All posts in Operating System Deployment

OSD Frontends Series

My OSD Frontends three part series was released on the 1E blog a few months back; check it out:

Cross-site Images in ConfigMgr

If you create your OS images using ConfigMgr one potential issue is that the ConfigMgr client agent is embedded in your image. In and of itself, this isn’t a huge deal if you are also deploying the image to systems that will be managed in that same ConfigMgr site or hierarchy. If however, you need to use that image in another site or hierarchy, say for example in a lab environment, then you will run into issues during the deployment task sequence with many tasks. Read more…

Boot Image Backgrounds

To me aesthetics (even if I can’t spell that without the help of a spell-checker) are very important; basically, if it “looks” shoddy, haphazard, or thrown together, it probably is. This goes for things like a GUI (and is the reason I worked hard on making UI++ *look* polished as well as actually working well) and for things like the backgrounds shown during operating system deployment (OSD). For every customer that I’ve ever worked with, I’ve created a custom set of boot image backgrounds for this very reason (some better than others of course). Read more…

OSD Information Script for ConfigMgr

Here’s my version of an OSD information tattoo script for ConfigMgr. There are a few others out there, but I didn’t like exactly how they worked or they weren’t really production ready IMO. This version is however heavily based on the OSD Tattooer Script by Stephane van Gulick which was close to what I wanted but not quite. Read more…

The Trouble With Tribbles … I Mean Drivers

Drivers are my least favorite thing to deal with in ConfigMgr — there always seems to be a one-off issue to handle. And now, like tribbles, drivers are multiplying out of control. Read more…

Boot image selection in ConfigMgr

Boot image selection during PXE in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) is something that comes up from time to time in the forums as well as every-day discussions. This can be quite confusing to explain or comprehend in normal language even though it’s truly not that difficult once you get it. Read more…

MDT Application Mapping in ConfigMgr 2012

MDT 2012 Update 1 contains a nice little and very easy to use feature known as Package Mapping. This feature enables software to be automatically (re-)installed during a refresh scenario task sequence if it is installed in the current OS instance/installation. Read more…

Collecting USMT Estimates using ConfigMgr

A common ask is how much space is needed to store user state data captured by USMT. This is an important question to answer so that you know how space you may potentially need when capturing user data to the network in traditional Replace scenario task sequences. Read more…

KB2522623 and Offline Servicing

In a recent post about ConfigMgr 2012 Application Installation Failures, I discussed applying the hotfix described in KB2522623 during a build and capture task sequence to resolve access denied error for untrusted clients for Install Application tasks. Read more…

OSD and Multicast

Multicast is a commonly misunderstood technology particularly with respect to OSD in ConfigMgr. The basic misperception revolves around multicast somehow being “magically” faster or better than the normal unicast method for transferring content to target systems. As with all technologies, there are times when multicast works well and times it does not. Read more…

Load More