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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…

MAP Toolkit – machine keeps rebooting – Resolved!

I really like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). In most cases it captures more information than my clients can provide at the kick-off of a project. It gives me the ability to get a very solid overview of the current desktop estate of a domain and drill down important information for the decision making process later in the project. For example, it will give me the model of all the PCs so we can plan for the number of machines that need to be replaced or upgraded, and a list of the software installed on the machines, which serves as an initial application discovery exercise. I always run it form my laptop, and for the first time I had to run it from a client machine as we are not allowed to connect to the network of this specific client, which is perfectly fine. The issue I am had…