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Hi Niall.

I need help deploying Windows 10 with drivers and basic applications to existing and new PCs.

 

If possible, can we cover the following topics:

1. MDT or SCCM or MDT integrated into SCCM.

2. PXE UEFI boot (Who still uses BIOS)?

3. How to capture a custom image? Or how do you create and deploy an image to a PC which will install all the drivers and required applications?

- Is this done with TS?

- Is this image capture outside of SCCM and then imported?

4. Do I create a TS for each PC / NB model in the company?

5. How can this TS be used by PCs that is not part of the SCCM collection it was deployed to?

6. Can the TS be made lightweight to reduce installation time and what canI remove from the steps.

 

My environment:

SCCM 1810 with the latest MDT integrated

DHCP Server 2012R2

SCCM Server 2016

Multiple subnets to accomodate about 800 devices

 

What I'm planning on doing for now:

Follow your guide step for step to create the first TS for deployment testing.

"How can I deploy Windows 10 with MDT 2013 Update 2 integrated with System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)"

I will post my findings and the steps followed until success has been achieved.

 

I hope you and the other readers will be able to assist.

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Instructions followed in guide from Niall.

My TS is ready for deployment.

I am now reading up on DHCP scope options / IP Helpers.

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ok one step at a time, what do you see when you try to PXE boot the computer, and are you testing this in a lab or in production ? did you update the boot images to the dp ? did you enable them for PXE ?

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1. Some file size too large for memory.

2. This is in production.

3. Yes I did and distributed to a collection with one test PC in it.

4. I just boot from network? SCCM was configured and can do PXE.

 

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Configuring DHCP should not be necessary, but for UEFI boot where switches are involved using IPHelpers is recommended. Talk to your network guys for help with that.

when you PXE boot the client computer (test with virtual machines, eg: hyperv, it's best) then what exactly do you see ? is there any error, if so what ?

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there's some info about iphelpers here

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I can confirm IP Helpers were implemented, it does not look like it is working.

Even though Microsoft recommends IP Helpers and a lot of blog posts steer clear from DHCP options there are many people that only use DHCP options (BIOS and UEFI)  with success. Will do more research on this.

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Joe13,

Did you declare the OSDDISK variable in the:

Partition Disk 0 Volume section in the Windows (Primary)

as well in the Apply Operating systems task step?

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@LeeF I did not change anything in the TS, what difference will this make?

Could we discuss point 5 in OP. Do I deploy this to the Unknown collection in SCCM, will any new PC / NB be able to use this PXE? I would like to test the UEFI, It seems that ours will only deploy BIOS.

 

I found an article about the boot file "wdsmgfw.efi" being missing on the \\WDSServer\REMINST\Boot\x64 (See screenshot)

I placed it there for now and will test a newer PC with the DHCP scope options (See screenshot)

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Success - Boot from PXE and UEFI.

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This post forms part of option 3 and 6 of my OP.

How can I make this TS lightweight, what steps can be disabled from screenshots attached?

Do I use DISM to capture a custom image with drivers and software on it or how can I do this? Is it better to include the drivers with DISM or with this TS?

Would it be possible to customize start menu tiles and shortcuts to my preference?

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how can I make this TS lightweight, what steps can be disabled from screenshots attached?

you could just create a new task sequence from scratch (non MDT integrated) and start learning what each step does

Do I use DISM to capture a custom image with drivers and software on it or how can I do this? 

I don't capture images today any more, and instead just deploy the built in install.wim (thin image) and use the task sequence steps to customize it, however some people still like to capture thick images, and for that they tend to use MDT, or even SCCM using build and capture.

Is it better to include the drivers with DISM or with this TS? 

never include drivers in a captured image, always inject drivers using steps in the task sequence which are based on wmi queries by make/model, or use modern driver management

Would it be possible to customize start menu tiles and shortcuts to my preference? 

absolutely, i've a blog post here on that

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Thanks Niall,

I'm using a standard TS as suggested. With the Windows 10 start layout mod, where would I apply it? In your guide you said it should be - "Scroll down to a section that occurs after Set Status 4" But this was with MDT and SCCM TS.

 

Edit: I added a new section below setup operating system and linked the package from there. Will test and report back.

 

 

The TS is stuck at "just a moment", I've read that adding unattend.xml to skip OOBE will skip this step. I did this and now the TS fails at the end.

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See screenshot, when I add a step in TS to install software after the built in "Setup Windows and Configuration Manager" It proceeds past this step, by when it gets to install software on the bottom it shows Initializing SCCM client. Is this correct? I added restart commands between these steps.

 

My software installs, when Windows is done the are no apps installed? It just wouldn't install, If I deploy the apps to a collection and install it from Software Center it works. Just not in the TS.  Also added restart steps between app installs.

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Going to pull my hair out.

Blank OS with drivers will install. As soon as I add apps it fails. One day it will install the next day it will fail. Cannot find log files to troubleshoot. Frustrating.

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add a continue on error on your application install steps, then once done, attach the smsts*.log files here so we can troubleshoot.

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I found the following in the log file:

Install application action failed: 'AppName'. Error Code 0x87d00269

It seems like it cannot contact the MP - I'm not joining the domain so it seems that it cannot resolve the MP Name. I added the following in my Cfgmgr step SMSMP=ServerFQDN.

Your thoughts on this?

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Running the TS again, will report back tomorrow.

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Back to square one!

 

: device is in the database.    SMSPXE    2019/03/15 9:32:19 AM    5180 (0x143C)
: no advertisements found    SMSPXE    2019/03/15 9:32:20 AM    5180 (0x143C)
: No boot action. Aborted.    SMSPXE    2019/03/15 9:32:20 AM    5180 (0x143C)
 

I just used it, what now! Frustrated.

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Can someone shed some light on my new issue.

I have 1 testing PC where everything works fine, any other PC fails with the same error, new or used PC.

There are no more volumes available for use.    ApplyOperatingSystem    2019-03-19 15:25:07    1780 (0x06F4)

The requested target could not be resolved to a valid volume on this computer. Check your task sequence to ensure this drive is correct and that it is being created
The parameter is incorrect. (Error: 80070057; Source: Windows)    ApplyOperatingSystem    2019-03-19 15:25:07    1780 (0x06F4)

Failed to run the action: Apply Operating System. 
Unspecified error (Error: 80004005; Source: Windows)    TSManager    2019-03-19 15:25:07    1656 (0x0678)
 

Attached is the first step of my TS where it fails.

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without the accompanying smsts.log file we'd only be guessing what the issue is, if it's real hardware i'd guess that you might be missing storage drivers, attach the entire smsts.log file and we can take a look

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Here is the log file, I cannot think why it would be hardware, I take the exact same models and boot PXE, my test machine has no issues.

smsts.log

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I did something now which made it work, not entirely sure how to correct this in the TS.

When I booted F12, I used DiskPart to list disk, I cleaned it and created a partition. The deployment was successful after that.

So it seems that the TS isn't partitioning the disk the way it should? What can I look at?

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