Using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to generate VHD image for use with Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

Overview:

One of the new features of SCCM 2012 R2 is that it supports building Virtual Hard Disks from SCCM which can then be used for many different purposes such as testing a new image or using as a virtual machine template.

Requirements:

  • System with Hyper-V role installed (used to generate the virtual machines)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Console (required to upload the vhd)

Process to build a VHD from SCCM

  1. Build the SCCM Task Sequence
  2. Run the Task Sequence to build the VHD
  3. Upload the VHD to Virtual Machine Manager
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Using a SCCM task Sequence to create a full image backup of a computer.

Overview:

For many different reasons, administrators may want to have an image backup of a machine. SCCM along with the integrated MDT tools, give administrators a simple solution for creating wim based backups of machine, which can be fully restored if the machine has problems. In addition for complex tasks, this can be incorporated as part of the sequence for a complete backup of a computer before imaging with a new operating system.
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