Monthly Archives: January 2011

Drivers and Task Sequences

This guide describes my process for importing drivers into SCCM 2007 for use during the deployment of an Operating System using the OS deployment functionality. One of the biggest issues I have experienced with drivers is the delivery mechanism from the manufacturer. Continue reading

Build and Capture a Windows XP SP3 Image

Windows XP was the first operating system that I used OSD to deploy. I first deployed XP using the OSD feature pack for SMS 2003 and then migrated over to SCCM when I deployed SCCM throughout the organisaton I was working at. This guide will cover the installation and then capture of a Windows XP installation using SCCM to handle the whole process. You can if you prefer install the Operating System yourself and then create a bootable cd via the SCCM console to capture the image. At the end of this guide you will have created a base image that can then be used for deployments to your other workstations or laptops.

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Configuring SCCM 2007 to deploy Operating Systems

I have kept this guide separate from the other three I have written for installing and configuring SCCM as not everybody looks to use SCCM for deploying Operating Systems. The steps below are only required if you are going to be using PXE boot for building Operating Systems. In environments where you don’t use DHCP you do not need to complete these steps. Continue reading

Deploying Windows Updates using SCCM 2007

When deciding to use SCCM to deploy software updates some time should be taken to plan your release process and the strategy you want to take with regards to deploying updates. Microsoft has created a good document which can be downloaded from here. This will give you a good idea of the different deployment scenarios including the benefits and drawbacks for each. Continue reading

Installing your SCCM Site – Part One

The first part of this guide will focus on the initial installation of SCCM 2007 SP2 on Windows Server 2008 SP2 using an SQL Server 2005 SP2 database. Subsequent parts will cover:

  • Configuring of SCCM roles
  • Schema extension
  • Client Agent configuration, discovery methods etc
  • Deploying additional sites

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Designing your SCCM Site

When you first start thinking of deploying an SCCM environment you need to take a moment to think about your site structure and what your end requirements are. There are a number of factors that will ultimately influence your final decision when it comes to your site design, including your Network topology, Office locations and Number of clients to name a few. Continue reading

Manually downloading SCCM Prerequisites

If like me your SCCM server does not have a connection to the internet or you are building the server in an isolated environment, the downloading of the SCCM Prerequisites components during the install phase can be problematic. Thankfully these files can be downloaded on another workstation/server that does have connectivity to the internet using the following command from a cmd prompt: Continue reading