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This tip will show you how to let your local I.T. guy see a Task Sequence menu after PXE booting the computer.

 

first of all create a new collection (in your Deploy collection) called MultiTask.

 

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from your list of available Task Sequences that you have already made, choose one, and right click and select Advertise.

 

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advertise it to your Multitask collection, make sure PXE boot is enabled and choose next

 

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make sure that you do not set any mandatory options (in other words, it is now voluntary) and click next

 

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set your distribution point settings

 

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and leave interaction as default

 

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and click next until complete through security and summary.

 

repeat the above steps with at least one more Task Sequence, after this, you can verify that the task sequences are advertised to the MultiTask collection by looking at the collection properties and clicking on the Advertisements tab

 

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Now using Computer Association, import a computer (or create a direct membership) into the MultiTask collection

 

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and pxe boot it, you should see the following

 

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do as it says and press F12

 

it will start loading Windows PE

 

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If however, you see some of your Windows Deployment Services menus (like capture or deploy) then you will need to reconfigure the WDS server properties and set the PXE respone time to more than than PXE response time set in SCCM, and then restart the WDS service. If that doesn't help then verify that the computer you imported is not obsolete in SCCM.

 

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followed by this, just click next, if you want it to prompt for a password then configure the PXE Service Point role with a password

 

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then you'll see your list of Task Sequences, select one and you are done !

 

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Note: if you want the password and choice menu removed via a script then checkout this post

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Hi anyweb

 

 

First of all .. your materials are awesome and it helped me through alot of things Great work!!

 

This is probably a dumb question but. after the image is installed into the machine a dialogue window pops up saying that there are some advertised programs that users can run (other OS installs) is there a settings that we can disable this from prompting the users?

 

cheers!

ej

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If these progrmans are included in the task sequence,it should be installed along with the OS .Once the image is installed,the computer will be moved to default collection (all systems or windows XP systems) or to other collection.If the collection(installed computers is member of) has any other advertised progrms,it will be advertised on to the newly installed computer.This can be done by supprssing the adv.

 

Regards,

Eswar.

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If these progrmans are included in the task sequence,it should be installed along with the OS .Once the image is installed,the computer will be moved to default collection (all systems or windows XP systems) or to other collection.If the collection(installed computers is member of) has any other advertised progrms,it will be advertised on to the newly installed computer.This can be done by supprssing the adv.

 

Regards,

Eswar.

 

 

Make sense! thanks Eswar

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Hi

I have one specific error. i configured a 32 bit os in vmware server for windows 7 & want to deploy the same from sccm 2007 sp2.

site config: as a guest os of win server 2003, sccm sp2 with ads, dns, dhcp, wsus, wds.

 

Requirement: To deploy os from sccm to a baremetal systems.

created osd package, created task sequence, configured pxe server role & added the x86, x64 bit bootimage to SMSPXEIMAGE$ folder. (guidence by http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1182-deploy-windows-7-enterprise/).

 

my vmware client is trying to boot from network, dhcp leased the ip to the client. then the error is showing as:

"PXE-E55 Proxy DHCP Service did not reply to request on port 4011"

 

whether i should enable 4011 port? if, how to do that.or whatelse cause the issue. immdly it exiting from network boot & says "Operating System not found" error.

googled several threads but no result yet.

Thanks in advance

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Hi

I have one specific error. i configured a 32 bit os in vmware server for windows 7 & want to deploy the same from sccm 2007 sp2.

site config: as a guest os of win server 2003, sccm sp2 with ads, dns, dhcp, wsus, wds.

 

Requirement: To deploy os from sccm to a baremetal systems.

created osd package, created task sequence, configured pxe server role & added the x86, x64 bit bootimage to SMSPXEIMAGE$ folder. (guidence by http://www.windows-n...s-7-enterprise/).

 

my vmware client is trying to boot from network, dhcp leased the ip to the client. then the error is showing as:

"PXE-E55 Proxy DHCP Service did not reply to request on port 4011"

 

whether i should enable 4011 port? if, how to do that.or whatelse cause the issue. immdly it exiting from network boot & says "Operating System not found" error.

googled several threads but no result yet.

Thanks in advance

 

 

Do you have your WDS server on the same subnet as your client?

 

 

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Great tutorial!

 

Just one thing I would like to know: when I use mandatory advertisements, I can click on "Operating System Deployment" to see a status overview for the last run task sequences. With the voluntary advertisements, these information disappear quickly. Is there a possibility to show the status of the voluntary advertisements in this overview without getting those "There is a new advertisement"-infoboxes for the users?

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Can this be done with the All Unknown Computers Collection? i ask this because I have to image bare PC's and would like to have this menu for them as well. I tried it but everytime i pxe boot and choose the image it fails on applying the image with the following error code...Task sequence failed with error code 0x80070002. Any idea's ? also the image fails so there is no smsts.log file to look at.

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yes, no problem at all to advertise several task sequences to the All Unknown Computers collection and to use them like this

the error you are seeing (if it occurs during applying the wim image) is network related, is it dropping the IP address ? try a different switch/location

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hi guy,

 

i would create a task that after I choose the task for hardware model (no mandatory is right) I select the collection membership with associate the program to installer.

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Hello.

I've been assigned as the head SCCM guy at work and have referenced this website often, utilizing some of the concepts that you have made available. THANK YOU for taking the time and providing this valuable information!

