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Configuration Manager 2012: Select a Preferred Deployment when deploying via unknown computer support

1:16 pm in CM12, ConfigMgr 2012, ConfigMgr V.next, OSD, PXE, sccm, SCCM 2012, SCCM v.Next, System Center, Task Sequence, V.next, Windows 7 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi there ,

Today a customer requested an interesting scenario about selecting a preferred deployment when deploying multiple TS to a single collection:

Scenario:

You have made a few task sequences available thru PXE boot and enabled unknown computer support . You set all your deployments to available , not required.
When you start your OSD deployment , you will see the few task sequences sitting there and waiting . This is a correct behavior.

The customer likes to see the following behavior:

– one of the task sequences made available will be started automatically after 30 seconds  if none of the other TS are selected.

This will help them to avoid the import computer information part as they stage thousands of machines over one weekend and there process is that the computer name is generated from their CMDB tool after the mac address and serial number is scanned. Then we extract that information and push it into TS variables.

Solution:

You can define a deployment in a prestart command that overrides existing deployments to the destination computer. Use the SMSTSPreferredAdvertID task sequence variable to configure the task sequence to use the specific Offer ID that defines the conditions for the deployment.

More interesting info on John Vintzels blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/inside_osd/archive/2010/06/07/v-next-beta-1-feature-select-preferred-deployment-from-pre-execution-hook.aspx

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

SCCM V.next Beta 1 : Released !!!

3:40 pm in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr V.next, SCCM v.Next, V.next by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Today I am very excited to announce the release of Beta 1 for System Center Configuration Manager v.Next.

System Center Configuration Manager v.Next is uniquely positioned to provide for powerful and flexible user-centric client management, allowing users to be able to seamlessly access their data from virtually anywhere, across multiple device types while providing IT with unified management tools and centralized control.

This next release of Configuration Manager is focused on 3 main pillars:

User centric application management  – Empowering Administrators to define intent, and end users flexible access to the right application at the right time

  • Allow the administrator to think users first
  • Application management model to capture admin intent
  • End user self-service software portal

Infrastructure simplification – Simplify management infrastructure, processes and administrative overhead

  • Unified management across PCs and devices
  • New role based administration and end-user experiences
  • Automated content distribution and troubleshooting
  • Redesigned core infrastructure and improved scalability

Simplify Client Management – Daily tasks, model based configuration management and improvements over existing capabilities

  • Automated compliance remediation
  • Client health and auto remediation
  • Remote control enhancements
  • Offline servicing of OS images

Read it further at Jeff’s Wettlaufers Blog post : http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2010/05/24/the-next-generation-of-client-management.aspx

You will see me blogging more and more on V.next when doing my Beta 1 test routines , so stay tuned …

 

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx