Win PE Peer caching in ConfigMgr Current Branch

There are so many reasons for migrating your environment to ConfigMgr CB (current branch), one of them being the new content management feature – Win PE Peer caching. To me it’s important to understand what the feature is bringing to the table, and what it is not. Win PE Peer caching is introduced to save bandwidth by sharing content already present on your local network. Those who are familiar with the ConfigMgr ecosystem, know that solutions to support that has been around for years. Solutions like OneSite from Adaptiva, Nomad from 1E and custom BrancheCache from 2Pintsoftware. This blog post [...]

Coretech HTA

The main idea with this HTA is to assist small and medium sized organizations with an easy way to implement a custom OSD solution without having any developer or HTML skills. The HTA solutions can be used when booting directly into WinPE and to prestage computers. Why; You might ask, Why, do Coretech create this tool instead of using the built-in tools in Configuration Manager or using the UDI wizard in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit?  The answer is straight forward. We often run into customers who do not have the knowledge it takes to build custom solutions or use the UDI [...]

Automate importing and creating driver packages in SCCM 2012 R2

  I take that you are familiar with drivers and manually creating driver categories and driver packages in Configuration Manager. Here I will show you how you can optimize the process by running a very need little PowerShell script called ImportDrivers.ps1 (main developer is Claus Codam). There are a few prerequisites that needs to be in place before the script will work. Driver source has to be 3 levels deep like this example (Make\Model\OS). The driver source is where you store the original driver packages from the vendor. You need to create a Driver packages folder (where ConfigMgr will import [...]

All Windows Keyboard layouts

I’m working for this customer who needs computers deployed I several different country's. Because they run XP (I know!) they need that LCID – “hex code” number for the keyboard layout instead of the more user friendly “culture name” used in Win7, like en-US or da-DK. Every time I need these LCID’s I find myself going trough the internet trying to find the correct match for the country I need to deploy to. So here is a link to a list with all the info you could ever need for this.. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb896001 As a small bonus, I found this need [...]

By | 2012-03-06T12:34:00+00:00 March 6th, 2012|General info, OS Deployment, Windows Client|1 Comment

Extending OSD progress UI Info in SCCM

While running a task sequence, info on what is happening is shown in the progress UI, well the name of the Task Sequence, and the step that is running anyway!! But what if we could extend that info to let us know other things as well! Turns out that is as easy as typing a little extra text in the Task Sequence editor. Example 1: Let say you are administrating a large environment, doing several OSD tests against a number of MPs, and DPs. Now wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually see where data is picked up, right [...]

Check If needed OSD packages are present on a DP

  I have a few customers who have many sits, end even more Distribution Points. They also have several different task sequences for deploying everything from XP to Server08R2. Every now and then, they will create new DP’s that needs to be updated with packages, and because of space and bandwidth issues, they do not necessarily want everything distributed to these DP’s. So how do we go about adding only the stuff we need to the new (or existing) DP?   1 – Download “ConfigMgr DP Util” by Cory Becht , and install it on your Computer. 2 – Run the [...]