Installing a Custom GINA

Recently, we’ve had some questions about how to install a 3rd party GINA as an Install Software step during an OSD Task Sequence.  The best solution is to install the GINA in the reference image outside of OSD.  However, if this is not possible and the GINA must be installed during the Task Sequence, then…


Importing Drivers

SCCM defines a driver as an INF file plus its associated content.  When a driver is first imported we do a check to see if the exact same driver (e.g. same INF file and content) has already been imported at the site and prevent it from being imported.  However, if there are any differences then…

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BitLocker Support

Two builtin steps for managing BitLocker Drive Encryption during a task sequence are provided: Disable BitLocker and Enable BitLocker.  This content is preliminary and may be subject to correction. Disable BitLocker As the name implies, the “Disable BitLocker” step disables BitLocker Drive Encryption.  This step does not decrypt the volume; it disables the BitLocker key…

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When Auto Apply Drivers Fails to Resolve Content

We often get questions about the Auto Apply Driver action not being able to resolve content – which results in the following lines in the smsts.log file: Found 0 DPs in subnet, 0 DPs in local site, and 0 DPs in remote location. Failed to resolve content for driver “<Driver Name>”. Code 0x80040102. If you…

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Tips for Debugging Task Sequences

The definition of the task sequence (e.g. the specific steps to run) is distributed to the client using System Center Configuration Manager’s policy mechanism.  By default, clients are configured to download policy every 24 hours (this means that after you change the definition of a task sequence it could be up to 24 hours before…

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Inside the Run Command Line action

Once you have the basic Operating System Deployment process working with ConfigMgr 2007, you will likely want to begin customizing your task sequences.  The Run Command Line action provides a very flexible method to add custom steps.  There are a few things you should be aware of when developing Run Command Line steps. Shell Commands…

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Implicit answer file settings, Part 1: Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003

When the Apply OS step is run, it adds or overwrites a number of entries in the setup answer file.  The specific settings depends on whether the deployment is image-based (Apply operating system from a captured image) or setup-based (Apply operating system from an original installation source).  In this post I’ll indicate which values are…

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Tips for resolving package references

In ConfigMgr 2007, we now have several different types of packages, which can make it difficult to find a specific package which is referenced by a task sequence.  Here are a couple of tips to help resolve package references: If you select your task sequence in the Admin UI and select the “References” tab on the…

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