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Archive for February, 2012


Dynamically Installing Applications Using Configuration Manager with MDT

I’ve written a few blogs in the past on using a little known feature in MDT where you can deploy applications based on the previous inventory.  This a fairly unknown feature that’s been around in BDD/MDT for quite some time.

Here is a previous post on the subject.

Brad Tucker over on The Deployment Guys blog has a nice fresh post on the subject using ConfigMgr 2012.

Read his post here.


Back to Basics: Permissions needed in AD to “mess” with computers during OS Deployment

Mikael Nystrom created a nice post on what permissions are needed in Active Directory for OSD.

Read his post here.


Using MBAM to start BitLocker Encryption in a Task Sequence

The Deployment Guys have a nice new post on using the Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring tool.

Read the full post here.

Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) provides features to manage BitLocker encryption of computers in an enterprise.  More information on MBAM can be found here.

BitLocker creates recovery information at the time of encryption and MBAM stores that information in the recovery data store. While MBAM can update its recovery data store when the agent is installed on a system that is already encrypted, it is preferable to have MBAM control the encryption process.  MBAM Encryption is controlled by Group Policy.  Group Policy is not applied during a SCCM Task Sequence.  It is possible to have MBAM start encryption during the task sequence, the techniques are described in the following whitepaper Using MBAM Data Encryption With MDT


Win32_Product Is Evil

Greg Ramsey has been a roll lately with blog posts.  He’s published another really great read over on his blog. 

"I’m a bit of a fan of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), but today’s post is a bit of a ‘buyer beware’.  I’ll sum it up, and then provide some detail and give you some ideas of where this can be a very bad thing"

Read his full post here.


How To: Inject Drivers from USB During a ConfigMgr Operating System Task Sequence

Fellow MVP Greg Ramsey has put up a really great post on injecting drivers from USB during a Task Sequence.

Read the full post here.

ConfigMgr OSD does a great job of injecting drivers ‘on the fly’ into your OS Deployment process. For example, you can create task sequence steps with conditional statements to apply drivers for a specific model. That’s great for your standard build, but how do you handle those one-offs, those non-standard builds? Here’s a process that you can you for those non-standard builds, or for that hardware that you’re testing, but haven’t quite committed to being a standard yet.  All we need is a vbScript, raw drivers, and an additional step in your task sequence (haven’t tested with MDT, but should work there as well). The following process ONLY works on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. If there is enough demand, I’ll create a similar script for previous Operating System versions.



Deployment Fundamentals For IT Pros

Three chapters from “Deployment Fundamentals for IT Pros”, written by Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom is currently available for free.

Visit if you want to purchase Vol 1 or Vol 2.

Check out the book here!



System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Database Requirements – 4/26/2012

The below requirements are the listed requirements as of 4/26/2012 for ConfigMgr 2012.

Make sure to review the supported configurations on the TechNet site.

SQL Server Versions

  • SQL Server 2008 SP2 with CU9 (Standard or Enterprise)
  • SQL Server 2008 SP3 with CU4 (Standard or Enterprise)
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and CU6 (Standard or Enterprise)
  • SQL Server Express 2008 R2 with SP1 and CU4 (Secondary Sites)

NOTE: If you use SQL Server Standard, your CAS will only support 50k clients

Database Collation

ConfigMgr 2012 requires SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS collation.


SQL Server Features

  • Only Database Engine Services is required. SQL Server replication is not needed.
  • Windows Authentication is required.
  • You must use a dedicated instance of SQL server.
  • It is HIGHLY recommended to limit the amount of memory assigned to SQL.

Understanding the new content library store in 5 minutes

Fellow MVP Kent Agerlund has a great post on the new content library in Configuration Manager 2012.  This topic came up on a email distribution list today.

Check out his post here.