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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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  • 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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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 9 – Standalone USMT

This session is part nine of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. This session discusses the User State Migration Tool that is used to migrate User State Data during imaging. The specific focus is on the tool itself, what it does, how it is used and scenarios for us. The goal of this session is to understand the standalone tool so that a later session discussion can turn to how User State Migration is integrated into Configuration Manager.

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 Introduction series.  Join us for the OSD Deeper Dive series next where Steve starts with a look at task sequence variables.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 8 – Understanding PXE

This session is part eight of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session dives into the details of how Windows Deployment Services is used in conjunction with the Distribution Point/PXE role in ConfigMgr. The session also discusses the PXE boot process and the implications of various deployment settings when initiating imaging through PXE boot.

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 User State Migration Tool that is used to migrate User State data during imaging.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 7 – Driver Management

This session is part seven of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session focuses on driver management during image deployment.  Discussion includes the process to import drivers, the various options available to install drivers in a task sequence and discussion of pros and cons related to making certain driver management choices.

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

Next in the series, Steven will focus on the details of Windows Deployment Services and PXE in Configuration Manager.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten part six. It will be included in our OSD - A Deeper Dive series.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 5 – The Logical Task Sequence

This session is part five of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session covers the flow of the task sequence, the use of 'continue on error', conditions and variables in controlling the progress of the task sequence.  The session ends by walking through an error handling section that can be added to any task sequence.

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

Next in the series, Steven will focus on driver management during image deployment.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 4 – Image Deployment

This session is part four of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session details the components of OS deployment, the process of creating a deployment and demonstrates the various image deployment mechanisms. 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 flow of the task sequence, error conditions and use of variables.

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Configuration Manager Third Party Software Updates Video Tutorial

Third-party software update integration is one of the most requested features on the Configuration Manager UserVoice feedback site.  If you have been watching the Configuration Manager technical previews since TP1803, you may have noticed this new feature being previewed.  To help you learn more about third-party software updates, Steven Rachui has prepared a detailed video tutorial.  In it he covers some history, requirements, configuration and does a demo.

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

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 3 – Task Sequencing

This is session three of a series that details the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session focuses on the task sequence.   A detailed discussion of a basic image deployment task sequence is provided along with a review of all default task sequence steps.

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 components of OS deployment and demo the various image deployment mechanisms.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part 2 – Obtain and Import the Image

This is session two of a series that details the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session focuses on the process of image capture and reviews the tools available in the ADK, MDT and ConfigMgr 2012 to accomplish image capture.

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 basic image deployment task sequence.

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OSD Video Tutorial: Part I – Introduction and Basics

This is the first session of a series that will detail the Operating System Deployment feature of ConfigMgr 2012. The session provides base knowledge that answers the questions - what is OSD?  Why OSD? The session also provides a quick look at the ConfigMgr 2012 console showing and describing the various elements relevant to OSD.

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 process of image capture.

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  • Operating System Deployment - Part I - Introduction and Basics (this post)
  • Operating System Deployment - Part II - Obtain and Import the Image
  • Operating System Deployment - Part III - Task Sequencing
  •  Operating System Deployment - Part IV - Image Deployment
  •  Operating System Deployment - Part V - The Logical Task Sequence
  •  Operating System Deployment - Part VII - Driver Management
  • Operating System Deployment - Part VIII - Understanding PXE
  • Operating System Deployment - Part IX - Standalone USMT

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OSD with Configuration Manager Video Tutorial Series Overview

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing another video tutorial series on our YouTube channel focused on Operating System Deployment (OSD) with Configuration Manager. These videos have been prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies.

This series will be divided into 4 main sections, each consisting of multiple tutorials.

