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using SCCM 2012 beta 2 in a LAB - Part 9. Deploying Windows 7 Enterprise

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In Part 1. of this series we Installed SCCM 2012, in Part 2 we started to configure it. In Part 3, we configured Beta 2 some more by enabling Active Directory discovery methods, adding some site system roles, configuring the computer client agent and client push settings and finally doing a manual client installation to verify it all worked, in Part 4 we looked at installing an application using Application Management and the Software Catalog and the Software Center features of SCCM 2012, and in Part 5, we added the FSP, SLP, SMP, SUP. In Part 6 we got our SCCM 2012 server ready for Deploying Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 so that we could start deploying some Windows 7 clients to enhance our LAB, then in Part 7 we created a Build and Capture Task Sequence and deployed it to our Build and Capture collection. In Part 8 we created our Network Access Account and captured our Windows 7 SP1 image (and Windows 7 RTM). Now we will deploy that captured image to a new Virtual Machine.


Perform the following on your SCCM 2012 beta 2 server as SMSadmin.



Step 1. Import the captured images


If you havn't already done so repeat the Build and Capture Process so that we have both Windows 7 X64 SP1 and Windows 7 X64 images captured.


In the Software Library, Operating Systems section of the Configmgr console, click on Operating System Images, you'll note that it is empty because we havn't imported any images yet.


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In the ribbon above, click on Home and then Add Operating System Image


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for data source enter the capture UNC eg: \\vnext\sources\captures and click on browse,


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select the W7x64SP1.wim file


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enter the operating system image data


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click next and next again


review the add operating system image Wizard completion message


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click Close, then repeat the above process for our Windows 7 X64 image (RTM).


Both images should now appear


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Step 2. Distribute Content


We now need to distribute our imported images to our distribution points. Select Our Windows 7 Enterprise Service pack 1 image and in the ribbon above click on Home and then Distribute Content


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when the Distribute Content wizard appears click next


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specify our vnext Distribution Point


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click next, next and review the Wizard Completion


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click Close and then repeat the above for our other Windows 7 image.

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Step 3. Create the Deploy Task Sequence


Now that we have added our captured operating system images to Configmgr, and distributed them to our dp's we want to create a Deploy Task sequence to Deploy the image. In Task Sequences, right click and choose Create Task Sequence.


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This time select the first option, Install an existing image package


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fill in some details about the image and select the X86 boot image


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for Image package, click on browse and select our Windows 7 Enterprise X64 Service Pack 1 image


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for Image click on the drop down and change it from All Images to 1 - 1 and enter a password for the Local Administrator account (good for troubleshooting failed installations), notice there is an already checked Partition and Format the target computer before installing the operating system step


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enter your Domain Joining credentials and specify an OU if you wish, I didn't.


Note: please don't select the Computer Container as that is a container (not an OU).


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for the configmgr client step, select the configuration manager client package and click next


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we are not migrating any data at this point so remove the State capture options


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for Install updates select All Software Updates


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and for Add applications, we'll add a new app (please add it first using this guide) called Winzip 15 (you can download the MSI file from here, and I want to you specify Install for System, whether or not a user is logged on in the Install for User or System step.




click next through the summary...


and click close at the confirmation screen




Repeat the above process for our Windows 7 RTM image


now we have two new Deploy Windows 7 Task Sequences listed


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Step 4. Deploy the Task Sequence to the All Unknown Computers collection


In Software Library, select Task Sequences, select our Deploy Windows 7 Enterprise X64 SP1 Task sequence and right click, choose Deploy (of course you can also select the task sequence and click Deploy from the Ribbon above)


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for collection, click browse and select All Unknown Computers


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make sure to select the Vnext Distribution point then click next


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for Deployment Settings Purpose, make it available (optional) and place a checkmark in Make available to boot media and PXE




click next through schedule (don't set anything there), and User experience, for Distribution keep the defaults,


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click close at the Deployment completion


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repeat the above for the Deploy Windows 7 X64 Enterprise Task Sequence.

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Step 5. Create a new VM and PXE boot it


Create a new virtual machine and PXE boot it, as the virtual machine is New and New to SCCM 2012, it's considered Unknown and therefore we should see whatever deployments we targetted to the All Unknown Computers collection, you should see the following


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press F12 to PXE boot, and the boot image starts loading


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we'll get prompted for our PXE password, enter it and click next


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and our task sequence menu appears, select Deploy Windows 7 Enterprise X64 SP1 and click next


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and our Deployment begins !


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Ths OS installs...


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our new application Gets installed


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Create another Virtual Machine and PXE boot it, but this time choose Deploy Windows 7 Enterprise X64 and click next.

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Hello All,


Please correct me if I am wrong but it seems to me that we installed severalapplications during the build and capture task sequence then we added a new application in the deployment task sequence. When the deployment was completed and the new machine logged on, the only application that appeared to be installed was the one we added during the deploymnt task sequence... It is my understanding that since the first three applications were installed before the capture was completed, they should have been part of the OS image. Am I missing something?


Thank You,


Eric D. Craven

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Thank you for your reply! I truely appreciate the hard work you do in creating these instructions. No where else have I found such clear, understandable, and accurate lab instructions. Keep up the great work.


I have verified that the applications that were installed during the capture task sequence are not installed/ They include 7-Zip x64, ConfigMgr 2007 Toolkit V2, and Infrarecorder 0.52 x64 edition. During the build and capture process I verified that all three applications installed correctly.


During the deployment process, I added an additional application;Skype. It is infact the only application that installed correctly on the newly deployed machine. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.


Eric D. Craven

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thanks for the kind words :)


I'd say double check that the captured image is indeed the image you are deploying in your deploy task sequence, perhaps you didn't update your distribution points or something else ?

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