Deploy Windows Server 2019 using SCCM Task Sequence

Stephane FaubertSCCM8 Comments

In this post, we will deploy the recently released Windows 2019 with SCCM 1810. We will describe how to create a SCCM Windows 2019 deployment task sequence and deploy it to your servers. If you are already deploying Windows 10 in your environment, or even Windows Server 2016, chances are that you won’t need to change anything in your environment. This task sequence will help you deploy a “vanilla” Windows Server 2019 Standard edition using the default Install.wim from the Windows 2019 media. This means that you’ll end up with a basic Windows 2019 with the SCCM client and nothing else. You will be able to edit this task sequence later to customize it to your environment. PREPARE YOUR Windows 2019 OPERATING SYSTEMS We will now import the Windows Server 2019 WIM file before deployment. We will start by importing the default Install.Wim from the Windows Server 2019 media. You could also import a WIM file that you’ve created through a build and capture process. Mount … Read More

Installing an SCCM DP/MP/SUP in an untrusted domain

Stephane FaubertSCCM15 Comments

There may come a time in your SCCM administration days where some special needs may arise. I had such a case recently. Long story short, in our company, we have a windows domain where no trusts exist with our primary domain where SCCM resides. The problem with that is since there is no visibility in between the two domains, how do you get the servers or workstations managed? This post will describe Installing SCCM DP MP SUP in Untrusted Domain. Default settings? Such as a default Windows Update setup. Nah, I like to have some degree of control over who does what and when. Install a standalone WSUS server? Yes, this is a viable option where you can set and forget it. But it probably doesn’t fit with your SCCM setup. Install a completely separate SCCM infrastructure? Sure this works. But… Do you like doubling all your work? I surely … Read More

How to use SCCM Dynamic Queries in your Deployment Collections

Stephane FaubertSCCM7 Comments

In this post we will be looking at using SCCM dynamic queries to populate collections in our deployments. As a SCCM administrator, you most likely had to plan out mass deployments to all your servers or workstations or even both. How did you go ahead and populate your collections? Queries? Since the introduction of SCCM 2012, we now have a multitude of options, most notably: Direct membership Queries Include a collection Exclude a collection Chances are, if you are deploying a new software to be part of a baseline for workstations (for example), you will also add it to your task sequence. In my passed life, I must admit, I really did like queries. They can be such a powerful tool to populate your collections. I always was looking for ways to pimp the usual types of queries we use. For example, my fellow dude Benoit has given us a fabulous … Read More

Inject Software Updates in your WIM using SCCM Offline Servicing

Stephane FaubertOSD, SCCM14 Comments

Offline Servicing in SCCM is the process through which you can inject software updates in your operating system WIM files. This process can alleviate your build and capture yearly/bi-yearly WIM updates that you most likely run in your enterprise. However, as much as this process is great to shorten your gold image updates, it’s still not perfect. Why? The answer is quite simple. Even if your gold image contains products such as Microsoft Office, offline servicing will not apply Office patches even though these are downloaded to your Software Update Point. Only core Windows applications can get patched through this process. What are the type of core applications that you can apply patches to? Obviously, Windows, Internet Explorer, .Net Framework and so on and so forth. (also called CBS, for Component Based Servicing) SCCM Offline Servicing Overview Here’s what happens in the background when you start the SCCM Offline servicing process : SMS_Executive … Read More