Setting Environment Variables in a Task Sequence

Some tools require setting an environment variable when they are used.  For example, the User State Migration Tool has several that can be used for troubleshooting.  One is discussed in the Ask the Directory Services Team blog post here.  Unfortunately, the built-in MDT or ConfigMgr Task Sequence steps for capturing and restoring the user state…

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UK Tech Days Content Now Live

A couple of weeks ago, I took part in the UK Tech Days event in London. This event – run over one full week – provided a fantastic selection of sessions and included a whole day on desktop related content. During our desktop day we covered desktop virtualisation, an introduction to application compatibility and Office…


Back To Basics 5: Restricting Task Sequence Usage

Often the simplest tips are the best ones, so here is one I have been using pretty much ever since I started working with MDT. When working as part of a team in the same MDT environment, you can often run into issues when various people are modifying the task sequence, or debugging a process…

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Kick-Starting SCCM Advertisements

I managed to beat fellow Deployment Guy Michael Murgolo to the honour of the first post of 2011, so it is my responsibility to wish all our readers a happy new year!  I hope all your 2011 deployment projects go well, and we’ve all got some good posts lined up over the coming months which…

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Deployment Walkthrough Videos Now Fully Posted

Thanks you all for your patience waiting for the full set of deployment walkthrough videos to be posted on TechNet Edge. As per my previous post, over the past few months I have been updating the deployment walkthrough videos and I am pleased to announce that the whole video series has now been posted. In…

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Exporting All SCCM Variables To A Log File For Debugging

[UPDATE] Please use the script in the following location – http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2008/09/02/logging-all-the-configuration-manager-task-sequence-variables-part-ii.aspx. Often when debugging a Windows deployment you might need to know the value that has been assigned to a particular variable. With a LiteTouch installation this is easy, you can just read the variables.dat file, or write a simple VBS/WSF script that displays a…

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SCCM Client Install Getting Stuck

Here is a simple tip that I thought I’d share in the hope that you don’t need to lose a few hours of your life trying to work out what is wrong with your SCCM client sotware install! I was onsite with a client recently trying to upgrade some Windows XP computers to Windows 7….


Approving Windows Updates in an MDT 2010 Standalone Environment from a ConfigMgr Software Update Point

You’ve no doubt read some of the benefits around using the Software Update Point features of ConfigMgr. However, if you are already using MDT standalone as an Image Engineering environment – there is sometimes a duplication in having to manage software updates in both environments. The most common solution is to set up an external…

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Location Deployment Wizard for ConfigMgr 2007

When working on deployment projects, there is often a requirement for a workstation to be customised on a location by location basis. Common workstation customisations which are applied in this manner include: Localisation settings (locales, keyboard settings, time zones, Windows (Windows Vista/Windows 7) language injection Domain membership/organisational unit join information Location based applications to be…

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