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SCCM / MDT - Simplify deployment

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We are using a number of task sequences to deploy our corporate desktop build. Currently we are creating computer associations using the MAC address of the computer being built and then place it in a collection where the task sequence are is being advertised.

Next we boot from the CD and select the particular task sequence that we want to run. Once deployed we then need to remember to ensure that the computer is removed from the collection to prevent the task sequence being displayed to the computer thereafter.

This is obviously quite a lengthy process and relies upon giving everyone access to the SCCM console. We have also found that if the computer is being reinstalled then we need to delete the machine from SCCM before the task sequence can be seen (therefore losing historical data). Is there an easier way?



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Please note that task sequence should not run again automatically if you select during advertisement wizard  "never rerun advertisement program " in schedule step -> Program rerun behavior.

Please correct me if I didn't got your point: after deployment you'll have 2 records for machine name, one marked as obsolete and one not.

You need to know that When a client is flagged as obsolete it is also marked as inactive, The Delete Obsolete Client Discovery Data task deletes obsolete client records from the Configuration Manager 2007 site database. A record that is marked obsolete typically was superseded by a newer record for the same client. The newer record becomes the client's current record, and the older record becomes obsolete.

You need to go to Site Maintenance and enable the following tasks:
1- Delete Obsolete Client Discovery Data
2- Delete Inactive Client Discovery Data
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Thanks for the information. That will solve half the issue. I will update our task sequence to ensure it doesn't run again.

Is there any way to avoid having to create a record in SCCM with the MAC address when building machines?
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the option that you have is to enable Delete Obsolete Client Discovery Data and Delete Inactive Client Discovery Data tasks
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Sorry, I don't think you are picking me up correctly.

I want to be able to deploy the task sequence to the deploy the operating system to workstations without having to manually create a resource record in SCCM.

At the moment it needs an SCCM administrator to create the record for the deployment engineer to be able to build a machine. If there was a way to automate this but still deploy as a task sequence????

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Ok, now I got your point, sorry for miss understanding, for this scinario you need to deploy R2 in your configMgr if not deployed then you have to enable unknow computers on PXE role and advertise your task sequenct to unknow computer collection, but note that in this case no data migration scinario.
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For your referance:

About Unknown Computer Support for Operating System Deployment
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc431374.aspx

How to Enable Unknown Computer Support for Operating System Deployment
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc161877.aspx
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Hi,

That looks like want I want to achieve. We don't run PXE so I carried out the process for the boot disk.

When I boot I get the error 'Failed to Run Task Sequence', 'There are no task sequences available for your computer'.

We are running R2 SP2 and MDT.

I don't understand the mechanism by which the task sequence should advertise to this 'unknown' computer. Should all task sequences be automatically advertised?
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Excellent, I realised my mistake. Although we are not using PXE, the unknown computer is part of that. I realised that we do not need to enable PXE, just the unknown computer support.

The collection was created and I sent the advertisement to it!

Fantastic!

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