windows 7

Event – People Centric IT

Hi All, I know that has been a while since the last post, a bit more than 1 month to be exactly. During this time, i have been busy creating and delivering couple of presentations (Birmingham and Reading) as well as creating content for this site (a blog post about this will happen soon :)).. Birmingham i presented 4 sessions, (yes, i think people had too much of me that day) and Reading only 1…but was recorded, so once online i’ll post the link for you that missed. anyway, here you can download my presentations: BYOD & CYOD MDM with SCCM & Intune OSD And for those at the locations, send me an email (raphael AT rflsystems DOT co DOT uk) and you’ll be entering in a draw to win a copy of my e-book

SCCM 2012 – Cutomizing Windows lock screen

Hi All, today i’ll talk about how to customize the Windows Lock Screen as well as the user/guest picture via OS Deployment (read as Task Sequence) it is really easy. the way i do is always copy the files i need to have on the client machine after the apply os and before the setup windows using robocopy. if you want to know how to do this, check my post about robocopy and task sequence here anyway, the problem is simple, which file and copy where… there are 4 files responsible for the user picture as well as picture. yes, that picture you see when you log on to a machine while typing your username/password. These files (user.bmp, user.png, guest.bmp and guest.png) should be put under c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures See here for more information Now that you customized the icon, this is what you’ll see when trying to log on…

SCCM 2012 Easy Naming Convention

Hello, A while ago I was on a project that needed to quickly adopt a simple and easy naming convention for new builds that the desktop support teams could build in bulk without having to manually enter in a computer name before each build. Now normally you’d use the OSDCOMPUTERNAME variable (manual) or you’d prestage the devices you want to build in SCCM with a name and a MAC address. But instead I used the serial number of hardware, as its almost guaranteed to be unique on each device. Here is how to easily set this up in your task sequence. We decided to use an acronym as part of the name, eg: TDT12345  (where “TDT” is The Desktop Team and “12345” is the serial number) Next you need to add in 3 steps to your task sequence, they need to added in after the Apply OS section and before the Apply Windows Settings…

SCCM 2012 R2 & MDT 2013 – Unattend.xml

Hi All, Customizing Unattend.xml is always fun, including when things does not work as expected and how to troubleshoot this when things are not going as planned? the way i find is simple…copy the xml file to a temp folder after changes to it happen, and i do this manually… 1- after the configure step and before the setup and configure windows, add a pause on your task sequence (i’ll be posting how to do it on a later post) 2-copy the file from c:\windows\panther\unattended\unattended.xml to c:\temp\phase1.xml 3- continue your task sequence and the setup and configure windows will happen… 4- once the restart countdown start copy the same file again to c:\temp\phase2.xml now it is time to leave the installation to happen and your task sequence to finish and troubleshoot your xml files… couple of problems i already found when customizing the xml: 1- order of the items… when…

Error 401 while connecting to DP

Hi All, During a new build of a test machine using Windows 7 SP1 x64, we had a requirement to add the machine to a workgroup instead of domain. At 1st, it was really easy task, we duplicated the existing and working task sequence and changed the domain information to add to a workgroup instead of a domain and started testing. For our surprise, it failed. On IIS logs, I could see that client (on a WinPE) tried to download the wim file and fails (access denied). Once fail, it connects using the Network Access Account and download worked fine. it applied the wim file and download extra packages without any issue. machine was rebooted and installed the client, once done, another reboot and try to install an app and it failed. looking at the datatransfer log we saw access denied (error 401) CAutoImpersonate::ImpersonateUser Sending PROPFIND request using URL http://SERVERFQDN:80/SMS_DP_SMSPKG$/Content_b8f4d18c-2364-4226-8857-06c0047724eb.1…