Add HTA-Support to a Boot Image with ConfigMgr 2012

With ConfigMgr 2012 lot’s of things got simplified. One of those things is adding extra components to the Boot Images. Before it was possible to add these extra components by either using the MDT integration, or manually running DISM. Now it’s possible to do this from the console! Of course, in the background it’s still DISM that does the action. In this post I will show an example of how to add HTA-Support to a Boot Image with ConfigMgr 2012. Of course the same steps apply to adding any of the optional components to a Boot Image. In the ConfigMgr Console browse to Software Library > Overview > Operating System > Boot Images, right-click a Boot Image and click Properties. In the Properties, select the …

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Deploy App-V version of Office 2013 with ConfigMgr 2012

One of the new features coming with the Service Pack 1 release of ConfigMgr 2012 is the support for App-V 5. So what is a better way to try this feature then deploying the just released Microsoft Office 2013 Preview AppV packages in combination with the just released App-V 5.0 Beta 2 Desktop Client. But then the big question is, how can we deploy this? Well, I thought it was pretty straight forward, but there where a few caveats that everyone should know and pay attention to. Challenge 1: App-V Package Name The first thing I ran into was that I couldn’t import the Microsoft Office 2013 Preview App-V package in ConfigMgr. It appeared that the default configured Package Name was to long for a …

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Deploying Windows Server 2012 including Roles and Features with ConfigMgr 2012

This week, for me, was all about deploying Windows Server 2012 (which is currently still in RC), with ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 (which is currently still in CTP) and MDT 2012 Update 1 (which is currently still in BETA). So it was one big test case, but it showed a lot of possibilities for the coming releases. For those who follow me on twitter this post will contain a lot more information about the short tweets that I already did the last week. For instance, the need for running your own Build-and-Capture Task Sequence got a lot smaller with Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8), because the default install.wim will install on the C-drive ánd ConfigMgr 2012 brings Offline Servicing. So when you’re used to deploy …

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How to silent install the ConfigMgr 2012 Admin Console

As we all know, a lot of things are made a lot easier with ConfigMgr 2012. One of these things is installing the ConfigMgr 2012 Admin Console. We don’t need to make ini-files anymore and we don’t need the complete installation source anymore. Instead ConfigMgr 2012 delivers a separate installer for installing the console only. In this post I will shortly explain, in two steps, how easy this can be done. Step 1. Locate the installation files The first thing we need to do, is to locate the installation files. When we are looking around, we will see that there are two different locations were the installation files can be found: <ConfigMgrSiteServerInstallPath>\tools\ConsoleSetup <ConfigMgrInstallMedia>\SMSSETUP\BIN\I386 Of these two locations the first one is the best option (and …

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How to use Task Sequence Variables in a running Task Sequence by script in ConfigMgr 2007

Using Task Sequence variables in a running Task Sequence by script is actually really straight forward. Also for most of you this might be common knowledge, but I noticed this week that it doesn’t count for everyone, yet. So in this post I will show the two (only two!) steps it takes to get or set variables with your script. The first step is to create an instance of Microsoft.SMS.TSEnvironment. As this is a COM automation object, you could use every language that can use those. I will use VBScript in this example. Creating the object can be done by the following line of code: set env = CreateObject(“Microsoft.SMS.TSEnvironment”) Now that we’ve got our object the second step is to get, or set Task Sequence …

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All ConfigMgr 2012 related releases combined

What a week it was! As we all expected the last week was one full of cool announcements and releases. In this post I will give an overview of all the ConfigMgr 2012 related releases of last week. System Center 2012 empowers you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business. System Center 2012 is available in English. Download System Center 2012: http://bit.ly/Jzfak9 System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Component Add-ons and Extensions Package Conversion Manager (PCM). The Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Package Conversion Manager allows for converting packages and programs into applications and deployment types in System Center Configuration Manager 2012. There is a …

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Some basic USMT 4.0 actions explained

The last few weeks a saw and got a lot of questions about capturing specific files and folders with USMT. These actions are actually quite basic and good documented on Technet, but still seem to raise a lot of questions. So I decided to devote a post to this. I will show some examples and will try to explain what it all means. Let’s start with a component that migrates all files in a specific folder. <component type=”Documents” context=”System”>  <displayName>Component to migrate all files in a specific folder including subfolders</displayName>     <role role=”Data”>        <rules>           <include>              <objectSet>                 <pattern type=”File”>C:\SpecificFolder\* [*]</pattern>              </objectSet>           </include>        </rules>    </role> </component> Well, that’s a nice component but what does it all mean? Let’s go …

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Overlapping Boundaries and ConfigMgr 2012

In ConfigMgr 2007 everybody’s first reaction about overlapping boundaries was “don’t do it!”, but is that the same in ConfigMgr 2012? Well, the answer on that differs per situation. In this post I will describe the three different situations/ scenario’s about overlapping boundaries and ConfigMgr 2012. Scenario 1 – Overlapping boundaries for automatic site assignment: NOT supported! The site to which the client will assign is still unpredictable when there are multiple boundary groups that includes the current network location of the client (and of course, the boundary groups are assigned to different sites). Scenario 2 – Overlapping boundaries for content locations: Supported! It will enable the client to get a list of all the content locations that are connected with a boundary group that …

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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC2 is available!

For those who didn’t read it on Twitter, Facebook or mail yet, ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 is available for download! Last night I received the following mail: Dear : Thank you for downloading one or more System Center 2012 pre-release components. System Center 2012 Release Candidate is now available as part of the Microsoft private cloud evaluation: » Download Microsoft private cloud evaluation software Enjoy! Your TechNet Team By starting the download I was pleasantly surprised to see that a part of this download is ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 (see picture).

Remember this?: Software Distribution is currently paused on this computer with ConfigMgr 2007

This is more of a remember this for my self then probably in general, as this is a problem that we don’t run into that much. Only for me it was the second time already, but I couldn’t directly remember anymore what the problem was. So this post will be more of a reminder for the eventually next time… Also this will be a short post as it will just describe the problem we ran into with my current customer and what the solution was. The problem we ran into was that after we deployed a new machine we could advertise software to it, but the installation would never start. Looking into the execmgr.log we could see the following message: “This program cannot run because …

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