  •  OSD - Introductory Sessions for those who are new to OSD. Using Config Manager 2012 to demonstrate, Steve covers all the foundational topics including image capture, task sequencing, driver management and PXE.
  • OSD - A Deeper Dive will get into task sequence variables, USMT and MDT integration, Pre-staged media and nested task sequences in Configuration Manager current branch.
  •  OSD - Advanced Concepts includes optimizing task sequences, UEFI, custom boot images, DaRT, troubleshooting and automation.
  • OSD and Windows 10 discusses servicing options and the imaging options available for Windows 10 in Configuration Manager.

Posts in the OSD Introductory Sessions 

  • Part I - Introduction and Basics
  • Part II - Obtain and Import the Image
  • Part III - Task Sequencing
  • Part IV - Image Deployment
  • Part V - The Logical Task Sequence
  • Part VII - Driver Management
  • Part VIII - Understanding PXE
  • Part IX - Standalone USMT

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We hope you enjoy.

Upgrade Readiness has been re-enabled on Windows 7 EU devices

Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness customers, including Configuration Manager users, may have noticed data from some devices not being updated. The Upgrade Readiness team have now re-enabled a limited subset of the diagnostic data for Windows 7 devices, enough to use Upgrade Readiness.  You will find more information including instructions for how to resume diagnostic data collection here:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/upgradeanalytics/2018/07/02/upgrade-readiness-re-enabled/

Update for Configuration Manager current branch, version 1802 is now available

An update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1802 is now available. This update is available for installation in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. Please note that if the Service Connection Point is in offline mode, you must re-import the update so that it is listed in the Configuration Manager console. Refer to the Install in-console Updates for System Center Configuration Manager topic for details.

For complete details regarding the update rollup for ConfigMgr current branch v1802, including the list of issues that are fixed, please see the following:

4163547 - Update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1802 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4163547)

ConfigMgr – O365 Deployment and Updating Video Tutorial

In January we presented a Software Update Video Tutorial series. This series hosted by Steven Rachui, was focused on the changes to software updates in Configuration Manager current branch. By popular demand we are adding another video tutorial for Office 365 updates. In this latest video Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer demonstrates configuring a deployment of O365 in Configuration Manager and then discusses the options available for delivering updates for that O365 installation using Configuration Manager 2012 and Configuration Manager current branch.

For people who are new to software updates or who want a refresher, Steven has made his Software Updates Foundations series available. The tutorials in the series are:

  • ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part I – Introduction and Overview – This video begins a series detailing the Software Update component in ConfigMgr 2012.  Discussion includes comparing differences between ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012.  Demonstrations also include a general walkthrough of Software Updates components in the console with brief explanation about each.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part II – Server Configuration – This video focuses on detailing the server-side components, including detailed discussion of the Software Update Point – including data flow and configuration options. Discussion then turns to configuring software updates for deploying, discussing strategies for using software update groups, creating deployment packages and automated deployment rules. The session concludes by reviewing the various client-side configurations that are implemented through site server settings.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part III – Server – Deep Dive – This video is a deep dive on the server side that investigates the back-end processing that happens when various administrative actions are taken in the console.  Topics covered include the replication of software update metadata and content data.  The session also discusses how information in the console is expressed in the database.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part IV – Client – This video focuses on the client experience when deploying software updates in several scenarios.  Discussion centers around the client-oriented software update components and gives examples of basic and more advanced deployments to show the user experience.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part V – Client – Internals – This video is a deep dive into the process of software update scanning and installation.  Demonstrations include a detailed look at the scanning process, a review of log files key to software update deployment and a look at a few key WMI namespaces involved in software update installation.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part VI – Monitoring Software Updates – This video focuses on monitoring software update deployment and compliance.  Discussion includes the various nodes of the ConfigMgr console, the data available in each and briefly touches the various report options.
  •  ConfigMgr 2012 – Software Updates – Part VII – Automating Software Updates – This video focuses on opportunities to automate routine tasks in software updates.  Specific demos and scripts show automation of software update group maintenance, deployments, maintenance of deployment packages and more.

We would love to hear your suggestions for topics for future series.

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