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using SCCM 2012 beta 2 in a LAB - Part 12. Test Deploying Windows 8 Developer Preview



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anyweb    399

Side Note: This is a break from the normal LAB we've been doing. As the Build version of Windows 8 Developer Preview was released yesteday I wanted to test Deploying it, I will use the same Build and Capture Method as we used below in Parts 6-9 but not go into the same detail, in addition, we will disable the capture part as it just doesn't work.... right now. If I can workaround the issues then i'll post it.

 

Remember: This is a Developer Preview OS being installed using a beta product so results may vary and of course it's not supported by Microsoft.

 

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). We deployed that captured image to a new Virtual Machine in Part 9 by importing our captured images, creating a new Deploy Task Sequence and then Deployed Windows 7. In Part 10 we Synchronized Software Updates and verified that they were synchronising using logs, then in Part 11 we Deployed those Software Updates to our Windows 7 Computers.

 

Step 1. Get the ISO and Extract the contents on your SCCM 2012 server

 

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview from here, I used the WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English.iso for my Guide.

I then Mounted that ISO in my SCCM 2012 beta 2 Hyperv virtual Machine and extracted the contents to \\vnext\sources\os\Windows 7 Developer PreviewX64

 

w8_copy source to sccm b2 server.png

 

 

Step 2. Add the Operating System Installer Image and Distribute Content

 

In the Configmgr Console, expand Software Library, Operating Systems, Operating System Installers, right click and choose Add Operating System Installer

 

w8_add operating system installer.png

 

browse to the path where we extracted it in Step 1

 

w8_browse to path.png

 

done

 

w8_os_added.png

 

Once added, distribute the content to your DP's by right clicking the image and choose Distribute Content.

 

w8_distribute content.png

 

and continue through the wizard just like you've done before with Windows 7's installer image.

 

 

Step 3. Create the Build and Capture Task Sequence

 

In task sequences,right click and choose Create Task Sequence

 

w8_create ts.png

 

Choose the Build and Capture a reference operating system image option

 

w8_bac.png

 

fill in the details and choose a X64 boot image as we are Build and Capturing the X64 Windows 8 image...

 

w8_x64boot image in bac.png

 

for the Install Windows step, select the following options

 

w8_choose_win_edition.png

 

for Product key, use the key stored in PID.TXT from the sources folder on the ISO you downloaded otherwise the Setup Windows and Configmgr step will fail (error 31) later on in the process.

 

select your Configmgr Client in the next step then next your way through on to the Capture image step

 

fill in your capture details

 

w8_capture details.png

 

done..

 

w8_ts_Created.png

 

Now right click the task sequence and choose Edit,

 

Disable the Entire Capture Group (for now) and also disable the apply device drivers step.

 

disable capture.png

 

 

Step 4. Deploy the Build and Capture Task Sequence

 

Right click on the task sequence and choose Deploy,

 

w8_deploy.png

 

point it to the All Systems and/or Unknown Computers Collection

 

w8_deploy_allsystems.png

 

make it available to PXE

 

w8_deploy_pxe.png

 

Step 5. PXE boot a new virtual machine and start the process

 

PXE boot your Virtual Machine (create a new one in hyperV)

 

then you'll see the now familiar and very nice SCCM 2012 splash screen, enter your PXE password

 

w8_pxe pass.png

 

Select the Build and Capture Windows 8 X64 Developer ... task sequence

 

w8_select ts.png

 

the installation starts

 

w8_apply operating system.png

 

and finally Setup Windows and configmgr...

 

w8_setup is starting.png

 

and Windows setup starts

 

w8_setup.png

 

oooh the excitement !!

 

w8 setup done.png

 

after a reboot we get our first look at Windows 8 setting up !!

 

windows 8 setting up.png

 

doesn't it look cool :)

 

getting devices ready.png

 

after another reboot...

 

and it seems that obviously things are different in Windows 8, we see a few screens prompting for email address and password, but that's ok, as this is all beta and fun !!!

 

enter email address.png

 

enter your password...

 

and then it returns to our Build and Capture process :-)

 

setup windows again.png

 

and finalizing your settings

 

finalizing your settngs.png

 

which will then reboot the computer again into Windows to finish up our process..

 

niall brady.png

 

finally, Windows 8 !

 

windows 8.png

 

In later releases of SCCM 2012 I hope to document this process more thoroughly and using best practise of course, however this post, is just for fun !

 

cheers

niall

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jhevener    0

Niall,

 

Just wanted to say thanks for all the good work you've put into your guides. They and your great knowledge have been a godsend to me. Keep it up, man.

 

Yippee, now I can get a look at Windows 8 as well.

 

All the very best,

Joe

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anyweb    399

thanks for the kind words Joe ! much appreciated :-)

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babes    0

Me too would like to say thanks for sharing your generous knowledge to all of us. Your work is so cool and it really help us newbies in this area.

 

I salute you sir Anyweb. God bless.

 

Best regards,

 

Babes

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anyweb    399

there are no more beta 2 parts coming as Release Candidate 2 is already out, look at those guides here

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