All posts tagged Task Sequence

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…

OSD and RunOnce

I recently stumbled onto a somewhat major issue during OSD that is the result of a fundamental (bad) assumption made by many including Windows itself and Internet Explorer. That assumption is that at some point during the deployment of Windows (Windows 7 in this case), an Administrator will log on to the system. Read more…

Installing Fonts During OSD

Here’s a simple little script to install fonts during OSD. Note that this is an example of not doing any manual work during OSD: manual work is un-IT. Read more…

Accessing OSD Troubleshooting Tools

About the only method for troubleshooting issues in OSD is to drop to a command-prompt (by pressing F8) and then running whatever tool you need; e.g., Trace32. The only real problem with this method is making whatever tools you need available to you. Read more…

Microsoft.SMS.TSEnvironment

So COM is a huge topic that I can’t even imagine scratching the surface of in a single post; MSDN and CodeProject are two great places to learn about COM though. Note also that in many ways, COM has been replaced by .Net so you won’t even see many people using it anymore, but it still exists and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Read more…

Setup Windows and ConfigMgr Task

Build and Capture and Software Updates

A problem that crops up on the forums every now and then in addition to causing me to pull out some hair is deploying updates during a Build and Capture Task Sequence (TS). There are actually two problems that manifest themselves during a Build and Capture that don’t normally occur and both are caused because the client system is not part of the domain during the TS. Read more…

Windows XP Drivers Do Not Install During a Task Sequence

Well, I’m not actually that old, but I did learn a new trick today. I’ve been fighting the drivers is an OSD XP deployment task sequence for an HP dc5800. The drivers just wouldn’t load. The TS copied them down to the system properly, the DriverPaths registry value was updated properly, but the drivers wouldn’t load. Read more…

The UI in WinPE After Applying the Image

OSD User Context and Interactivity

As a discovery exercise, I created a small, stand-alone app using AutoIT that displays a dialog box with the current value of the environment variables USERNAME and USERDOMAIN, and then waits for the OK button to be pushed. I then added this app to a ConfigMgr package and called it using a command-line task in various places in a task sequence. Read more…

Blank Task Sequence Variables

A new feature of Configuration Manager 2007 R2 is the ability to define a Task Sequence Variable on a Collection or individual resource without a value. Then when the Task Sequence initiates on a system, a dialog box is presented where you can set the value of the variable. Read more…