SCCM 2012 - How to customize a capture image
Posted on 2014-02-04
Hello, fellow experts!
I'm looking for some input on a quick way to customize a capture image using SCCM 2012 R2.
To start, I already have several task sequences developed:
1) Capture Image Task Sequence
2) OS Deployment Task Sequence -- used to deploy both Windows 7 and install all software in a single go.
3) "Software only" task sequence -- used to install all applications on an OS that has been manually installed.
Currently, we're having SCCM install the OS in a PXE boot, and then installing each application one at a time. It goes through this process on each PC we deploy.
What I'm looking to do is make our OS imaging process faster and more efficient by including the software that we know that will be on every PC on the capture image, so that the install process does not need to do it each and every time.
When I launch the "Capture Image" task sequence, it boots into Windows 7 so that we can customize what we need. What I'd like to somehow accomplish is launching the "software only" task sequence that I've set up in the capture image. However, SCCM does not seem to detect the PC as an "unknown" PC even though it's not in AD or Config Manager.
I read that in order to capture an image, the PC must not be joined to a domain. I've tried that anyway as well, and it doesn't work.
Aside from manually installing each application, is there a way to deploy a task sequence to a capture image, or can anyone suggest a better way of accomplishing and managing this?