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ConfigMgr 2007: Dell Latitude E6400 laptop may hang during Windows XP Mini-Setup
Here's an issue that Frank Rojas saw the other. This particular issue involved a Dell E6400 but I thought it was worth a post because the same troubleshooting technique could be used for similar issues with other hardware as well: ======== Issue: When deploying a Windows XP image to a Dell Latitude...
16 Dec 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Task Sequence may fail to run with error code 0x80072ee7
Here's another neat tip from Clifton Hughes in our Irving, Texas site. If you're PXE booting machines and they're throwing 0x80072ee7 errors along with getting APIPA addresses then you might try turning on portfast if you're using a Cisco Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enabled switch to see if that...
9 Dec 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OSD Task Sequence fails to join the PC to the domain during Windows setup
I'm sure you all noticed a remarkable lack of activity over the past week but I'll be cranking things up again very soon. I've been out since November 20th on a much needed vacation to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family but I'm back in the office now and working to get caught up. It was great...
1 Dec 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OS Deployment of Windows Vista/Server 2008 ends up on D: instead of C:
Here's an interesting OSD related issue I got from Vinay Pamnani, a Support Engineer in our Manageability group. If all your Vista or Win2K8 deployments mysteriously end up on the D drive then maybe this is your issue: ======== Issue: When deploying Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 via OSD...
20 Nov 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: PC does not join the domain if the Computers container is specified as the Domain OU
Here's another cool OSD tip from Frank Rojas . If your clients are joining the domain like you expect then maybe this is what you're running into: ======== Issue: A client does not join the domain if the Computers container is specified as the Domain OU in the "Apply Network Settings"...
19 Nov 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OSD Task Sequence Fails with Unspecified error 80004005 and SETUPACT.LOG indicates invalid product key
Here's another awesome troubleshooting tip sent to me by Clifton Hughes in our Las Colinas office. If you're deploying Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista and your Task Sequence bombs out with a 80004005 error you'll want to take a look at this: ======== Issue: A Task Sequence Fails with error...
12 Nov 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OSD Task Sequence Fails with the error "An error occurred while retrieving policy for this computer (0x80004005)"
Here's another ConfigMgr 2007 OSD tip from Frank Rojas out in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you have a Task Sequence that fails almost immediately after it boots into WinPE with an 0x80004005 error then you'll want to check this one out: ======== Issue: When attempting to deploy a Task Sequence...
24 Oct 2008
Log files used to troubleshoot Multicast based Operating System Deployment
Yesterday I posted a step-by-step on how to enable Multicast for your OS Deployments (OSD) so I thought I'd also take a sec to point out the log files used to troubleshoot the same. These log files, as well as the standard logs for troubleshooting OSD, can be found here: http://technet.microsoft...
23 Oct 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Setting up Multicast, step by step
Over on Steve Rachui's Manageability blog he has a great write-up on how to minimize your network utilization by enabling Multicast for your OSD image deployments. If you're deploying to a lot of machines at the same time then you'll definitely want to take a look at this: ======== Multicasting...
21 Oct 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: The %SMSDP% variable is not available in SCCM 2007 OSD Task Sequences when Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 is integrated
Here's another cool tip on OSD Task Sequences that Frank Rojas made me aware of. Is there anything he doesn't know about these things? If there is I don't know what it is. ======== Issue: When using SMS 2003 Operating System Deployment with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) or Business Desktop...
21 Oct 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Office 2007 Install Software task fails in an SCCM 2007 OSD Task Sequence
Here's a good tip from Frank Rojas, one of our Senior Support Engineers from Charlotte, North Carolina. This one concerns installing Office 2007 as an Install Software task in an OSD Task Sequence so if you either planning on doing this or are trying it now and having trouble, check this out: ...
14 Oct 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OSD Task Sequence Fails with "Task sequence cannot continue after reboot because TS Manager is not configured to auto-start or GINA is not installed"
Ever tried to do an OSD with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and have it fail "Task sequence cannot continue after reboot because TS Manager is not configured to auto-start or GINA is not installed?" If so then check out this tip from Frank Rojas on why this may happen and how you can fix it...
10 Oct 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OSD PXE booting fails with error "No Boot Action for Device (x) found"
Here's another cool tip from Frank Rojas. If you're trying to PXE boot and getting "No Boot Action for Device (x) found" errors then you'll want to check this out: ======== Issue: When attempting to PXE boot a PC using SCCM 2007 OSD, the PXE boot fails. Analyzing the SMSPXE.log while the PC tries...
3 Oct 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OSD deployments to 'Unknown' Computers
Have you ever wanted to use deploy operating systems to computers using a PXE service point without first adding the computer to the Configuration Manager database? Well now with Configuration Manager 2007 R2 you can and the famous Steve Rachui shows you how. Over on his blog he just posted...
23 Sep 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Unable to boot from USB Flash Drive Task Sequence Media
Here's another great tip from Frank Rojas, one of our top Support Engineers out in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you planning on doing a little work with bootable flash drive media you'll want to read this first: ======== Issue: After creating a bootable Task Sequence Media on a USB Flash Drive...
21 Aug 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: OSD fails with "Sysprep did not complete successfully" error when capturing a Windows Vista or newer image
Here's a great tip from Frank Rojas, a real life support engineer from Charlotte, North Carolina. If you currently work with Vista or newer images or are planning to in the future you'll definitely want to take a look at this one. ======== Issue: When trying to capture a Windows Vista or newer...
18 Aug 2008
Vista SP1 Installations Deployed Using Operating System Deployment Cannot Hibernate
This was posted by Nathan Barnett over in one of the ConfigMgr 2007 forums so I thought you might like a heads up here as well: ======== Issue When the Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment feature is used to deploy a Vista SP1 image, a new boot configuration data (BCD) store is created...
14 Jul 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Live Webcast This Friday
This Friday we'll be hosting part 1 of 2 on deploying Operating Systems with Configuration Manager 2007. Part 2 will be on the following Friday, March 21st. The overview for part 1 is below with links to both part 1 and part 2 at the bottom: ========= Language(s): English. Product(s): System...
12 Mar 2008
Microsoft Deployment: Automating desktop and server deployment
Yesterday I posted about a couple Solution Accelerators relating to some of the manageability technologies we offer but I accidentally left out one that is pretty cool. This one is the "Microsoft Deployment" Solution Accelerator and it effectively replaces BDD and WSD 1.0, offering desktop...
13 Feb 2008
Incorporating SATA controller drivers into unattended setups
Introduction Chances are that if you work for a company that has more than ten users, you’re familiar with Windows OS deployment technologies such as SysPrep and WinPE. Both save considerable time and effort, but if there’s one area that seems to trip people up time and again it’s the issue of adding...
8 Feb 2008
ConfigMgr 2007: Different methods for performing an operating systems deployment
Confused about which OS deployment technology to use? ADS, WDS, Lite-Touch, what does it all mean? To help eliminate some of the confusion and answer your questions we put together our System Center Configuration Manager 2007 OSD Comparison Matrix. Now on one page you can see what operating...
22 Jan 2008
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