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14th Jul 2008

Make changes to WDS/SCCM boot file to run script before Task Sequence:

  I recently had a customer who couldn’t re image machines because of some hidden partition stuff on manufacture preloaded machines. It actually turned out that a couple of files needed to be removed prior to running the TS. So we added a  script to be run prior to the launch of the TS, to […]

Category: Boot Media, OS Deployment  |  1 Comment

12th Jul 2008

Using BDD/MDT DriverPaths1 in SCCM

  I have always loved the DriverPaths1=\\server\path\%model% part of BDD\MDT because it enabled you to have all your model specific drivers in a corresponding folder rather than a repository. SCCM pretty much forces you to use repositories…. I know that you can create different driver packages and categorize your drivers, thereby  enabling you to only […]

Category: Drivers  |  5 Comments

9th Jul 2008

Keep Test Computers in Test collection.

  When testing your different deployment scenarios eg. Task Sequences, you normally create a Test collection, and associate a test PC to that collection. Now ones the PC has successfully carried out the steps in the TS, you might want to change some thing, and then run the TS again. You now find that the […]

Category: Config Mgr, OS Deployment  |  Comment

8th Jul 2008

Storage drivers in XP image

When capturing an image, it’s always a good idea to add needed storage drivers to the [SysprepMassStorage] section of your Sysprep.inf before capturing. The two most common Mass Storage Drivers are the : Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver (IaStore.sys) and Dell SAS 5x and SAS 6x Controller Driver (symmpi.sys)   In Sysprep.inf add the following […]

Category: Drivers  |  1 Comment

1st Jul 2008

Unpack Intel drivers

  I recently spent more time that I should have, trying to unpack both the Intel NIC drivers executable and the Mass Storage driver executable. For some reason it is not easy to find the correct switches to use for this action, and when you find them it can be somewhat difficult to figure out […]

Category: Drivers  |  2 Comments