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Hello Everyone

We have retired this blog. We are now blogging on a new Configuration Manager blog on the Microsoft TechCommunity located here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Configuration-Manager-Blog/bg-p/ConfigurationManagerBlog

Join us there for informative and best practice posts from the Configuration Manager team.

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Note: This TechNet blog will remain in place for a period to allow access to historical blog posts but no further updates will be made here.

See you over on the TechCommunity.

-Yvette

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 21 – Troubleshooting

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This is part twenty-one of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is titled troubleshooting but focuses on options to enable troubleshooting scenarios versus specifically tracking imaging activity in the logs.  Topics include the phases of imaging and log movement between phases, configuring task sequences to support troubleshooting, enabling logging options in the various phases of imaging and more.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

This is the final tutorial in the Advanced OSD section.  Join us for the next section which will focus on servicing options and the imaging options available for Windows 10 in Configuration Manager.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 20 – Automating and Custom OSD

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This is part twenty of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of automation and the deep level customization that can introduce truly compelling imaging scenarios.  Specific scenarios include the interface between task sequencing and Orchestrator, discussion of Imaging as a Service and customizing how task sequence activities take place versus simply using default task sequence items and more.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series is a session that focuses on options to enable troubleshooting scenarios versus specifically tracking imaging activity in the log.

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Update rollup for System Center Updates Publisher now available

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We have released an update rollup for System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP). If you have ‘automatically check for available updates at startup’, the update will be offered automatically when you run SCUP. Otherwise you can download it from the Microsoft Download Center here and install it manually.

For more information about this update, including the issues fixed, read KB 4462765 Update rollup for System Center Updates Publisher.

 

 

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 19 – DaRT

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This is part nineteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of DaRT, what it is and how it can be deployed using standard OSD imaging techniques.  In addition, a demonstration is presented that shows how the DaRT binaries can be used in the Configuration Manager Windows PE boot media to facilitate remote control during the Windows PE phase of imaging.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series is a discussion of automation and the deep level customization that can introduce truly compelling imaging scenarios.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 18 – Advanced Scenarios 2

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This is part eighteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session focuses on a few topics that don't each require a full session. The specific discussion includes setup and use of Multicast, ConfigMgr and Windows to Go, OSD and User Device Affinity and more.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series is a discussion of DaRT, what it is and how it can be deployed using standard OSD imaging techniques.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 17 – OSD and Custom Boot Images – Process and Strategy

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This is part seventeen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session focuses on boot images in the imaging process. Demonstrations show how Configuration Manager uses and customizes the boot image and how boot images are embedded in boot media. The discussion also details scenarios and support for down level boot images.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series are a set of advanced mini topics such as setup and use of Multicast, Configuration Manager and Windows to Go, and OSD and User Device Affinity.

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Updates for Configuration Manager current branch 1806 now available

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There are two updates available now for Configuration Manager current branch version 1806. You will see only the update applicable to your site.

Administrators who opted-in to the first (early) wave deployment for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1806, and downloaded it before August 10, 2018, have an update available in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. This update, made available on August 31, 2018, addresses important late-breaking issues that were discovered during the final release process for version 1806.

For more information, including the issues fixed and the applicability of the update, please read:

4346645 : Update for System Center Configuration Manager version 1806, first wave – https://support.microsoft.com/help/4346645

Administrators who downloaded  System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1806 between August 10, 2018 and August 24, 2018 have an update available in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. This update, made available on August 31, 2018, addresses important upgrade-related issues for version 1806.

For more information, including the issues fixed and the applicability of the update, please read:

4459354 : Interoperability update for System Center Configuration Manager version 1806 – https://support.microsoft.com/help/4459354

Additionally, if you are looking for the summary of fixes in Configuration Manager current branch 1806 you’ll find it here:

4459701:  Summary of changes in System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1806 - https://support.microsoft.com/help/4459701

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 16 – BIOS or UEFI

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This is part sixteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) systems and how Configuration Manager OSD can deliver images to systems running in UEFI mode.  The discussion also includes the challenges of using Pre-staged media with UEFI systems.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series Steven discusses custom boot images and support for down level boot images.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 15 – Advanced Concepts

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Still with us? We’ve journeyed through OSD Introductory Sessions and OSD - A Deeper Dive and now we are pulling it together with the tutorials in the Advanced OSD section. Today’s tutorial is part fifteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. In it, Steven covers a variety of advanced topics and builds on various sessions already presented. Topics include configuring and using prestart commands and engineering a task sequence for speed.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series Steven discusses UEFI systems and how Configuration Manager OSD can deliver images to systems running in UEFI mode.

Posts in Advanced OSD

  • Part XV - Advanced Concepts (this post)
  • Part XVI - OSD - BIOS or UEFI
  • Part XVII - OSD and Custom Boot Images - Process and Strategy
  • Part XVIII - Advanced Scenarios 2
  • Part XIX – DaRT
  • Part XX - OSD – Automating and Custom OSD
  • Part XXI - OSD – Troubleshooting

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System Center Updates Publisher Video Tutorial

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We released an update to System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) in March 2018 and we thought now would be a good opportunity to add a video tutorial for SCUP.

