SCCM 2012 R2 – Include Client Hotfix or Cumulative Update while on OSD

Refer to this Blog post, I decided to create a new one about including Hotfixes in OSD. Specially the new Release of SCCM 2012 R2 brings an annoying issue with extremly slow Downloads while on OSD ( ; this Hotfix superseding the KB2905002 which was first used in this blog).

There are two nice ways, how to apply Hotfixes like this to the Client while on OSD, one is documented and thus supported, the other one does just work 🙂 Continue reading

SCCM 2012 R2 – OSD Error 0x87d00267

Hi, here’s Martin again.
Well, as written in a recent Blog Post (, I was thinking of, that the Problem should be resolved, but we had still the same issues.
Cause of we had nailed down the Problem to the Network, someone came up with the idea to set the Network Speed of the NIC instead of using auto configuration. Continue reading

SCCM 2012 R2 – BYOD with Windows To Go and Bitlocker in Enterprise

Hi there, here’s Martin again.

My last Blog Post was about to create a Windows 8.1 To Go deployment with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2, and which configurations are required or are nice to set. In this Blog post, I tell you about how I expand the Task Sequence with enabling Bitlocker for the Windows ToGo and how to set a computername. Continue reading

SCCM 2012 R2 – Speed up and slow down reboot in one step!

What do I want to say with this sentence, because for the first sight, it makes not a lot sense, but if we looking deeper…
With System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 the Task Sequences got a new step called “Set Dynamic Variables”. With this, you can set variables a lot easier than before, and you can set multiple TS variables in one step. Continue reading

SCCM 2012 R2 – Windows 8.1 To Go deployment

Today I would like to tell about my struggles when I tried to implement Windows 8.1 Togo with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2.
First, I would highly recommend to use this TechNet article as starting Point:
Let me Point out two hints to this “How to”:
1. Do not forget to set the Task Sequence Variable “SMSTSPreferredAdvertID”! (See TechNet link above)
2. You can really use your normal Task Sequence, but… see my TS Settings for Windows 8.1 Togo below.
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SCCM 2012 – Task Sequence Fails – It’s the Updates, dude!

Hi, here’s Martin again.
It’s the Updates, dude!

Today a fine TS for installing a Windows Server 2012 isn’t running through anymore. After some investigations, it was caused of a Patch/Update, that needs to reboot the System twice. This double reboot can’t be recognized from the SCCM Task Sequence, and after the second boot, the Machine just fails to load the Task Sequence, and will exiting the TS.

Look at this KB Article to solve Problems with those double reboots: