Updates fail or time out when WSUS is used during an MDT or SCCM capture

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This guide assumes that you use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT build 8443) or Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) capturing Windows 10. You capture a task sequence, and the capture computer does not have Internet access. When the task sequence is running and the computer is checking for updates (pre-application installation), the installation freezes for … Read more

Windows 10 1709 Fall Creators Update – SCCM Build and Capture Task Sequence Failing

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We recently had put together a SCCM Build and Capture task sequence to update our images up to Windows 10 version 1709. We copied the install.wim from the sources folder of the Windows 10 v1709 ISO and added this as our operating system capture image. We took our existing task sequence (which has lots of … Read more

Using Windows Expand Tool to Extract CAB Files


If you are a regular user of downloaded CAB driver packs then you are probably using something like 7-Zip to extract them. Well there is an alternative way of extracting the CAB file using a basic Windows tool. Download your CAB file and make note of the file location. Then open a command prompt and … Read more

Inject Windows Updates into WIM Image Files Using PowerShell

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To inject Windows Updates into custom-built images that you are using in your Configuration Manager OSD environment, you may find that keeping them up to date is a real problem. If you are happy with the image itself and do not want to make any changes to it, why should you need to rebuild and … Read more

HP Driver Pack Matrix


If you are looking for HP driver packs then you can use the HP Driver Pack Matrix below: Notebooks & Tablets Windows 10 64-bit Windows 8.1 64-bit HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet with Travel Keyboard sp77863.exe (Updated: 2016-10-07) – HP EliteBook 1030 G1 Notebook PC sp77666.exe (Updated: 2016-10-07) – … Read more

SCCM – Windows 10 Sysprep Capture Errors

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So today we built a new custom Windows 10 image on a virtual machine and created our new SCCM capture media from the very latest version and every single time we ran the capture it failed at the Sysprep step. Infuriated by this as we have done captures hundreds of times, we started the annoying method … Read more

Setting Computer Name automatically during OSD Process – SCCM/ConfigMgr 2012

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We have been looking into getting our OSD process to automatically change the computer name to what we want it to be for a while now but never really had much luck with it. Reading various forums and blogs, many people have said to use WSNAME and many others saying use scripts, all of which … Read more

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.

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

Restart SCCM OSD Task Sequence within Windows PE

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If you want to restart SCCM OSD Task Sequence from within Windows PE without having to reboot the machine and start the PXE boot sequence again, you can quickly press F8 to bring up a command prompt and enter the following command: x:\sms\bin\i386\TsmBootstrap.exe /env:WinPE /configpath:x:\smsdata This will then restart the task sequence process for you … 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

Change OSD Task Sequence Error Message Timeout Setting for Configuration Manager

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You may have noticed that if you get an error when deploying an image using OSD in Configuration Manager the machine will display that error for 15 minutes and then reboot the machine. If you are running an image at lunch break or even overnight, this is obviously not even time to get the log … Read more

DP PXEBoot Speed Up Tool Released for Configuration Manager

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We are pleased to announce the release of our new small tool for Configuration Manager – DP PXEBoot Speed Up. This is a very simple and basic tool that allows you to make changes to your Configuration Manager Distribution Points registry settings to speed up the PXE booting process. For a long time now you … 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

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