SCCM: Forcing a Task Sequence to Rerun

There are well known methods to force an advertisement to rerun – including several add-on tools available for the SMS or SCCM console.  To date, however, there are not equivalent methods to force a task sequence to rerun.  Part of this may be because task sequences are typically thought of as focused on Operating System…

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FQDN Task Sequence username limitation

A common step in imaging is to use the ‘Apply Network Settings’ task sequence item to configure joining a system to the domain.  As shown in the screenshot, configuring to join a domain requires the administrator to enter credentials to be used in the join process.    There are two options for supplying a username…

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Capturing logs during failed Task Sequence Execution

Every OSD administrator knows the feeling of configuring a complex (or even simple) OSD Deployment, testing and releasing – only to have the deployment fail.  At failure, OSD will begin a countdown to reboot and, on restart, the logs are often lost and we administrators are left wondering what went wrong.  To find out we…

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Task Sequences and advertisements

Have been working a fair amount lately with task sequences.  Task sequences are traditionally thought of as a part of OSD – which is certainly true – but task sequences can also be deployed as advertisements – similar to standard software distribution.  There are tons of possibilities that open up when using task sequences through…

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Collection variables in SCCM 2007

Came across the need to work with collection variables recently with SCCM 2007.  This is a feature that is neatly tucked away in the properties of a collection.  If you right click on a collection and select ‘modify collection settings’ we have the option window as shown below. A collection variable is set for the…

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