Persisting ConfigMgr Packages during a Task Sequence

The MDT Task Sequences for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 use a clever technique to download and persist the MDT Files package during each phase of the Task Sequence.  The Use Toolkit Package step uses the ZTISCCM.wsf script to copy the contents of the package to a WDPackage subfolder of the _SMSTaskSequence folder.  The Task…

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User Experience for Configuration Manager Task Sequences – Part I

Ever wanted to add your own user communication and interaction to a Configuration Manager task sequence? Below is an HTML Application (HTA) that has a user interface for the task sequence with information about the deployment, a button to cancel or pause the deployment and even a button for a desktop support person to get…

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Porting Configuration Manager Task Sequences to a Different Environment

Many scenarios arise in which you may want to port your task sequence from one environment to another. Common scenarios include promotion through Lab and QA environments and migration between disconnected hierarchies.  Configuration Manager allows you to export task sequences into XML files as an out-of-the-box feature, however there are some things to remember when doing…

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Documenting Your Task Sequences Automagically

Often times, after creating an MDT or SCCM task sequence, you need to document it for yourself or your customers. Usually, this involves creating a table with the groups and steps, extracting their descriptions, identifying conditions and denoting the step actions and variables and then having format it all nicely and with indents denoting hierarchy. All of…

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How to Setup ConfigMgr 2007 on Windows Server 2008

Installing ConfigMgr 2007 onto a Windows Server 2008 based server can be a challenge. Having recently been through the process for my own lab environment I thought I’d share the process in the hope that it will save you some time when you need to create this configuration. Before you begin you will need to…

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Useful Script Number 6 – Pausing the Task Sequence

Have you ever wanted to pause the task sequence in MDT 2008 or ConfigMgr 2007 for a few seconds while something catches up…? I had a requirement to do this recently where I ran a task to close and cancel the Windows Sidebar at the start of the State Restore phase of the task sequencer…


SCCM 2007 and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Video Walkthrough

Are you struggling with setting up SCCM 2007 Operating System Deployment and integrating MDT? – I have created a video walkthrough that shows you how to: Setup the server environment for SCCM 2007 OS deployment Configure the SCCM 2007 Site Settings Configure the SCCM 2007 Computer Management Settings Configure the SCCM 2007 Operating System Deployment…

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Driver Management (Part 1) – Configuration Manager

I am often asked what the best way is to manage drivers with both BDD/MDT and ConfigMgr. With this in mind I thought I would create two blog posts dealing with this topic. The first post (this one) will cover ConfigMgr and the second BDD/MDT driver management. Please note this is not the only way…

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