OSD Video Tutorial: Part 10 – USMT and OSD

This session is part ten of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven details the integration of User State Migration with Configuration Manager. The discussion includes the components of Configuration Manager 2012 focused on User State Migration and four task sequences configured to show four different imaging scenarios…


OSD Video Tutorial: Part 9 – Standalone USMT

This session is part nine of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. This session discusses the User State Migration Tool that is used to migrate User State Data during imaging. The specific focus is on the tool itself, what it does, how it is used and scenarios for us. The goal of this…

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KB: Failures with the Capture User State task or Task Sequence when using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one describes an issue where when performing hard-link migrations in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, the User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) state store becomes much bigger than anticipated and potentially causes disk space problems. ===== Symptoms When performing hard-link migrations in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager,…


USMT restore fails when using prestaged media in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

Here’s another good KB article we published today on ConfigMgr 2007. This one describes an issue you may run into with USMT restores and how to fix it: ===== Symptoms When using the prestaged media feature in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 to build new machines, the USMT (User State Migration Tool) restore step…


Fix: Unable to delete the OSDStateStorePath folder in an OSD Task Sequence using USMT 4.0 with Hard Links in ConfigMgr 2007

When using Hard Links for User State Migration, attempting to remove the OSDStateStorePath folder after restoring the users data in a Task Sequence may fail or appear to hang. Note: This is in reference to the steps listed in this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee344267.aspx The command .\%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%\usmtutils.exe /rd %OSDStateStorePath% may appear to hang unless you configure a…

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New KB: A System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Task Sequence may fail if the computer has multiple drives or partitions and USMT 4 with hardlinking is being used

Just a heads up on a new ConfigMgr 2007 Knowledge Base article we published this morning.  If you’re using a ConfigMgr Task Sequence on a PC with multiple drives or partitions and it uses USMT 4 with hardlinking then you’ll want to check this one out: ===== Symptoms Consider the following scenario: A computer has…

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New Hotfix: User data from the USMT may be deleted unexpectedly by the task sequence engine during the operating system deployment process in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1

Consider the following scenario: You create a task sequence to install an existing Operating System Deployment (OSD) image package. On the State Migration page, you select the Save user settings locally option. You deploy this package to some clients. The deployment process fails. In this scenario, you may find that the captured user data is…


Solution: When using USMT 4 in an SCCM 2007 SP2 OSD Task Sequence, files are captured successfully but not settings

When running a SCCM 2007 SP2 Task Sequence with a “Capture User State” task that utilizes USMT 4, files are properly captured and restored but settings may not be. The SMSTS.log will not show any errors, however the scanstate.log will show the following error: <Date> <Time>, Info                  [0x000000] Downlevel Manifests folder is not present. System…

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Cool Windows 7 Deployment Links

One of our Windows team bloggers published a list of useful Windows 7 links that cover deployment (MDT 2010 and SCCM), USMT 4.0, activation, application compatibility and boot to VHD.  These links can change from time to time but are a good start for getting your environment ready for Windows 7 or other deployments.  Check…