Unknown Computers in SCCM 2007 R2- how it works

My previous blog entry discussed how to configure unknown computer support in SCCM 2007 R2 – but how exactly does it work?  I was curious so dug in a bit.  Let’s start by reviewing the logs from an ‘unknown’ system that has booted from a CD configured for ‘unknown’ computer support and walk through the…

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Unknown Computers in SCCM 2007 R2 – overview

One of the new features in SCCM 2007 R2 is support for OSD deployments to ‘Unknown’ Computers – computers that do not exist in the SCCM database.  This is a feature that did exist in previous releases of OSD (SMS 2003) but was removed for security and safety reasons.  There are specific environments where having…

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SCCM 2007 OSD – boot images – drivers – lab shell

In the SMS 2003 OSD feature pack one of the common challenges was having the correct drivers on hand ahead of time to ensure smooth operation during the imaging process.  Further, seeing into the OSD process during the Windows PE phase required replacing the OSDSHELL ahead of time with the lab version.  SCCM 2007 makes…

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SCCM 2007 OSD and driver catalogs

A challenge for customers in OSD feature pack was having the correct drivers available for the hardware being imaged – both during the Windows PE phase and after the image was deployed and the new operating system booted.  Further, customers were limited to only being able import NIC and Mass Storage device drivers.  WIth SCCM…

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SCCM 2007 OSD and task sequences

Another big change for OSD in SCCM 2007 is the introduction of the ‘task sequencing’ engine.  As the name suggests, task sequences allow administrators to define a series of steps that are followed in order for installing an image – such steps include capturing machine and user state, defining additional programs to run after the OS has…

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OSD in SCCM 2007

There have been quite a few updates to OSD in SCCM 2007.  I’ll use the next several entries to go over some of the key changes.  For this entry lets discuss one key change that applies to provisioning a bare metal machine.   Current releases of the OSD feature pack allow an operating system to be installed on a…

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