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….


Adding Support for 802.1x to WinPE

Adding 802.1x functionality to WinPE has been a hot topic for a while now. And, given the amount of traffic and comments that my earlier post generated when I linked to the newly released updates for WinPE that add this long awaited support, it seems that a lot of people are interested in implementing 802.1x…

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ConfigMgr Admin Console GUID documentor

ConfigMgr allows for great extensibility to perform right click actions. You can find information on this here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc143056.aspx. Those of you that have done this before know that the first step is digging through the adminconsole.xml file to find the correct GUID in order to add your right click action. Below is a tool that…

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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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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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Logging All the Configuration Manager Task Sequence Variables

When debugging a MDT based Configuration Manager Task Sequence, it is often helpful to know what certain built-in Configuration Manager variables are set to during a step in the task sequence. For instance, you may want to see if _SMSTSLastActionRetCode was equal to a certain value or perhaps which management point the client is using…

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