Windows Analytics – Upgrade Readiness

Windows Analytics is a set of tools provided by Microsoft that once configured will provide you with quite a bit data about the devices in your environment. Currently Microsoft provide three solutions which can be used together or as individual products, the one I am going to focus on in this blog post is Upgrade… Read More »

Upgrading to SCCM 1511

This week I finally found some time to upgrade my lab environment to SCCM 1511.  My previous SCCM environment was running SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 so upgrading from this version was in the supported upgrade path so there was no need to apply any additional updates.  If you are running any of the below flavours… Read More »

Another SCCM gotcha

I’ve seen this a couple of times before but as a colleague of mine experienced it recently whilst trying to build a desktop using an SCCM offline media build that he had taken out to a client site I thought I’d post about the problem. The build started and installed the OS and ConfigMgr client ok… Read More »

SCCM 2012 OSD Gotcha

When deploying operating systems using SCCM 2012 you may find that your operating system has been deployed to any drive but the C: drive. This can be very frustrating when you have sat there for an hour waiting for your build to be deployed only to find the operating system has been deployed to wrong… Read More »

SCCM 2012 R2 PXE boot error: Could not find boot image

This post is more of a reminder for myself however I thought I would share it just in case anyone else experiences the same issue.  I was playing around in my lab today working on a new Task Sequence to deploy Windows 10.  I created a new Boot Image and imported it into SCCM remembering to… Read More »

Set a WSUS Target Group during build and capture

I recently found myself needing to set a WSUS target group during the build and capture of a Windows 7 image using MDT.  This is a typical scenario when clients don’t assign updates to the unassigned computers group on WSUS and is quite easy to get around.

Excluding Files and Folders during USMT

Normally when running USMT to capture there are files and folders that I don’t want to capture, typically these maybe folders containing extracted drivers or certain portions of the users profiles, to do this I use the below code.

Debug Task Sequence

A good way to test your scripts or application installs in a deployment environment is to use a debug task sequence, Dan over at The Deployment Guys blog posted this http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2011/11/04/zti-mdt-debugger-1-0.aspx which you can download an install.

How to test your customsettings.ini file

Before making changes to a live customsettings.ini file, I like to test the file to ensure that any changes I have made do not break the deployment share.  There are a couple of ways that you can do this, one way is shown here http://deploymentbunny.com/2011/04/27/quick-and-dirty-testing-customsettings-ini-variables-in-mdt/, in my case I do it this way.

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