OSD Video Tutorial: Part 3 – Task Sequencing

This is session three of a series that details the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session focuses on the task sequence.   A detailed discussion of a basic image deployment task sequence is provided along with a review of all default task sequence steps. The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui,…

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 2 – Obtain and Import the Image

This is session two of a series that details the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session focuses on the process of image capture and reviews the tools available in the ADK, MDT and ConfigMgr 2012 to accomplish image capture. The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field…

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part I – Introduction and Basics

This is the first session of a series that will detail the Operating System Deployment feature of ConfigMgr 2012. The session provides base knowledge that answers the questions – what is OSD?  Why OSD? The session also provides a quick look at the ConfigMgr 2012 console showing and describing the various elements relevant to OSD. The video…


OSD with Configuration Manager Video Tutorial Series Overview

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing another video tutorial series on our YouTube channel focused on Operating System Deployment (OSD) with Configuration Manager. These videos have been prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies. This series will be divided into 4 main sections, each consisting of…


KB: Configuration Manager clients reinstall every five hours because of a recurring retry task and may cause an inadvertent client upgrade

A Microsoft System Center 2012 or System Center 2012 R2 client installation (CCMSetup) initially fails and causes a client retry task to be registered in Windows Task Scheduler. After the client installation succeeds, the retry task is not deleted as expected. Therefore, the clients continue to reinstall every five hours. In this situation, if you upgrade the System Center…


e2e: Configuring a simple HTTP Reporting Services Point in Configuration Manager

Previously I posted a blog for configuring reporting service point for “HTTPS” in ConfigMgr, but I have seen sometime people getting confused due to Certificates and URLs configuration when they are trying to configure it for HTTP (Simple) Reporting Service Point. The goal of this blog is to provide a step-by-step guide for configuring a…


ConfigMgr 2012 SP1/R2 RTM: Support for Hybrid Mobile Device Management Ending Soon

Applies to: Microsoft Intune, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Support for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager RTM ended on July 12th, 2016. Subsequently, support for these releases connecting to the Microsoft Intune service via hybrid MDM (e.g. managing mobile devices…


Troubleshooting Configuration Manager and WSUS software update synchronization issues

If you’re having synchronization problems with either WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager, here’s a friendly reminder that we have a great troubleshooter that will walk you through diagnosing and fixing some of the more common issues that may be encountered when sync fails. If you ever have these kinds of issues, there’s a good…


KB: Software Metering Agent fails with "Software Metering failed to start PrepDriver" in mtrmgr.log

After you install the Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (3125574) and the System Center Configuration Manager client, the Software Metering Agent fails, and the following error message is recorded in the mtrmgr.log file: Software Metering failed to start PrepDriver This error can occur if you install rollup…


Important note on Deploying Down Level Windows Updates with Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007

As you’re probably already aware, in October we announced a new simplified servicing model, where on the 2ndTuesday of each month you will see a new Security Monthly Quality Rollup as well as a new Security Only Quality Update. Because the Security Monthly Quality Rollup contains the same security fixes as the Security Only Quality…