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SCCM2012 OSD usb offline now 90mins?

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Hi

After months of headaches and being side tracked i've now got sccm osd via offline usb 99% there !

Prior to me adding in some small apps (citrix receiver plus 2 other small ones), and an additoinal local admin account and keyboard localised uk settings it's now gone on the go slow.

So before the fine tuning 30 mins to install win7 via usb 3.0 stick, "out of the box install".

now 1 hour 30 mins..

Citrix receiver manually takes 5 mins max, and surely configuring an extra local admin account and keyboard local would take 5 mins real time plus trend anti virus about 5-10 mins max?

So 30 mins to 1 hours 30 mins??


The setup takes an extra 30 /40 minutes at this stage now -

"setup will continue after restarting your computer" it literally sits here for ages !


All drivers everything works though... and I do have option of if drivers/apps fail ignore and continue selected - but
all apps and driver install fine.


Thoughts?

where /how should i begin to troubleshoot ?

thanks
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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Disable citrix install and see.

In fact disable all apps/programs and see. Your problem may be because of the drivers.

Also does the PC finally boot by itself after a long time. You may be able to find the reason in smsts.log . This log will tell you what steps were running at what time. But first I would like to disable all apps/programs before going ahead.
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First you need to enable command line in your boot image and then watch the smsts.log. Press F8 on boot image to get in the prompt. It is before when it asks you to select the task sequence. Generally, when the command prompt is open, Task Sequence will not reboot the machine and you can read the log. Do not use notepad etc to read SCCM logs as it does not refresh the contents.

You need to use a log viewer called cmtrace.exe . This is located on x:\sms\bin\x64\cmtrace.exe in the boot command prompt screen.

You need to open smsts.log and smsts.lo_ files in it. This file is moved in many places as it is moved at certain stages. A brief description is here.

http://richardbalsley.com/location-of-smsts-log-when-using-configuration-manager-operating-system-deployment


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    Windows PE before HDD format: x:\windows\temp\smstslog\smsts.log
    Windows PE after HDD format: x:\smstslog\smsts.log and copied to c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
    Full version Windows before SCCM agent installed: c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
    Full version Windows after SCCM agent installed: c:\windows\system32\ccm\logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
    Full version Windows (x64) after SCCM agent installed: c:\windows\sysWOW64\ccm\logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
    After Task Sequence has finished running: c:\windows\system32\ccm\logs\smsts.log
    After Task Sequence has finished running (x64): c:\windows\sysWOW64\ccm\logs\smsts.log
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You may be able to copy this file to a USB or a network location if it has some errors that don't seem to be very obvious.
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Michael Murphy earned 0 total points
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Hi

I have managed to find the fault - however to my knowledge where I was having the problem you can't invoke the F8 command - only during the task sequence in win p.e can you do this.

The problem was to do with the custom settings file - .xml for the operating system.

I removed that and the build works fine, back to 35 mins now including applications.

As alternative to the .xml file i recaptured the .wim file with local settings applied and this has worked fine.

thanks all
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by:Michael Murphy
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fixed my own problem
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