 

My dilemma - I have been tasked with the following:

Modify our Production Windows 7 imaging Task Sequence to choose from a menu via PXE which software package/s is/are needed for a particular department. (The Production Task Sequence formats the harddisk, installs the OS, applies needed specific device drivers through logic conditions (we have quite the heterogenous setup here with many different HP, Dell, and other workstation/laptop devices), and then install the needed core software packages (MS Office 2010, Java)).

 

Restated by example:

We are being asked to incorporate a way to have the imaging process prompt, after installing the core software packages during the Task Sequence, which additional software package(s) to install, for instance, if the Financial department is to have applications A, B, C, and Human Resources is to have applications X, Y, Z, and so on, then we can choose, when prompted, which packages to complete the setup.

 

Simpler stated:

Image process runs, the core software install, then during PXE a menu option appears which allows us to choose which software to additionally add for that image.

 

Can this be accomplished? If so, how?

 

I kind of see it as developing separate Task Sequences for each department and utilizing the "using Mulitple Task Sequences via PXE", but I do not believe that is what the boss wants.

 

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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Hello.

I've been assigned as the head SCCM guy at work and have referenced this website often, utilizing some of the concepts that you have made available. THANK YOU for taking the time and providing this valuable information!

 

My dilemma - I have been tasked with the following:

Modify our Production Windows 7 imaging Task Sequence to choose from a menu via PXE which software package/s is/are needed for a particular department. (The Production Task Sequence formats the harddisk, installs the OS, applies needed specific device drivers through logic conditions (we have quite the heterogenous setup here with many different HP, Dell, and other workstation/laptop devices), and then install the needed core software packages (MS Office 2010, Java)).

 

Restated by example:

We are being asked to incorporate a way to have the imaging process prompt, after installing the core software packages during the Task Sequence, which additional software package(s) to install, for instance, if the Financial department is to have applications A, B, C, and Human Resources is to have applications X, Y, Z, and so on, then we can choose, when prompted, which packages to complete the setup.

 

Simpler stated:

Image process runs, the core software install, then during PXE a menu option appears which allows us to choose which software to additionally add for that image.

 

Can this be accomplished? If so, how?

 

I kind of see it as developing separate Task Sequences for each department and utilizing the "using Mulitple Task Sequences via PXE", but I do not believe that is what the boss wants.

 

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

 

Hello:

I have not received any feedback regarding this question and am wondering if this can be accomplished and how? Thank you.

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Hi

 

Just wondering if deploying multiple TS to the unknown Computer collection in SCCM 2012 works this way also.

 

I have just tested this by deploying 2 TS to the unknown collection . I have a test server on a hyper-v box at a remote site and have added the unknown computer collection to its DP group. It does not prompt me which TS I wish to install?

 

I posted a question in relation to this a few days ago but no-one has replied as of yet.

 

Thanks

 

Rocket Man

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Hi peter

 

Does each TS have to be pointing to a different image file. At the moment I am just pointing both TS to the same image file. What i am doing currently is just deploying a custom base image to several remote sites, so each site has the same image file. Whenever a site requires a diferent image I go to site create the new custom image and capture it to the DP at that site.

 

What i do then is not supported but it works:

 

I call the new custom image the same as the original image xxxx.wim and i place this new image in the IDfolder of the DPshare and relocate the old original image to a diferent directory not in the DPshare. I can then swop these back as i need.

 

My main reason for doing this is because in most cases the new image is much larger (8-9GB) than the original distributed image(3.5GB) from SCCM. I have bad links between sites and I have not got my head around prestaging as of yet.

 

This works so far and i have had no problems...you could say i am tricking SCCM to believe it is installing the smaller original image from the site server when infact it is a much larger image..

 

Maybe this is why I do not get both TS options at PXE.

 

Maybe i should try and distribute a standard install.wim to a remote DP and then deploy 2 TS each pointing to different images to see what happens??

 

What is your thoughts?

 

Thanks

 

Rocket Man

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I actually got know idea if that can have any influence on seeing the multiple task sequences... I do know that what you are doing with the manually changing of the package folders can cause lots of problems (like hash errors)...

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I know it is not supported but I am not changing the folders just the file inside...i will have to get my head around prestaging to address this.

 

I have since created a new OS installer image(just a base install.wim) and distributed it out to 2 of my remote sites. I then deploy the 2 ceatedTS each pointing to each wim file to the unknown computer collection and make it available for PXE. (Both wims are distributed to remote site now)

 

I wait 5-10 mins before PXE booting the test VM at one of the remote sites...and still it does not prompt me to which TS I would like to install...it just wants to install the last TS I deployed from the 2.

 

Any ideas why this is so?

 

Thanks

 

Rocket Man

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Hi peter

 

This is solved...should have looked more closely at Niall's example above.

 

I set TS to required and not available and now when I change this I now get Option for which TS I wish to Deploy. :D :D

 

Thanks Guys

 

Rocket Man

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what does your smspxe.log file tell you ? search for the MAC address of the vm you are booting.

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Hi Niall

 

This is now working for me....I did not make the TS available instead i had it as a required TS (both of them).

Once i redeployed both but this time specifying them as only available i got prompted with which TS I wished to install.

 

Just one question while on this subject...i notice that it is required to press f12 at PXE boot time......is this because it is only availble....if i deploy a TS to unknown computers and make it required it does not prompt for f12 to continue.

 

I tried manually configuring WDS to not prompt for f12 but it still does..( This is only test lab thus the reason to manually trying to configure WDS boot options)

 

It is not a big issue but if there was a way of bypassing this straight to the TS options would be great..

 

Thanks

 

Rocket Man

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standalone media only supports one task sequence.

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