Server deployment with Configuration Manager

Before you start any server deployment projects save you self a lot of time by reading these documents: IBM server deployment – HP server deployment – Dell server deployment –

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Creating and Using Toolkit package..

A nice thing about Integrating MDT into Config. mgr is the functionalities the Toolkit package gives you. The obvious thing being the ability to use all the MDT script without having to create individual packages.. Another thing I really like, is the fact that it will set a variable that points to the package, allowing […]

Category: Config Mgr, OS Deployment  |  5 Comments

Automate changes to Device manager ( DEVCON )

  During Automated Build and capture, and sometimes during deployment it’s nice to be able to automate changes to the device manager (well devices, but basally the ones you se in the device manager).  Her the Microsoft tool DEVCON comes in handy.. Lets say you need to remove some devices before you capture you master […]

Category: Drivers  |  Comment

Creating Custom Boot Image (boot.wim)

When using  System Centre Configuration Manager for OS deployment you always use WinPE as your boot media/environment for deploying  the actual image… Normally you can just use the boot image supplied with SCCM (a WinPE 2.1 wim, taken from WAIK and placed in \\”SiteServer”\SMS_”SiteCode”\osd\boot\”architecture”\boot.wim), with out any further considerations. Well you might have to inject […]

Category: Boot Media, WinPE  |  8 Comments

Speed up your Microsoft Virtual PC environment

  Playing around with OS deployment (and teaching MS MOC courses) I often use virtual environments such as Microsoft Virtual PC and Virtual Server. Now more often that not I find myself pulling out what little hair I have left, in sheer frustrated over the speed with witch VPC/server runs… I mean trying to run […]

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Setting up the Custom Media Hook (pre TS action)

  If you want to run a script before the actual TS start, well even before the boot CD looks to SCCM for policies to run, you could add a Custom Media Hook. The Media Hook will run a script defined in an INI file and not enter TS mode before it has finished.. This […]

Category: Boot Media  |  15 Comments

Easy way to install depending on Chassis Type (laptop, Desktop or Server)

Lets say you have a application you only want to install on laptops, like f.ex. VPN or battery SW. Well now how do you get around this?? I use the MDT variable IsLaptop  as an option on my Task Sequence step. 1. add the MDT Gather step somewhere after the image has been deployed   […]

Category: Config Mgr  |  4 Comments

Capture from VPC keeps rebooting when deployed.

  I normally like to capture my reference images from a virtual machine as it eliminates a lot of the driver issues you have if you capture an Actual machine. I did sometimes run into problems capturing XP images though. The build and capture posses would work fine, but once I deployed the image (with […]

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Using WDS for legacy RIS images, SCCM boot Images, and PSP (SCCM PXE Service Point)

  Setting up WDS 1. If WDS is already installed go to step 4 2. Make sure you are running Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later 3. Go to "add or remove programs" and open "add/Remove windows components". Scroll to the bottom of the wizard and check of "windows deployment services" and hit NEXT (Make […]

Category: Boot Media  |  3 Comments

Working with different languages in Windows XP

  Deploying XP with different languages can sometimes be a real challenge. Not that it’s that difficult to make the different settings in sysprep.inf or unattend.txt but you still need to make sure the correct files are present during installation, and depending on how you do this, a number of things can go wrong. First […]

Category: Language  |  4 Comments