This video is part a series focusing on software updates in Configuration Manager current branch. This session focuses specifically on System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP).  Steven Rachui covers understanding and configuring SCUP, working with SCUP and integrating SCUP into and using SCUP in a Configuration Manager environment.

You can view our Software Updates Playlist to see additional videos in this series.

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 23 – Nested Task Sequences

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This session is part twenty-three of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. We are posting these a little out of the order that Steven originally recorded them. Don’t worry, the remaining sessions starting with fifteen will continue in our Advanced OSD section.

In this tutorial, Steven explains the nested task sequences capabilities which were added first in the Configuration Manager current branch 1710 release.  He details how the feature works, what to expect and demonstrates a few scenarios.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies. 

This is the last tutorial in the OSD – A Deeper Dive sequence. Join us for the Advanced OSD section next where Steve starts with an overview of advanced concepts.

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Speculative Execution Configuration Baseline updated for L1TF CVE-2018-3620

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We have updated the Speculative Execution Side-Channel Vulnerabilities Configuration Baseline.  The updated baseline now includes support for verifying the protections for CVE-2018-3620 (L1 Terminal Fault) in addition to the previously supported CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5754 and CVE-2018-3639.

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This Compliance Settings configuration baseline is used to confirm whether a system has enabled the mitigations needed to protect against the speculative-execution side-channel vulnerabilities as described in the Microsoft Security Advisories ADV180002, ADV180012 and ADV180018. It is based on the functionality in the PowerShell module Get_SpeculationControlSettings. It requires at least PowerShell 3.0.

Read more about mitigating speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities for Configuration Manager environments

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 14 – Pre-staged Media

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This session is part fourteen of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven discusses the pre-staged media option for image deployment. The discussion includes a description of pre-staged media, the scenarios solved by pre-staged media and a demonstration of configuring and using pre-staged media.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series, Steven discusses the intricacies of nested task sequences.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 13 – to be Known or to be Unknown – that is the question

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This session is part thirteen of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. Steven discusses the concept of Known and Unknown computer imaging and provides demonstrations and detailed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series, Steven will give a discussion of the pre-staged media option for image deployment.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 12 – OSD and the ADK

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This session is part twelve of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. We are taking a pause in our more traditional OSD discussion and looping back to the Windows Automated Deployment Kit (ADK).  Topics center around how the ADK is leveraged by OSD with demonstrations of image installation and modification using just the ADK tools.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series, Steven will discuss the concept of Known and Unknown computer imaging.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 11 – MDT Integration

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This session is part eleven of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven gives an overview of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit comparing it's use standalone and integrated with Configuration Manager. Demonstrations include the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit UDI wizard, a discussion of the elements added when the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is integrated with Configuration Manager 2012 and more.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series, Steven will pause in our more traditional OSD discussion and loop back to the Windows ADK.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 10 – USMT and OSD

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This session is part ten of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven details the integration of User State Migration with Configuration Manager. The discussion includes the components of Configuration Manager 2012 focused on User State Migration and four task sequences configured to show four different imaging scenarios focused on User State.

If you are new to user state migration, view this tutorial first: Part 9 - Standalone USMT

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series, Steven will give an overview of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and its integration with Configuration Manager.

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Updated: Speculation Execution Side-Channel Vulnerabilities Configuration Baseline

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We have updated the Speculation Execution Side-Channel Vulnerabilities Configuration Baseline.  The updated baseline now includes support for verifying the protections for CVE-2018-3639 (Speculative store bypass) in addition to the previously supported CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2017-5754.

Download the updated baseline

This configuration baseline is used to confirm whether a system has enabled the protections needed for the speculative-execution side-channel vulnerabilities as described in Microsoft Security Advisory ADV180002 and Microsoft Security Advisory ADV 18012.  It is based on the functionality in the PowerShell module Get_SpeculationControlSettings.  It requires at least PowerShell 3.0.

Read more about mitigating speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities for Configuration Manager environments

 

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 6 – Task Sequence variables a deeper dive

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We are starting the intermediate section of the OSD Tutorial video series titled A Deeper Dive.  And we kick things off with video number six that I skipped over in the Introductory Sessions.

This session is part six of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven takes a deeper look at variables. The discussion includes methods to dump variables while in the task sequencing environment, creating variables inside the task sequence environment and building variables on collections and devices.

The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

Next in the series, Steven will discuss the integration of User State Migration with Configuration Manager.

Posts in OSD - A Deeper Dive

  • Part VI - Task Sequence variables - a deeper dive (this post)
  • Part X - USMT and OSD
  • Part XI - MDT Integration
  • Part XII - OSD and the ADK
  • Part XIII - To be Known or to be Unknown - that is the question
  • Part XIV – Pre-staged Media
  • Part XXIII - Nested Task Sequences

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