System Center 2007 – Deploy Windows Image

First of all make sure you have your .wim File on a Network Share. Then you can start SCCM and and add your .wim file.

Make a right click on your Folder where you want to import your image and then say "Add Operating System Image". Type in the UNC path to the Image. In this example the .wim file calls "W8EE64GRP".

sccm01

After successfull import you can create a "Distribution Point". Click on the before imported image and create a new Distribution Point.

02distributionpoint

Select your Distribution Point.

03distributionpoint

Now we can create a Tast Sequence. In my case i have allredy a present Task Sequence. So i can Duplicate this one. If you haven't a Task Sequence you can create a new.

04tasksequence

In the Task Sequence change the Image file and the unattend.xml if present.

05tasksequence

The next step will be to create a new Collection.

06collection

Now we must connect our Image with the Collection. We must now create a new Software Distribution Point. Click on your folder where you want to add the Advertise Task Sequence. Attention: Select "Advertise Task Sequence" not New – Task Sequence.

07software_distribution

Select the before created Task Sequence and the before created Collection. Also make sure you checked "Make this task sequence availible to boot media and PXE". If you forget this your PXE Boot will not work. You can save yourself much time if you check this now. πŸ˜‰

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You must create "Mandatory assigments". In my case i checked the three checkboxes all.

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That should it be for now. You can now add a computer to your Collection and try to boot. Hopefully it will start your installation. πŸ™‚

 

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Android SDK on Windows 8

First download the Android SDK from here.

Extract all the files to your prefered location and open a CMD prompt. Change to following path and type in following command. For example


cd C:\Users\bw\Downloads\android\sdk\tools

.\android.bat

Now in the Android SDK Manager you can install all your needed SDKs. Also check the USB Drivers.

If you use fastboot you can now put following path to your PATH variable, so you can use fastboot in your Terminal without type in the whole path.


C:\Users\bw\Downloads\android\sdk\platform-tools

After that all should work. But for me the USB Drivers don’t work (for fastboot). Download the driver pack from this site and extract it. Now connect your Device in Fastboot Mode and in the Device Manager update the driver and give the location from the driver pack.

 

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Windows 8 – Change account Picture

You can change the default account image in Windows 8. You should have following images in the given size and format.

Guest.bmp 488×488
Guest.png 488×488
User.bmp 488×488
User.png 488×488
User-200.png 200×200
User-40.png 40×40

If you have all pictures you can replace these files on your local installation under this path. Please note: You must take ownership to overwrite these files.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures

Also you must delete all files in this folder. Again you must take ownership first.

C:\Windows\winsxs\******_microsoft-windows-usertiles-client_****
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Windows 8 Deploy – Apply Theme

If you deploy your Windows 8 you can customize your theme. You must do all the following things at your default user. First of all configure your theme (apply color shema and other stuff). After that save your Theme. You can find it now under following path:


C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

Copy the Theme now to following folder:


C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

Now go to Control Panel – Personalization and change your theme from the user themes to the theme in your Windows Default Themes. After that you must change your unattend.xml. Add following to your unattend.xml and add the ThemeName you have choosen before. After that all should work. πŸ™‚

win8_theme

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Windows 8 – Change login background

To change the login wallpaper on Windows 8 you must do some little steps. First of all replace the default login wallpaper with your wallpaper. Your wallpaper should have following name: img100.png

Place it on following location and replace the existing file: C:\Windows\Web\Screen\

Please note: You must take ownership first, before you can overwrite the default wallpaper.

After that you must delete following directory: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\SystemData\S…

Please note:Β You must take ownership first, before you can delete the directory.

Now you must give the System user Full Control rights to the SystemData directory. After that you can restart your computer and you should have the new login background. πŸ™‚

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Windows 8 – Create Image for Deploy

Setup

  • Computername: xyz-pc
  • Settings Customize: Disable Sharing
  • Local Account: fhguest

