Understanding Content Management storage options in Config Manager 2012

First-time blogger Arnold Gagnon describes Content Management Storage Options in System Center Configuration Manager 2012. The content library is the main storage location for Configuration Manager. It stores all content files for software updates, applications, operating system deployment, and so on. The content library is located on the site server and on each distribution point,…


How To Expand Your Stand-Alone Primary Site With ConfigMgr 2012 SP1

Article written by Santos Martinez, a US-based Microsoft Premier Field Engineer and resident ConfigNinja. Do you want to expand your stand-alone System Center Configuration Manager 2012(a.k.a ConfigMgr) primary site into an hierarchy? So you get to the point where your company starts expanding or acquiring other companies to join your current IT Infrastructure. To achieve…


How to Manually Capture an OS Image using ConfigMgr

Written by Kip Ng, Principal Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr), you can install the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 and it has a task sequence template that you can use to automate the OS deployment, SysPrep it and then Capture the OS as an Image as well. These are…


Troubleshooting OSD Task Sequences in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Written by Kip Ng, Principal Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. One of the most annoying things when we have a problem with OSD (Operating System Deployment) Task Sequences in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) is that you don’t usually get any error indicating any problem. Most of the time, all you see is the…


How To Create a Certificate for a PXE Service Point in ConfigMgr 2007

Written by Kip Ng, Principal Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Most companies that I come across run System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 mixed mode especially when they do not have any Internet-based clients. Of course, there are some companies who choose to use Native mode because of security requirements.  One thing about using Native mode…


How To Migrate User State between PCs using SCCM 2007 Task Sequences

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. The other day, a customer asked me for some information on how to get started with capturing user state within System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 as they have an upcoming Windows 7 mass deployment.  As a result, I was hunting around online for an example or…


How to Create a PXE Boot Menu in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Many IT departments are faced with the reality of having to manage multiple images whether it be for desktops or servers.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add your hardware to a collection in System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and then pick the image to deploy…


Automation: Why Laziness is a Good Trait in IT System Administrators

Written by Mark Farrugia, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada. I was once told that the best system administrators are usually the laziest people. I didn’t take that statement seriously until I gave it some thought and started taking into consideration that it does in fact hold some truth. Provided you care…


Deploying Device Drivers in OSD Task Sequences Using SCCM

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer In a previous post, we looked at ways of importing our drivers into Microsoft System Center ConfigMgr so that we can use them for our various Operating System Deployments (OSD). We also touched on adding drivers to our boot images as this can easily be accomplished during…


How To Manage Device Drivers When Deploying OS Images Via Microsoft SCCM

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer  If you ever had to deploy an OS image to different varieties of end-user hardware then you’ll know the frustrations that can occur when dealing with the multitude of drivers that may come in to play. Using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) for OS deployments will…