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

  UPDATE!The solution in the below blog post is now a native feature in ConfigMgr starting in ConfigMgr Current Branch 1610. Please see the below link for further information: Manage duplicate hardware identifiershttps://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/clients/manage/manage-clients#manage-duplicate-hardware-identifiers Consider the following scenario. You are using a single USB to Ethernet Adapter to image multiple devices via a ConfigMgr OSD Task…


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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No Assigned Task Sequence when initiating deployments caused by duplicate SMBIOS GUIDs (System UUIDs) in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

This article is regarding an issue we originally blogged about over at The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog regarding issues with PXE booting caused by duplicate SMBIOS GUIDs.. At the time that we wrote the article we really didn’t have a good solution or workaround on the ConfigMgr/WDS side to fix the issue. Since the…

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Troubleshooting the PXE Service Point and WDS in Configuration Manager 2007

One of the issues we troubleshoot the most in CSS are ConfigMgr PXE Service Point installs. This article is based on 4 years of experience troubleshooting hundreds of PXE Service Point installs. The end result is what we have found causes the majority of issues on PXE Service Points and what works on most (if…

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How To Change Logging Options For SMSTS.log in System Center Configuration Manager

  Want to set the logging quickly without reading a bunch of details? Then follow the below three sections: Automate modifying the SMSTS.log settings before the Task Sequence executes in the original OS Only needed if Task Sequence will be started in full OS via Software Center/Run Advertised Programs or a Required/Mandatory deployment Only section…

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Welcome to the Configuration Manager OSD Support Team Blog

Hello everyone! First let me introduce myself. My name is Frank Rojas and I am a Support Escalation Engineer at Microsoft Commerical Service and Support (CSS). I primarily support SMS 2003, ConfigMgr 2007, and the upcoming ConfigMgr 2012. My specialization is in Operating System Deployment (OSD) and I am the Global Subject Matter Expert for OSD in Microsoft…

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