Michael Griswold's SCCM Tips and Tricks

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  • Blog Post: Which Prestart command will I get?

    For those of you doing OS deployments with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (I bet the same info below applies to the 2007 version but haven't tested it) you may have gotten into prestart commands to run a custom script or perhaps an HTA to better control and customize the deployment process...
  • Blog Post: 404 for Driver packages, can’t find content.

    Driver management has never been a fun aspect of Configuration Manager.  It is one of those necessary evils to enable a bigger solution of great OS deployment.  Done according to product design it consists of 3 general steps: Import drivers into driver catalog Add drivers to driver packages...
  • Blog Post: Fast policy evaluation only for new machines

    Many of my customers are in similar situations where they do not include application deployment in their OS imaging process but instead rely on Configuration Manager to deploy apps after the OS is up and running. The biggest complaint I hear is about how slow ConfigMgr is to do this and thus people try...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr, OSD, and MAK keys

    Today’s post falls into the category of things I feel a little guilty about posting, but I will anyway. I’m not saying anything new here, just trying to spread the knowledge because I keep seeing customers hit the same problem, which has a simple solution. If you want to skip reading my blog you can...
  • Blog Post: Block accidental task sequence execution

    There are several tips on how to stop accidental deployment of task sequences (one of my favorite links is to a blog post by Frank Rojas ).  One of my customers had come up with a fairly good idea on this topic I wanted to share also. Like programs, a task sequence can be set to only run on certain...
  • Blog Post: Fixing an OSD “oops”

    There is a story that goes around PFE circles and that I have told myself so many times I’m starting to wonder if it is true or legend. The story is about a SCCM admin who is testing a failing Win7 deployment against his test machines with OSD and is so tired and frustrated that he kicks off another...
  • Blog Post: KB2775511 deployment for the SCCM Admin

    This week Microsoft rolled out a BIG hotfix (90 hotfixes) rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 . To better understand all the goodness it gives you check out the AskPFEPlat blog or go to the source of one of the guys who helped put it together, my fellow PFE Jeff Stokes . It is being...
  • Blog Post: Which WinPE will you get from a PXE boot?

    What I like about Configuration Manager is that there is always new things to learn.  I had one of those learning points recently.  I was with a customer and after explaining that during a PXE boot WDS would detect the architecture of the client machine and send the x86 or x64 WinPE that matched...
  • Blog Post: System discovery of an untrusted forest fails with 0x8007052E

    I got a question from one of my customers the other day that was an easy, but not obvious, answer.  They had SCCM 2012 setup in Forest A but wanted to discover machines in forest B.  They supplied alternative credentials with the correct username and password for this other domain\forest but...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting OSD with-out being there

    I can’t take any claim for this idea but it is one that I think is handy enough, and not very well known, that I am trying to spread the word. One of my co-workers has a great way to capture OSD logs when a failure occurs so they can be easily read and not lost simply because you weren’t in front of...