Managing Unprovisioned Computers in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Managing Unprovisioned Computers in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager I was recently asked about troubleshooting operating system deployments. One item in particular was around failures with unknown computers. An administrator was deploying Windows 7 to a group of devices but did not have the content replicated out to the distribution points. I pointed out that…

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Custom Role Based Administration for Importing Computers

 Custom Role Based Administration for Importing Computers In System Center 2012 Configuration Manger we have several roles that we ship with the product.  By default we offer a general ‘Operating System Deployment Manager’.  This is a fairly broad role that has a lot of access. The ‘Operating System Deployment Manager’ role combined with the access…

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Configuration Manager 2012: Offline Servicing for Operating System Images

In previous posts we have discussed changes to PXE and the Distribution Point, as well as new ways to manage and monitor content in your Configuration Manager environment. Now let’s discuss a feature to simply administration and reduce the total deployment time of your operating system images. In Configuration Manager 2012 there is a new…

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Configuration Manager 2012: Content Prestaging and Remote Content Distribution

A follow up to the blog on Distribution Points, we have many new features surrounding content distribution and distribution points.  This post will walk through the end to end scenario of prestaging content on a distribution point.  Today in configuration Manager 2007 we have a few different tools that allow for prestaging of content to…

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Configuration Manager 2012: Content Monitoring and Validation

In the last blog we covered Distribution Point Groups and the new ways to distribute and manage content.  In this post we are going to cover monitoring the compliance of content and a new feature to validate content in the Configuration Manager 2012 infrastructure.  After reading this blog, you will be able to see some new enhancements…

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Configuration Manager 2012: Content Management

As we have stated, simplified administration is a key pillar in the Configuration Manager 2012 release. Continuing down the path of simplicity, lets talk about some changes to managing content in your infrastructure. In this post we are going to cover the Distribution Point Groups, the new content distribution experience and alternate ways to manage…

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Configuration Manager 2012: PXE Setup and Boot Image Management

In a previous post, I talked a little about the changes to the distribution point and integration of PXE services.  In this post I want to go into some more details and the setup and management of PXE service starting in Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2.  Initial Setup of PXE services:  As I mentioned in…

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Configuration Manager 2012: Distribution Points and PXE Services

  In Configuration Manager 2012, unify infrastructure and simplify administration are two of the three key pillars of the release (the third is user empowerment).  In keeping with those pillars, we have updated both the distribution point and PXE service point to make it easier to use and deploy.  To explain this, let’s start by…

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