Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings
I was going to do a blog posting talking about how to troubleshoot issues with the new monitoring feature available in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments, but then I realized I’ve not yet done an initial post talking about the feature (although I did mention it in a previous blog posting talking about DaRT integration). So I guess I need to start with more of an overview.
Over the years, there have been requests for a way to see what deployments are presently in progress. Way back when, we had a MOM management pack that tried to do this, but there were numerous challenges with that so we ended up removing it – we needed something much simpler. So with MDT 2012, we implemented something simpler to monitor Lite Touch deployments. To enable this, just check one box in the deployment share properties:
When you do this, two things happen:
That’s all there is to it. Once you do that, you should be able to track all subsequent deployments via the “Monitoring” node in Deployment Workbench:
If you look at the properties of any of the computers being monitored, you can see the details:
You’ll notice that the display automatically updates every 10 seconds, so you can watch the computer progress. Also, there are three possible buttons (two of which are shown below):
A few other details:
That’s the quick overview.
Nice and very useful feature for a lazy deployment, cause you don't have to run around anymore to check the client on d-day ;-)
For the german people....check out my blog @ http://www.mdt2012.de/
Wow, only if there was sone thing like this for those who don't use MDT. Were straight OSD only :-(
any troubleshooting hints for monitoring not working?
Amazing! Thank you!
How could this be integrated into SCCM 2012?
Jason, check this out: www.deploymentresearch.com/.../MMS-2012-Using-MDT-2012-Remote-Monitoring-with-SCCM-2007-and-SCCM-2012.aspx
My misstake, DNS problem. In the log it said that monitor server name could not be resolved. Just chanined it to the FQN.
I apologize if this is posted in an incorrect location or has already been answered. In my digging in the depths of the internet I can't seem to find an answer. My monitoring is working great. My question is when an image shows complete the time stamps are 5-7 hours off of our local time. The server is syncing with our time sync/ main servers. I am not sure where to look after that. Any suggestions? Its not a big deal just something I thought I would look in too.
All the times are recorded and displayed in GMT :-)
Well that makes sense then. Thank you. Much appreciated.
Great feature! Thank you.
Is there a way to change the logs from being written with GMT time stamp. It's not really intuitive....unless you're in GMT timezone.
When I click Remote Desktop button I am getting prompted for a credentials and when I enter mine it attempts to open but then says that there is another user logged in and will log them off. Is this expected, or am I expected to enter the computername\administrator each time?
Since the deployment process runs as the %Computername%\Administrator account, that is the account you would want to specify. If you specified another account, it would forcibly log the Administrator account off, which would be bad if the process wasn't done yet.
mdt 2012 can not be intelligent judgments dual hard drives
Scene: My pc has two hard drives, a data disk, and a system disk.
Failure: mdt can not distinguish between the data disk and system disk, the system will often installed to the data disk.
We look forward to a solution.
@AnsonChen, if all of your workstations are configured that way, I would develop a VBscript to run as part of your MDT Task Sequence. You camn run that before the installation in the Task Sequence to distinguish which drive should be the installation disk. Pass that out as the OSDisk variable and use that in the Install Operating System phase.
Additionally, if you know that all of the workstations are configured that way, you can specify that in the Install Operating System phase. If you're creative, you can engineer a solution using these options:
Select the Location where you want to apply this operating system:
Next Available Formatted partition
Specific disk and partition
Logical Drive Letter stored in a variable
Specific Logical Drive Letter