00 PM    13656 (0x3558) STATMSG: ID=5045 SEV=E LEV=M SOURCE=”SMS Server” COMP=”SMS_SITE_BACKUP” SYS=SCCM01 SITE=ABC PID=22556 TID=13656 GMTDATE=Sat Mar 31 08:02:00.657 2012 ISTR0=”” ISTR1=”” ISTR2=̶...

Version control and ignoring Pre-Staged Media when needed

What was bugging us with Pre-Staged media is that it always skips the apply OS Step. I wanted it to download the OS wim if we had made changes to the base that weren’t just microsoft updates. The CheckBaseVersion script will make sccm download the wim if it is older than 3 versions. This allows us to increment the version +3 if we want to force it to download while the vendor gets the new co...

MDT 2012 is unable to save bitlocker recovery key to the AD

  During OSD we found that the step to enable bitlocker was not storing the recovery key in the AD, this is because sccm won’t process any group policies until the task sequence is complete. To get around this problem you can export HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\FVE and create a package then add a run command line step using that package  to the task sequence before the enable bitlocker st...

Using SCCM to deploy Linux ( and dual boot with XP)

First off I have to say I know hardly anything about Linux! I was given a linux SOE installed “prepped” on a second partition and was tasked to get it deployed via sccm. The first problem was automating the bootloader; I didn’t want to have to use grub as the default bootloader so I tried tutorials on the internet to copy the grub bootsector bits and use the Windows bootloader to...

Setup Windows and ConfigMgr using PATCH="%_SMSTSMDataPath%\ fails: 1635

We recently had this error happen when reimaging a Windows 7 machine. %_SMSTSMDataPath% is chosen during OSD by finding the largest drive. The problem is that the variable %_SMSTSMDataPath% is not re-evaluated just before the step Setup windows and ConfigMgr when it boots into Windows so it still uses the drive letter decided in Winpe. Drive letters are determined differently in Winpe, they are ar...

Finding drivers when they are not on the manufacturers site

I recently was having a difficult time finding drivers for the SMSC infrared driver for Win7. So I thought I would give Windows Update a try – it’s excellent. To search and download drivers or updates in the catalog visit http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=8973

Super Mega Non-Microsoft Browser Deployment Post – Chrome, Safari, Firefox

Sometimes I get requests that I make me say ‘wow, really?’ then I just do them, this is one. Not confirmed exactly if every browser on the planet is going in our W7 SOE or just being made available to computers. I’ve been tasked to create packages for Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox with basic plugins (flash, java), home page set, auto-updates disabled. Here goes:...

How to deal with multiple hash mismatches during OS Deployment

We recently added another distribution point to the mix and for some reason the task sequences started failing getting the following error at different sections: The hash value is not correct. (Error: 80091007; Source: Windows) For each program that does this we found the fix to be Refresh the distribution points, then update the distribution point straight after. This worked but the time consumin...

USMT 4 – Excluding users bug?

For some reason using the /ue:*\Administrator and /uel:90 in the same command USMT would still migrate the Administrator account over. We couldn’t have this as we are using /md:*\Domain (moves any profile to a domain profile) on loadstate and any accounts that don’t exist on the domain will cause USMT to fail. I have decided not to exclude users that haven’t logged on for 90 days...

BITS is a bit..ch

I found a really good blog about troubleshooting SCCM and BITS downloads http://iboyd.net/index.php/2009/01/09/troubleshooting-sccm-and-bits-downloads/ If you are having trouble with certain packages downloading, a good log to look at is the latest .log file in C:\inetpub\logs\LogFiles\W3SVC1\ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943891 lists all the error codes.. One issue I was having was deploying a...

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