Archive: SCCM collection query for missing software

Today, I found myself creating yet another collection to find systems in Configuration Manager 2012 that were missing a particular piece of software. I have done this in the past several times since it’s particularly useful to target for software deployments, but I always used the sub-collection method using a somewhat unnecessary parent collection. The …

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Archive: Some tips on exporting drivers for MDT/SCCM

It’s no secret that finding the right drivers for a Windows system can be a challenge. Importing those drivers into MDT/SCCM, deploying a system, and getting those drivers to apply correctly can be an even bigger challenge. Over several projects with some pretty diverse clients, there’s a few tools that I’ve run across that I …

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Archive: “The self signed certificate could not be created successfully”

So the other day, I was running some test deployments in my Server 2012/SCCM 2012 SP1 lab environment. I was ready to deploy a Windows 7 image to a test machine, when I hit this error while creating my task sequence media boot.iso: “The self signed certificate could not be created successfully”. My first reaction was …

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Archive: Easily add a prompt for a computer name to your SCCM deployment

For those familiar with Microsoft’s OS deployment vision, you know that MDT is intended for lite-touch use, and SCCM is intended for zero-touch use. In the real world, I have configured several deployments with the opposite goals- MDT deployments that are very automated that don’t require much user interaction, and SCCM deployments that take a …

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Archive: PXE deployment now possible on the Surface Pro

In case you’re one of the lucky ones waiting on enterprise support for the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, it’s finally been released. Microsoft released the Surface Pro driver pack for May 2013, which includes a firmware update. You can now use PXE for your OS deployments on the Surface Pro- the only catch being that …

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