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.
System with Hyper-V role installed (used to generate the virtual machines)
Virtual Machine Manager Console (required to upload the vhd)
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. Continue reading →
Advanced options for User State Migration in SCCM 2012 R2
On the surface it can appear that the options for capturing and restoring user states in SCCM is very limited. However all of the advanced options that can be manually run with scanstate.exe and loadstate.exe can be leveraged in SCCM task sequences. In this example we will set one of the advanced options to only capture users that have logged in in the past 30 Days (/uel:30). There are plenty of additional options including options to support cross domain migrations. Continue reading →
Integrating MDT 2013 Tools with SCCM 2012 R2 for advanced functionality
Microsoft Deployment Tools 2013 offer plenty of additional functionality when integrated with SCCM 2012. Once installed, an additional automation will be available, including running Orchestrator Runbooks, as well as server role setup and Integration. The goal of this post is to show the steps and the relatively simple process of integrating MDT into SCCM Continue reading →
Important!: Updated 1/3/2015 if you have updated your 2012 R2 site to Cumulative update 3 this hotfix will not apply for your system. All of the clients in the site must be updated though as part of the cumulative update in addition to the site servers. To verify that the update is in place make sure that the client version is 5.00.7958.1401 or higher.
Once either the hotfix or Cumulative Update 3 is applied to the system, proceed to create a legacy boot wim. If the legacy boot wim is not created the task sequence will fail. Instructions to add a legacy boot wim are below:
For anyone using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and is still supporting Windows XP computers you will want to be aware of an important Hotfix that needs to be applied to the sources systems. The hotfix is explained in the following Microsoft Article (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2910552). Failure to install this patch can result in Windows XP machines no longer being bootable and will have an error on the screen with NTLDR missing. The symptoms that we would see is that the task would fail on staging reboot, and once the user rebooted their machine they would be see the error on their screen. Continue reading →