The Curious case of OSD via SCCM ConfigMgr causing a network outage

Recently I deployed SCCM 2012 R2 for a customer mainly for the purpose of deploying desktop operating systems over the network.

Setup

A site server with a local SQL was deployed in the customer’s datacentre with the management point and distribution point role.  A distribution point server was deployed in the customers head office to services content (images) to pc’s on the local area network. read more

Create Custom Reports in SCCM based on SQL Queries

Today I had a request from a customer to create a custom report in Configuration Manager to meet their specific requirements.  Specifically, a report that would include:

  • Computer Name
  • Domain
  • User
  • Serial Number
  • Make and Model
  • OS
  • Site Code
  • Memory
  • Hard disk size
  • CPU Speed

First I needed to find a SQL query that would fulfil the above criteria.  I used the following query from the SMSUG.CA blog found here read more

Build & Capture a Windows 8.1 reference image using MDT 2013

I was about the write a blog post summarizing the steps the build & capture a Windows 8.1 reference image using MDT 2013.

However, I stumbled upon a great post from Gerry Hampson doing just that (well..with Windows 7):

Create customised reference image with MDT 2013 Lite Touch Build & Capture – 5 easy steps read more