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SCCM: How to enable Command console in WinPE

21 Oct

To troubleshoot SCCM OSD problems it is very handy to have Command console enabled. Basically what it does, it gives you a command prompt in WinPE. This allows you to do basic troubleshooting but the main thing for me is that it allows me to copy Task Sequence log file to USB drive, so I can check it for errors.

To enable this feature open Configuration Manager Console (more…)

SCCM: An error occured while starting the task sequence (0x80070032)

21 Oct

When deploying image to the machine you receive the following error:
An error occurred while starting the task sequence (0x80070032).

The task sequence start running fine. It creates the partition, formats it and fails straight away when it starts applying the image.

Looking at the smsts.log file you can see the following: (more…)

SCCM: WinPE NIC drivers for Dell E6400

29 Sep

The new Dell E6400 gives some troubles while trying to OSD it. The drivers provided by Dell does not work. You can import XP drivers but not Vista. SCCM WinPE is based on Vista so you’ll need Vista drivers. without drivers the system will boot to WinPE but then it will restart.

The correct drivers can be found on Intel website.
Download both 32 and 64 bit drivers.
Once downloaded extract PRO1000 folder from both files. I used WinRar for that.

Place these to folder somewhere where your SCCM server could access them and import them to SCCM. Yuo can read on importing drivers here. You don’t have to create driver package. The only thing you need is to add the drivers to Boot images and update distribution points.

SCCM R2 Evaluation ready for download

02 Sep

SCCM: System reboots after loading WinPE

10 Jul

So you are trying to OSDnew machine using SCCM. The machine boots from PXE and starts loading WinPE. You see WinPE SCCM background image with a window ‘Windows is starting up‘ after that you briefly see message ‘Preparing network connection‘. The message disappears and you only see the background, and then system reboots.

In the task sequence log file smsts.log you find the error messages:
Failed to download pxe variable file. Code(0x00000001)
PxeGetPxeData failed with 0x80004005

This means that WinPE Boot image does not have required network card(NIC) driver in order to access SCCM servers.

To solve the problem, you have to download NIC drivers and add them to Boot image. I have created a separate post how to do that.

SCCM: How to Import Drivers, create driver packages and add them to WinPE boot images

10 Jul

First do the following:
a. Download and extract the drivers to a network share
b. Create a network share that will be used for drivers storage.(I’ve created this on one of the SCCM servers)

Once you have the thing above you can Open Configuration Manager Console
1. Go to Computer Management>Operating Systems Deployment>Drivers
2. Now you can right click on Drivers and choose import but I would recommend first to create some kind of folder structure(like model\device) as this will make things easier in the future. Once you have folders created right click on it and select Import.

SCCM: Image Capture Wizard has failed with error code (0x80070020)

08 Jul

During image capture process you receive the following error:
Image Capture Wizard has failed with error code (0x80070020). For more information, please contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.

This error might appear at any time during the image capture procedure.

In the smsts.log the following messaged error are logged:
Failed to run the action: Capture the Reference Machine.
The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. (Error: 80070020; Source: Windows)

The execution of the group (Capture the Reference Machine) has failed and the execution has been aborted. An action failed.
Operation aborted (Error: 80004004; Source: Windows)

Failed to run the last action: Capture the Reference Machine. Execution of task sequence failed.
The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. (Error: 80070020; Source: Windows)

As you can see from the error messages the problem is caused by inaccessible file. In my case capture wizard could not access the files located in HP restore partition. Because restore partinion was not needed l I’ve deleted it and image capture ran OK.

SCCM: How to Create Stand-alone media

23 Jun

First off all why would you need a Stand-alone media? The answer is simple this would be the only fast way to image remote or local PC that does not have connection to the network.
Basically Stand-alone media puts the OS image and the software packages onto CD, DVD or USB stick. The only thing that you need then is just to send the media to user. The user inserts CD, DVD or USB stick into computer and in 10-30 minutes computer is ready. (Well that should work in theory 🙂 ) (more…)

How to uninstall software if it is not listed in Add or Remove Programs

06 Jun

Very often I’m being asked a question “How to uninstall software if it is not listed in Add or Remove Programs ?” or “Is the an alternative way of removing programs ?”

The procedure is very simple and here are the steps: (more…)

SCCM: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Update

23 May

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Update is available for download.

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