Walid Hegazy

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System center configuration manager 2012 R2 (Part 11) Operating System Deployment 1/2

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During this first part of SCCM2012 R2 OSD we will see how to prepare our SCCM for OSD an how to capture our customized OS to use it in the next post as a reference image.


From the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 console, click on Administration workspace, Servers and Site system roles, right click Distribution point and click properties.


From the PXE tab, check the box “Enable PXE support for clients“. Click on Yes for the warning box.



Select Allow this DP to respond to incoming PXE requests, Enable unknown computer support, an unknown computer may be a computer that is not discovered Configuration Manager


Select require a password when computers use PXE, we added 12345 for now

Distribute the Boot Images to DP

Before we distribute the Boot images we will edit their settings, From the Software Library, expand Operating system, Click Boot Images. Right click Boot Image (X64) and click on Properties.


From the Customization Select the box enable Command Support (testing only). Click on Apply.


On Data Source tab and make sure the option Deploy this boot image from the PXE-enabled DP is enabled. Click OK.


Repeat the same for Boot Image (x86).

Select each one of the boot images, click Distribute Content


 Distribute content wizard will appear, click Next.


Click Add Select Distribution point.

Select the Distribution point, Click OK, click Next.


On the summary, click Next

Click Close


Repeat the same for Boot Image (x86).

You can check if these boot images are available to DP by checking the Content Status in the Monitoring workspace of each boot image. Under Completion Statistics.


Configure the Network Access Account

The primary function of this Network access account is to access the network resources. The access level can be “domain users” and that would suffice for the account to work fine in accessing any resources over the network. (With proper permissions)

On Administration workspace, expand Overview, expand Site Configuration, click Sites, click Configure Site Components, and click Software Distribution.


Click on the tab Network Access Account, choose Specify the account that accesses network locations


Click on the orange icon and add the user account. Click on OK.

Capturing Reference Operating System Image by SCCM2012 R2

You may want to capture an image of a manually installed Reference computer and Configuration Manager 2012 R2 provides method of doing just that called Capture Media. This media is created as an ISO file which you burn directly to cd/DVD or mount in a virtual machine and use.


The machine you want to capture the image from must not be joined to a domain or the Sysprep will fail.

Creating the capture media

From the Software Library, expand Overview, expand Operating Systems, right click Task Sequences and click on Create Task Sequence Media.



Select the type of media as Capture Media. Click Next.


Select CD/DVD, Click Browse and save the capture media with .iso extension. Click on Next.


Select the Boot Image by clicking on Browse. Select Boot Image (x86) and for DP click on Browse and select the desired DP. Click Next.


Click Next.


Click Close.


Repeat the same for the Boot Image (x64).

Now the .ISO we will be using for OS capture is created.

Capture the Reference image

Will now mount the capture media .ISO on the windows 7 machine and run the image capture wizard. We have a sample Workgroup virtual machine with windows 7 Enterprise OS that we will capture.


Click Run TSMBAutorun.exe.


On the Image Capture Wizard. Click on Next.


For the Image Destination we will select local path on the same machine because the machine is not connected to the network, if you select to copy it to UNC path on the SCCM server directly you will need to add User Name with access to that share.


Fill the image information, Click Next.


On the Summary Click Next.


We can see that the sysprep command start running.


Then the Machine will restart.


Then will load the WinPE files




The windows 7 OS image has been captured and saved to the destination folder. Click on OK.


Import the Reference Image

To import the Reference operating system image, right click Operating System Images, click on Add Operating System Image.


Enter the path where the captured .wim file is present. Click on Next.


The name and version are detected automatically, click on Next.


On the Summary Click Next.


Click on Close.



see you in the next part


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