Configuration

  • Install all updates
  • Customize design
  • Set IE Shortcut on Quick Launch (Set your Homepage)
  • Activate Windows
     slmgr.vbs /skms xxxx.xxxx.xxx slmgr.vbs /ato 
  • Disable Action Center Notifications (expect Virus and Spyware)
  • Remove Metro Apps
  • Disable Browser Choice
  • Install Firefox (set Homepage)
  • Install Chrome (set Homepage)
  • Install Java
  • Install Forefront Anti Virus
  • Create Temp Folder C:\Temp (Give Everyone Read and Write Access)
  • Install AIS Copy AIS Icon to C:\Windows\system32 Shortcut to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Startmenu
  • Install FHV Fonts
  • Customize your Metro Start Desing and Quick Launch Shortcuts
  • Allow Remote Desktop Connection
  • Enable .Net 3.5
     dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess 
  • Disalbe Windows Store
  • Install Office 2013 and German Language Pack (Set Template location in options)
  • Install App-V Client and configure it.
     Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted Import-Module AppvClient Add-AppvPublishingServer -Name app-v.uclv.xxx -URL http://app-v.uclv.xxx:12346 
  • Change background from login screen
  • Add VPN Connection
  • Enable Remote Desktop
  • Install U-EV
  • Set Power Options
  • Install TightVNC
  • Disable Security Question for AIS
    securityquestion
  • Enterprise Vault Plugin
  • MenΓΌ nach Rechts aufklappen lassen

If you are finished you can Copy your current profile. Todo so, login as administrator and goto C:\Users

Make sure you select to show hidden files and folders. Delete the Default Profile. Copy your Profile from your last user, where you customized all the settings. Rename the copied user folder to “Default”. After that you can make this folder hidden. If you after that create a user all settings should be how you created. If you make a Sysprep and deploy the image every (local) user have after deploy this configuration.

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Windows 8 – Create and Apply Windows Image

First of all i save all files to a network share. It makes all a bit easier. Create following two files on the root of the network share.

CreatePartitionsUEFI.txt

rem == CreatePartitions-UEFI.txt ==
rem == These commands are used with DiskPart to
rem create five partitions
rem for a UEFI/GPT-based computer.
rem Adjust the partition sizes to fill the drive
rem as necessary. ==
select disk 0
clean
convert gpt
rem == 1. Windows RE tools partition ===============
create partition primary size=300
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter="T"
set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
rem == 2. System partition =========================
create partition efi size=100
rem ** NOTE: For Advanced Format 4Kn drives,
rem change this value to size = 260 **
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
assign letter="S"
rem == 3. Microsoft Reserved (MSR) partition =======
create partition msr size=128
rem == 4. Windows partition ========================
rem == a. Create the Windows partition ==========
create partition primary
rem == b. Create space for the recovery image ===
shrink minimum=15000
rem ** NOTE: Update this size to match the size
rem of the recovery image **
rem == c. Prepare the Windows partition =========
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter="W"
rem === 5. Recovery image partition ================
create partition primary
format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"
assign letter="R"
set id="de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac"
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
list volume
exit

ApplyImageUEFI.bat

rem These commands copy the selected image file to
rem predefined hard disk partitions on a UEFI-based computer.

rem Usage:   ApplyImage WimFileName 
rem Example: ApplyImage E:\Images\ThinImage.wim

rem === Copy the image to the recovery image partition =======================
copy %1 R:\install.wim

rem === Apply the image to the Windows partition =============================
dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:R:\install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:W:\

rem === Copy the Windows RE Tools to the Windows RE Tools partition ==========
md T:\Recovery\WindowsRE
copy W:\windows\system32\recovery\winre.wim T:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim

rem === Copy boot files from the Windows partition to the System partition ===
bcdboot W:\Windows

rem === In the System partition, set the location of the Windows partition ===
W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setosimage /path R: /target W:\Windows /index 1

rem === In the System partition, set the location of the WinRE tools =========
W:\Windows\System32\reagentc /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE /target W:\Windows

Now we want to save our Image from the Master PC. We must start Sysprep first.

C:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep /generalize /shutdown /oobe

Then start your PC with the Windows PE USB Stick or CD.

Now you can connect your network share like this:

net use n: \\your_server\your_share

Then we create the windows image file:

dism /capture-image /imagefile:N:\install.wim /capturedir:D:\ /Name:Windows

Please note: If your /capturedir is not automatically mounted you can do this with diskpart.

diskpart
select disk 0
list partition
select partition 2
assign letter D
exit

Please note: You can change the drive letter what you like. Don’t forget to change afterwards in your dism command.
Now your Image should be saved on your network share. Now it’s time to apply the image to another computer.

Start the other computer also with Windows PE. Mount your network share:

net use n: \\your_server\your_share

Now run following two commands:

diskpart /s n:\CreatePartitionsUEFI.txt
n:\ApplyImageUEFI.bat n:\install.wim

It’s possible that you get at the end some error. No matter i don’t know why they came up but it works! πŸ˜‰

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