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Quick Steps: Deploying an Operating System Image with System Center Configuration Manager

Although you can manually create new task sequences in System Center Configuration Manager, MDT includes task sequence template files that can be imported into System Center Configuration Manager.

1. Open Configure ConfigMgr Integration.

2. The Configure ConfigMgr Integration window opens. Make sure that Install the ConfigMgr extensions is selected.

3. Click Finish.

These task sequence templates dramatically reduce the effort required to create task sequences in System Center Configuration Manager.

4. Open the ConfigMgr Console.

5. Expand Site Database | Computer Management | Operating System Deployment, and then click Task Sequences.

Using the Create Microsoft Deployment Task sequence wizard, you can choose the template type you want to create, and customize it for your environment.

6. In the Actions pane, click Create Microsoft Deployment Task Sequence.

7. The Create Microsoft Deployment Task Sequence dialog appears. Click Cancel.

You need to create the Configuration Manager package that OSD will use to install the Configuration Manager client after distributing the new operating system image. The list of packages for the site appears in the results pane. This will be the first package.

8. In the navigation pane, expand Computer Management | Software Distribution, and then click Packages.

9. In the Actions pane, click New, and then click Package from Definition.

10. The Create Package from Definition Wizard appears. Click Next.

11. On the Package Definition page, click Configuration Manager Client Upgrade, and then click Next.

The Create Package from Definition Wizard allows you to select the package definition file to use. The default package definitions built into Configuration Manager 2007 include the Configuration Manager Client Upgrade package definition.

12. On the Source Files page, click Always obtain files from a source directory, and then click Next.

13. On the Source Directory page, click Local drive on site server, and then click Browse.

14. The Browse for Folder dialog box appears. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Client, and then click OK.

15. Click Next.

16. On the Summary page, click Finish.

There are no distribution points assigned to this package yet. You must add a distribution point (DP). The package will be copied to the distribution point.

17. In the navigation pane, expand Packages | Microsoft Configuration Manager Client Upgrade, and then click Distribution Points.

18. In the Actions pane, click New Distribution Point.

19. The New Distribution Points Wizard appears. Click Next.

20. On the Copy Package page, click SEA-SC-01, and then click Next.

21. On the Wizard Completed page, click Close.

You also need to distribute the boot image package to a distribution point. This is the boot image that will be used to start the client computers prior to deploying the operating system image. The boot image will be copied to the designated distribution point.

22. In the navigation pane, expand Site Database | Computer Management | Operating System Deployment |Boot Images | Boot Image (x86), and then click Distribution Points.

23. In the Actions pane, click New Distribution Point.

24. The New Distribution Points Wizard appears. Click Next.

25. On the Copy Package page, click the server name that will serve as the new DP, and then click Next.

26. On the Wizard Completed page, click Close.

You must also create a PXE service point to allow network boot. A PXE service point must be installed on a Windows Deployment Server (WDS). You must also install the PXE service point system role to the DP. You can do this by using the New Site Role Wizard. The default configuration is to use the computer account to access the Configuration Manager site database to validate client identity, and to create a self-signed certificate that is valid for one year.

27. In the navigation pane, expand Site Database | Site Management | Your Site | Site Settings | Site Systems, and then click the server name.

28. In the Actions pane, click New Roles.

29. The New Site Role Wizard appears. Click Next.

30. On the System Role Selection page, click Distribution point, PXE service point, and then click Next three times.

31. On the Wizard Completed page, click Close.

Next, you need to create an operating system package. You can create an operating system image from an image file previously created.

32. In the navigation pane, expand Site Database | Computer Management | Operating System Deployment, and then click Operating System Images.

33. In the Actions pane, click Add Operating System Image.

34. The Add Operating System Image Wizard appears. In the Path field, type the path to your image file

35. Click Next.

The Add Operating System Image Wizard General dialog box allows you to specify the name, version and a comment for the operating system to be created.

36. On the General page, in the Name field, type Windows 7, and then click Next twice.

37. On the Wizard Completed page, click Close.

To deploy this image, boot from the network on the client machine, and then choose the correct image name from the available options. Note that you do not need to distribute the operating system image to the PXE service point. The client will retrieve the image from the distribution point.

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