Windows and Office Activation Proxy Whitelist Websites

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We recently came across an issue where our Configuration Manager Operating System Deployments (OSD) were failing at the activating Windows step. Having spent far too much time looking into why it was doing this, we eventually found out that it was our proxy servers that were blocking access it the Microsoft activation servers.

Windows Live Meeting MSI Installer Download

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If you have users that are still using Windows Live Meeting, you may want the MSI installer to be able to distribute it through Group Policy, WDS or Configuration Manager. So, we have extracted the MSI from the main installer and made it available on our Filestore microsite. DOWNLOAD Visit our Filestore microsite by clicking … Read more

SCCM OSD – “A required device isn’t connected or cannot be accessed”

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We today ran into an issue where our SCCM OSD PXE boot was not working. It was coming up with a very confusing message stating: “A required device isn’t connected or cannot be accessed” This led us to start looking at the hard drive and the drivers, however, the solution was completely different. The problem … Read more

Configuration Manager 2012 – How to Capture Task Sequence Error Logs to a Network Share

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We have recently been doing some big OSD projects and with testing for such big projects comes the point where some of your testing will fail, so to find out why a test sequence fails, the first thing you should look at is your log files. However, ConfigMgr makes this an annoying process as the … Read more

SCCM 2012 Client Stuck in Provisioning Mode

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We recently have had issues with our Windows 7 operating system deployments seemingly not completing fully. We were getting the following issues: The ConfigMgr client was not fully installed – it was displaying the Site Mode as “Unknown” The ConfigMgr client was not picking up a certificate – it was displaying as “None” The _SMSTaskSequence … Read more

ConfigMgr OSD Boot Image Problems with Dell Machines


With the recent release of Dell’s new laptop ranges, Configuration Manager OSD professionals face new challenges. We recently had issues with some of Dell’s new laptops not picking up the network after PXE boot even though we had gone through the normal process of adding the network card drivers to the boot image and ensuring … Read more

Windows XP Setup Please Wait – Configuration Manager OSD on Dell Laptops

We have recently been tasked with fixing a problem with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and deploying a fat Windows XP wim image to a Dell Latitude E5510 with the newer generation of Intel processors, in this case the processor was an Intel i3 Processor. The problem was this, the customer had a fat Windows XP … Read more

Updating a WIM Image File using Offline Updates


If you have custom build images that you are using in your SCCM OSD environment, you may find that keeping them up to date is a real problem. However, there is a way of running Windows Updates against your custom WIM files offline and then simply redistributing your WIM file. Below is a guide on how to carry this … Read more

Windows Updates during SCCM OSD from Replica WSUS Servers

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I have been asked to provide a solution to a situation where during SCCM OSD, they want to run Windows Updates across multiple sites worldwide using the local WSUS replica servers. So as an example, the main Headquarters office is in New York with the main WSUS server and then in Rome there is another … Read more

Get WMI Query v1.4 Released

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UPDATE: Get WMI Query v1.5 is now available – click the Downloads button to obtain ================================================================ We are pleased to announce the release of Get WMI Query v1.4 This is an update to the previous release and now includes a drop down list consisting of Model and Manufacturer. We are working on further releases of this program … Read more