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

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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


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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




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




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






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,




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




make it available to PXE




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




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 !!!


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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..


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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 !




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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,


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

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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,



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

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