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Sample Build and Capture Operating System Image Task Sequence

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Use the table as a guide as you create a task sequence to build and capture an operating system image. The table will help you decide the general sequence for your task sequence steps and how to organize and structure those task sequence steps into logical groups.

ImportantImportant
You should always use the New Task Sequence Wizard to create this type of task sequence.

The task sequence you create may vary from this sample and can contain more or less task sequence steps and groups.

Sample build and capture operating system image task sequence

When you use the New Task Sequence Wizard to create this new task sequence some of the task sequence step names are different than what they would be if you manually added these task sequence steps to an existing task sequence. The following table displays the naming differences:

 

New Task Sequence Wizard Task Sequence Step name Equivalent Task Sequence Editor Step Name

Restart in Windows PE

Reboot to Windows PE or hard disk

Partition Disk 0

Format and Partition Disk

Apply Device Drivers

Auto Apply Drivers

Install Updates

Install Software Updates

Join Workgroup

Join Domain or Workgroup

Prepare ConfigMgr Client

Prepare ConfigMgr Client for Capture

Prepare Operating System

Prepare Windows for Capture

Capture the Reference Machine

Capture Operating System Image

Sample Build and Capture Task sequence:

 

Task Sequence Group/Step Reference

Build the Reference Computer - (New Task Sequence Group)

You can create a task sequence group using the task sequence editor. A task sequence group helps keep similar task sequence steps together for better organization and error control.

This group contains the actions necessary to build a reference computer.

Restart in Windows PE

Use this task sequence step to specify restart options for the target computer that will receive this task sequence. This step will display a message to the user that the computer will be restarted so that the installation can continue.

This step uses the read-only _SMSTSInWinPE task sequence variable. If the associated value equals false the task sequence step will continue.

Partition Disk 0

This task sequence step specifies the actions necessary to format the hard drive on the target computer. The default disk number is 0.

This step uses the read-only _SMSTSClientCache task sequence variable. This step will run if the Configuration Manager 2007 client cache does not exist.

Apply Operating System

Use this task sequence step to install a specified operating system image on a target computer. This step applies all volume images contained in the WIM file to the corresponding sequential disk volume on the target computer after first deleting all files on that volume (with the exception of Configuration Manager 2007-specific control files).

Apply Windows Settings

Use this task sequence step to configure the Windows settings configuration information for the target computer.

Apply Network Settings

Use this task sequence step to specify the network or workgroup configuration information for the target computer.

Apply Device Drivers

This task sequence step allows you to match and install drivers as part of an operating system deployment. You can allow Windows Setup to search all existing driver categories by selecting Consider drivers from all categories or limit which driver categories Windows Setup should search by selecting Limit driver matching to only consider drivers in selected categories.

This step uses the read-only _SMSTSMediaType task sequence variable. If the associated value does not equal FullMedia this task sequence step will run.

Setup Windows and ConfigMgr

Use this task sequence step to install the Configuration Manager 2007 client software. Configuration Manager 2007 installs and registers the Configuration Manager 2007 client GUID. You can assign the necessary installation parameters in the Installation properties window.

Install Updates

Use this task sequence step to specify how software updates should be installed on a target computer. The target computer is not evaluated for applicable software updates until this task sequence step runs. At that point, the target computer is evaluated for software updates as any other Configuration Manager 2007-managed client.

This step uses the read-only _SMSTSMediaType task sequence variable. If the associated value does not equal FullMedia this task sequence step will run.

Capture the Reference Computer - (New Task Sequence Group)

You can create a task sequence group using the task sequence editor. A task sequence group helps keep similar task sequence steps together for better organization and error control.

This group contains the necessary steps to prepare and capture a reference computer.

Join Workgroup

Use this task sequence step to specify information needed to have the target computer join a workgroup.

Prepare ConfigMgr Client for Capture

This task sequence step takes the Configuration Manager 2007 client on the reference computer and prepares it for capture as part of the imaging process

Prepare Operating System

Use this task sequence step to specify the Sysprep options to use when capturing Windows settings from the reference computer. This task sequence step runs Sysprep and then reboots the computer into the Windows PE boot image specified for the task sequence.

Capture Operating System Image

Use this task sequence step to enter a specific existing network share and .WIM file to use when saving the image. This location is used as the package source location when adding an operating system image package using the Add Operating System Image Package Wizard. It is also referenced on the Operating System Images - Data Source Tab of the properties of the Operating System Package you add.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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