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ConfigMgr 2012 Update Manegement: no more long rebuilding of reference images…

Hi everyone,

A common practice is once Patches are released for deployment, the reference images need to be rebuilt to have all required patches installed in your reference image.

Even though this is not something that needs to be monitored once it worked well in the past, it is a very time consuming process.

An alternative way is to use dism.exe to do it yourself, but that requried manual labour which will eliminate the benefits of having as much as possible automated.

Finally, ConfigMgr 2012 has the option to inject Patches to an image automatically without rerunning a build and capture Task Sequence to have the updates installed.

The Offline Service Manager allows you to inject updates to a reference image and will update te image for you.

Once finished all you need to is updating your Distribution Points and you’re finished…

This allows you to redefine your update strategy and have it done quickly.

In my opinion, I would not even consider using the ‘Install Updates’ task in any Task Sequence which will increase deployments dramatically…

 

 

ConfigMgr Patch Management: how to prevent downloading patches for Itanium versions of Windows

During my career so far, I haven’t seen any Itanium based servers being used.

However, when deploying Patches using ConfigMgr, those patches are published and available in Software Updates.

Usually I have to set up new ConfigMgr Sites or introduce Patch Management in existing ones.

The most common strategy is to use Search Folders to have the required updates displayed for furter processing.

Especially for servers, the ones for Itanium architectures are there too but are not required.

Using ConfigMgr 2012, to filter them out in your search you can use the criteria ‘Title’.

In the text string fill in ‘Itanium’ (without the quotes) and modify the rule to ‘does not contain’.

The result is that all updates with the word ‘Itanium’ will not be displayed.

You can further process the other Updates as usual…

 

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit integration in ConfigMgr, doubts are gone…

In the past I saw a lot of administrators and specialists using MDT integration in ConfigMgr in order to simplify deployments for client and server Operating Systems.

What made me really skeptical was that trying to understand each step made it pretty difficult to use it in an proper way.

Not to mention that in most environments it was really poorly documented which prevented me from investigating and trying to understand what an MDT Task Sequence was really doing.

If I asked about limitations for not using MDT integration, then nobody could give me a well-motivated answer.

The closest answer was ‘because it Microsoft’s Best Practice’. Further explaining could not be given…

Finally I have the opportunity to integrate MDT 2012 RC1 into a ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 test environment to see if I could get rid of my skepticism and see for myself.

What many people state is that using an MDT Task Sequence is a big time saver because a lot of functions are available for you which you have to develop by yourself.

To get rid of the poorly documented experiences I’ve decided to write down mine and see if I can share it with you…

Conclusion: my doubts are gone now. If people would have a bit more discipline in documenting their experiences, then it would have been much easier.

However we all know that documenting is not everyone’s favourite cup of tea…

Stay tuned for more…

Marc

 

 

 

 

 
 
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