Windows versions prior Windows 10 build 1511 fail to start after "Setup Windows and Configuration Manager" step when Pre-Provision BitLocker is used with Windows PE 10.0.586.0 (1511)

Consider following scenario: You have installed the Windows ADK 1511 and applied KB3143760 to your boot images. You want to install a Windows version prior Windows 10 build 1511 using your new 1511 Boot Images. Within your Task Sequence you leverage the built in "Pre-Provision BitLocker" Task Sequence Step to enable "Used space only encryption" which speeds up BitLocker drive encryption….


Reusing the same NIC for multiple PXE initiated deployments in System Center Configuration Manger OSD

Consider the following scenario. You are using a single USB to Ethernet Adapter to image multiple devices via a ConfigMgr OSD Task Sequence. The USB to Ethernet Adapter is used because the devices lack a built in Ethernet port and ConfigMgr OSD does not support imaging the devices using the built in wireless NIC. As an example we…


How to Ensure that Windows Installs on C: During a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager OSD Task Sequence

Symptoms When using an OSD Task Sequence with System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 or newer to deploy a Windows OS, Windows may end up installing on a drive letter other than C:. Cause When using the ConfigMgr 2007 Operating System Install Package or the ConfigMgr 2012 Operating System Installer, Windows is installed by the Task Sequence while in WinPE by running…

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How to apply Task Sequence Prestaged Media on multi-partitioned disks for BIOS or UEFI PCs in System Center Configuration Manager

The TechNet documentation for System Configuration Manager contains instructions for creating Prestaged Media at the below links: System Center Configuration Manager 2007How to Create Task Sequence Prestaged Mediahttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg294170.aspx System Center 2012 Configuration ManagerHow to Deploy Operating Systems by Using Media in Configuration ManagerHow to Create Prestaged Mediahttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/79465d90-4831-4872-96c2-2062d80f5583#BKMK_CreatePrestagedMedia However there are no instructions on TechNet regarding…

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PXE Boot Fails In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager If The MP Is In HTTPS Mode But The DP Is In HTTP Mode

Symptoms In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RTM, if the Management Point is in HTTPS mode but the Distribution Point hosting the PXE server is in HTTP mode, the PXE boot may fail. Examining the SMSPXE.log may reveal the following errors: ProcessMessage: Context:0015B270  dTime:0 SMSPXE!sTempString.empty(), HRESULT=80070057 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\framework\core\ccmcore\string.cpp,1023) SMSPXEMAC=<MAC_Address> SMBIOS GUID=<SMBIOS_GUID> > DHCP Discover received. SMSPXESet enterpirse certificate in…

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A System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Task Sequence Does Not Replicate To A Child Site

Symptoms When creating a new Task Sequence or updating an existing Task Sequence on a parent primary site in System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the Task Sequence may not replicate down to child primary sites. Packages and other Task Sequences replicate to the child primary site without issue. Examining the logs associated with site replication…

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WDS does not start on a PXE enabled remote DP in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

We recently worked on an issue for a customer where WDS was not starting on a newly installed ConfigMgr 2012 remote DP that had PXE enabled. After some troubleshooting we discovered that when WDS was trying to load and initialize smspxe.dll, it could not find a required component called Microsoft.VC90.CRT. After some investigation we determined…

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KB2509007 does not install correctly when installed at the same time as KB977203 or KB977384

We recently discovered an issue that KB2509007 would not install properly if installed at the same time as either KB977203 or KB977384 via the PATCH= option in the Setup Windows and ConfigMgr task. We were able to reproduce the issue internally and after some research and investigation, we discovered a fairly easy workaround to the issue. We found that if we…

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When deploying Windows Server 2008 using a Configuration Manager OSD Task Sequence, additional disks may show as offline when the Task Sequence completes

The below article was first published over The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog site. However we recently discovered that the method described in the article would only work when deploying from an Operating System Install Package (deploying from Windows installation source files). For that reason I recently updated the article to describe what to do when…

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How To Remediate An Incorrectly Deployed OSD Task Sequence In System Center Configuration Manager 2007

The below article outlines the steps that should be taken if a Task Sequence is deployed to an incorrect set of computers. Since mistargeting a Task Sequence could result in total data loss on the computers that were mistargeted, time is of essense to remedy the problem. It is also important to know not only what steps…

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