Configuration Manager 2012: Hierarchy Wide Bootable Media

  Hierarchy wide Bootable or Prestaged media. One of the most requested features/capabilities around operating system deployment in Configuration Manager 2007 is the ability to have bootable media that is not tied to a specific site.  A large portion was restrictions within the Configuration Manger 2007.  In Configuration Manager 2012 we have spent time modernizing…

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Configuration Manager 2012: Bootable Media Improvements: Part 2

  Continuing the blog on updates to Operating System deployment in Configuration Manager 2012.  Below we are going to look at a couple simple UI changes to bootable media to make the overall end to end automation experience simpler. Unattended Mode: In Configuration Manager 2007 there was a unsupported way of turning on “unattended” mode…

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Configuration Manager 2012: Select Preferred Deployment from a Prestart Command

  Over the next few weeks I will be covering some changes introduced into System Center 2012 Configuration Manager 2012. Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 1 introduces a new feature to select a preferred deployment from a prestart command.  This allows an administrator with a custom front end (i.e. HTA) or script the ability to deploy…

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BranchCache and Operating System Deployment

  Recently I have gotten some feedback on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 not properly leveraging BranchCache.  Let’s cover some of the implementation details to ensure this is working correctly. The most likely issue is caused due to the fact that the GPO is not being applied during the OS provisioning process. …

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Prestaged Media in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is now in beta.  Click here for more information on the open beta.  Here is more information on the new Configuration Manager 2007 R3 feature, Prestaged Media: Prestaged media is an alternative way to deploy an operating system to computers. Prestaged media is a Windows Image (.wim) file that can be…

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The blog is back!!

After a long hiatus, the Inside OSD blog is active again.   Last week at the Microsoft Management Summit 2010, Configuration Manager 2007 R3 beta availability was announced. Along with several exciting sessions and labs on Configuration Manager v.Next.  I will be posting a follow up shortly describing an exciting new feature in R3, called…

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