OSD Video Tutorial: Part 8 – Understanding PXE

This session is part eight of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session dives into the details of how Windows Deployment Services is used in conjunction with the Distribution Point/PXE role in ConfigMgr. The session also discusses the PXE boot process and the implications of various deployment settings when…


Reusing the same NIC for multiple PXE initiated deployments in System Center Configuration Manager OSD

UPDATE! The solution in the below blog post is now a native feature in ConfigMgr starting in ConfigMgr Current Branch 1610. Please see the below link for further information: Manage duplicate hardware identifiers https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/clients/manage/manage-clients#manage-duplicate-hardware-identifiers Consider the following scenario. You are using a single USB to Ethernet Adapter to image multiple devices via a ConfigMgr OSD Task Sequence. The…


KB: WDS does not start on a PXE enabled remote Distribution Point in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where WDS doesn’t start on a PXE enabled remote Distribution Point in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager if Microsoft.VC90.CRT is not installed. ===== Symptoms After enabling the PXE feature of a remote System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Distribution Point (DP), Windows…

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KB: A PXE enabled Distribution Point that uses a self-signed certificate will generate many files in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one describes an issue where a PXE enabled Distribution Point will generate a large number of files under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-18 for each PXE request that it services on the network. ===== Symptoms A PXE enabled Distribution Point will generate a number of files under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-18 for each…

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KB: Changing a property of a deployment appears to not be saved in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published this morning. This one describes an issue where it may seem that a change is not saved in ConfigMgr 2012. ===== Symptoms When modifying the Deployment options of a Distribution Point in the Selected Deployment Properties dialog box in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, the property…

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No Assigned Task Sequence when initiating deployments caused by duplicate SMBIOS GUIDs (System UUIDs) in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

This article is regarding an issue we originally blogged about over at The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog regarding issues with PXE booting caused by duplicate SMBIOS GUIDs.. At the time that we wrote the article we really didn’t have a good solution or workaround on the ConfigMgr/WDS side to fix the issue. Since the…


A closer look at Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution Points, PXE Services and Boot Image management

Microsoft’s very own John Vintzel recently posted a couple of fantastic articles discussing Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution Points, PXE Services and Boot Image management so if you missed these you’ll definitely want to stop by and give them a read. The first is titled Configuration Manager 2012 Distribution Points and PXE Services: In Configuration Manager…


New KB article: A Configuration Manager 2007 PXE Service Point causes the Windows Deployment Services Server service to crash and hang

When attempting PXE boots via a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 PXE Service Point, PXE boots will initially work and succeed but then all of a sudden stop working. Examining the server where the PXE Service Point and Windows Deployment Services (WDS) are installed reveals that the Windows Deployment Services Server service has crashed and…


Troubleshooting the PXE Service Point and WDS in Configuration Manager 2007

Note: There is an updated version of this guide over at the Configuration Manager OSD Support Team Blog. For the latest version, please visit the below article: Troubleshooting the PXE Service Point and WDS in Configuration Manager 2007 ===== This is a general guide on properly setting up and troubleshooting the System Center Configuration Manager…

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PXE Cache Expire Behavior in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and SP2

Looks like the ConfigMgr documentation team has been at it again, this time creating an awesome explainer for PXE cache expiration behavior in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and SP2.  If you’ve ever encountered a situation where running a second OSD Task Sequences within an hour or so results in the second deployment being ignored and…