Dumping Task Sequence Variables

Several people asked me after the troubleshooting session I presented at MMS 2010 how to write a script to dump out all the task sequence variables.  Here are a few samples showing how to do just that.  (These examples work for ConfigMgr and MDT Lite Touch task sequences.) First, the absolute “bare bones” approach: Set…

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MMS 2010: Seek out the Windows deployment experts

MMS 2010 is bound to be a busy week for everyone attending.  But while you’re there, be sure to attend the Birds of a Feather sessions in the evenings.  There will be two sessions this year on Windows deployment, both on Tuesday evening.  The first one I’ll be moderating: OE01 Ask the Experts: Microsoft Deployment…


Make sure a ConfigMgr task sequence has all the packages it needs

If you’ve done ConfigMgr OS deployments, you’ve probably seen an error dialog like this before: Pretty simple, right?  Distribute this package to a local DP and then try again.  But there are often dozens (or in extreme cases, hundreds) of packages referenced by the package, so you might have to go through this cycle a…

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Hiding (and showing) the task sequence progress dialog box

fThe task sequencer used in MDT 2010 and ConfigMgr 2007 is designed to show you at all times what’s going on with your task sequence: As a result, it forces this dialog to be on the top of all other windows, which can be annoying in some situations because you want to get this out…

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Speaking at MMS 2010

I guess I’ll be fairly busy at MMS 2010, from April 19-23rd in Las Vegas.  These are the sessions I’ll be presenting: BC07 Troubleshooting Windows 7 Deployments Thursday 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM, Titian 2203-2304  When everything works, Windows 7 deployment is great. But what about when things break? In this session, we’ll look at…


New Solution Accelerator Beta Available

The beta version of the Configuration Manager Dashboard is now available on the Connect website.  You can gain access with this link: https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=4505&InvitationID= SCD-BGMB-FK9M&SiteID=14 So what is the Configuration Manager Dashboard?  Here’s the quick overview: And a picture showing an example of what it can do (you can customize it to add your own charts…

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