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Can't add task sequence on usb media

Posted on 2011-05-10
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Last Modified: 2013-11-21
Hello All,

This one is driving me crazy..  I can build the os, capture the os, create task sequences, and finally add them to a standalone boot media.   However, I can only do this for CD/DVD ISOs.  I cannot get the USB flash drive to be recognized by SCCM.    I right click the task sequence and select "Create Task Sequence Media".   I choose "stand-alone media".   Finally.. it auto picks CD/DVD.   I manually pick USB but says it can't be null.    The server indeed picks up the drive though.

I tried this on the console that exists on the SMS primary site server.  I tried this on a  sccm console on my own workstation.   I can't get it to light up.   This would make my life so much easier if we can do this :)

SCCM 2007 R2

Any ideas?   Thank you all for any input
Question by:SA-mattman
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Expert Comment

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There are some more details at the link below, but basically you have to go manual.  SCCM isn't engineered to work with USB, so you have to do all of this via custom code.
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Kezzi earned 252 total points
ID: 35736165
There is a utility called WinToFlash which can take any bootable CD/DVD and convert/copy it to Flash USB drives so that they are bootable like the CD.

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MarkieS earned 248 total points
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The USB stick has to be formatted using Win7 or Win2k8

I'll post some further details using DISPART tomorrow...  Off work today!!
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Author Comment

ID: 35736901
I've seen 3 good options that can be a work around such as..

1) WinFlash (as Kezzi pointed out)
2) YUMI  Multiboot USB Creator
3)  unetbootin

These all appear to be good alternatives.   However, I can't understand why Microsoft's own USB media creator won't work.   SCCM isn't exactly cheap..  I would hope to utilize tools it has should have for that sake.

Markie, I tried formatting with ntfs and exfat.   Neither would still show me the drive :(  Thanks

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SA-mattman earned 0 total points
ID: 35736999
I figured out what was going on..  both hard drives I tried were considers mass storage devices and not removable storage devices.  I found a smaller sandisk drive that was picked up as a removable storage device.  I plugged it in and it was detected just fine by sccm.

Thanks all though.

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