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Easily Reuse Network Adapters in SCCM for PXE-based OS Deployment

PXE-booting has been around for a long time and is still used today for OS deployment in Configuration Manager and many other tools. A few years ago (ok, maybe a decade) when laptops/tablets started shipping without Ethernet ports, it threw a wrench in the PXE-booting process used for OS deployment. Not only was the port …

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Archive: Best Practices to Capture an Image for Deployment

Capturing a solid image is the first step to managing your systems properly, and I have never covered it specifically on this site until now (even though I do it frequently). This post should help guide you in using best practices for the best possible image. Typically, I do all of my image captures through MDT, …

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Archive: Disable The First Run Animation in Windows 8 Deployments

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t want to watch the “while you’re waiting” screen every time a new system is deployed with MDT or SCCM. Good news: it’s easily disabled. You can create a Group Policy object to completely skip this welcome screen for systems on your domain. You can find that setting here: Computer …

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Archive: Microsoft releases KB2910552 hotfix to fix OS migration from XP in SCCM 2012 R2

Microsoft has released a hotfix for KB2910552, an issue where Windows ADK 8.1 boot images no longer worked when migrating from Windows XP. Since Configuration Manager 2012 R2 requires Windows ADK 8.1, task sequences that were designed to migrate from XP to Windows 7/8/8.1 were broken in the R2 release. Prior to the hotfix, you’d see …

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Archive: Integrate UDI with your SCCM task sequence for optional software deployments (and other cool features)

Traditionally, MDT has always been the “lite touch” (LTI) deployment solution providing interaction during task sequences to input a computer name, choose your OU, choose packages to install, etc. Alternatively, SCCM has been the “zero touch” (ZTI)  solution, where these configurations are scripted, assigned from task sequence variables, or grabbed from a database, requiring no …

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