PowerShell failing in a task sequence

I recently worked on an issue with a customer that might affect more of you out there.  They were trying to run a simple PowerShell (POSH) script in a System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 (SCCM/ConfigMgr) OSD task sequence.  The PS1 script file would run fine outside of the task sequence, but in the task…

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Fallback DP = no DP

There is a point of confusion currently in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product, and that revolves around fallback DP and how they get used. The scenario is this.  You setup a content boundary group associated with 2 distribution points.  You put the content on all of them. You associate the boundary of a machine…

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Which Prestart command will I get?

For those of you doing OS deployments with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (I bet the same info below applies to the 2007 version but haven't tested it) you may have gotten into prestart commands to run a custom script or perhaps an HTA to better control and customize the deployment process for your environment. …

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System discovery of an untrusted forest fails with 0x8007052E

I got a question from one of my customers the other day that was an easy, but not obvious, answer.  They had SCCM 2012 setup in Forest A but wanted to discover machines in forest B.  They supplied alternative credentials with the correct username and password for this other domain\forest but kept getting back a…

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KB2775511 deployment for the SCCM Admin

This week Microsoft rolled out a BIG hotfix (90 hotfixes) rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  To better understand all the goodness it gives you check out the AskPFEPlat blog or go to the source of one of the guys who helped put it together, my fellow PFE Jeff Stokes. …

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404 for Driver packages, can’t find content.

Driver management has never been a fun aspect of Configuration Manager.  It is one of those necessary evils to enable a bigger solution of great OS deployment.  Done according to product design it consists of 3 general steps: Import drivers into driver catalog Add drivers to driver packages Add boot critical drivers to WinPE images…

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Fast policy evaluation only for new machines

10/13/14 – updated to add restart info Many of my customers are in similar situations where they do not include application deployment in their OS imaging process but instead rely on Configuration Manager to deploy apps after the OS is up and running.  The biggest complaint I hear is about how slow ConfigMgr is to…

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Block accidental task sequence execution

There are several tips on how to stop accidental deployment of task sequences (one of my favorite links is to a blog post by Frank Rojas).  One of my customers had come up with a fairly good idea on this topic I wanted to share also. Like programs, a task sequence can be set to…

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Which WinPE will you get from a PXE boot?

What I like about Configuration Manager is that there is always new things to learn.  I had one of those learning points recently.  I was with a customer and after explaining that during a PXE boot WDS would detect the architecture of the client machine and send the x86 or x64 WinPE that matched, we…

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ConfigMgr, OSD, and MAK keys

Today’s post falls into the category of things I feel a little guilty about posting, but I will anyway.  I’m not saying anything new here, just trying to spread the knowledge because I keep seeing customers hit the same problem, which has a simple solution.  If you want to skip reading my blog you can…

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