July 9 2012

SCCM 2012 hotfixes and KBs

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A great new page over at TechNet keeping track of the KB articles and assosiated hotfixes for SCCM 2012.
More info:
RSS feed (fantastic idea) here:

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May 4 2012

SCCM 2012 and client side BITS…

I noticed this in the SCCM 2012 product documentation update today…

Microsoft Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is required to allow throttled data transfers between the client computer and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager site systems. BITS is not automatically downloaded during client installation. Most operating systems include BITS, but if they do not (for example, Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2), you must install BITS before you install the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager client.


I think this will catch out a few people…. a good one to remember…

I think the fact that the client deployment in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager does not include BITS will catch out a few people, especially since the documentation puts this point under the ‘Dependencies External to Configuration Manager and Automatically Downloaded During Installation’ section….

See Prerequisites for Client Deployment in Configuration Manager – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682042.aspx



May 4 2012

SCCM 2012 Prerequisite Downloads

If you want to pre-download the SCCM 2012 Prerequisite Downloads, simply run SMSSETUPBINX64setupdl.exe “targetdir” from the SCCM 2012 install source on an internet connected machine. This will download about 406 file totalling just under 400MB in size.




March 29 2012

HP driver packages for SCCM

HP have finally released a tool to make it easier to obtain full driver packs for their hardware. In the past we have had to individually download each driver manually from the HP website, this was very painful and time consuming. Hopefully their new tool will eliminate a lot of this pain and time (Dell’s equivalent was released about 5 years ago!)  More info:



March 6 2012

Capture and deploy Windows 8 with SCCM 2007 R3

I had a bit of time this weekend to play around with the latest Windows 8 Consumer Preview release. One of the first things I wanted to try and do was capture a reference image and redeploy it with SCCM 2007 R3. Firstly I tried to do this using the Capture task sequence media (Capture Image Wizard) however this was continuously failing at one of the first step – ‘Running sysprep command’. Looking in the smsts.log, I could see it was failing with error – ‘Failed to prepare the system partition for staging.
Wait Callback (Error: D0000004; Source: WinHTTP)’. See image below:

So I went back to the way I used to do OSD in SMS 2003. I manually ran c:windowssystem32sysprepsysprep.exe and selected the options below:

Once the machine was shutdown, I restarted it and booted into WinPE from my WDS server (you could use a CD/DVD/USB instead) and opened a command prompt (F8). I mapped a drive to the location of my WAIK files (Win7 WAIK v6.1.7600.16385) so I could have access to imagex.exe and ran imagex.exe /capture c: z:win8.wim “Windows 8” as you can see below:

There were a few error messages about extended attributes, however I could see the image was still being captured:

Once the capture process was complete, I simply added this into SCCM 2007 R3 as an OS image just like you would for Windows XP / 2008 / 7 and created a simple task sequence. Windows 8 was then successfully deployed!

Of course, none of this is supported by Microsoft and since we are only playing with a Consumer Preview version, nobody is going to be running this in a production environment. As far as I’m aware, even SCCM 2012 does not yet support deployment of Windows 8, so hopefully that is updated before RTM. Hopefully there is also an update for SCCM 2007!