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How to Create a Task Sequence to Install an Existing Operating System Image Package

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

You can create a task sequence to deploy an existing operating system image to a target computer by using the New Task Sequence Wizard. After you have created the task sequence, you can edit the task sequence by selecting the Task Sequences node, right-clicking the task sequence you want to change, and then clicking Edit to open the Task Sequence Editor.

Use the following procedure to create a new task sequence to install an existing operating system image.

Procedures

To create the operating system deployment new task sequence

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Operating System Deployment / Task Sequences.

  2. To start the New Task Sequence Wizard, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then click New/Task Sequence.

  3. On the Create a New Task Sequence page, select Install an existing image package, and then click Next.

  4. On the Task Sequence Information page, specify a descriptive name for the task sequence, and then add an optional comment. To specify the boot image that will be associated with the task sequence, click Browse to open the Select a Boot Image dialog box, select the boot image, and then click Next.

    ImportantImportant
    The boot image you specify must match the chip architecture installed on the target computer or the task sequence will fail.

  5. On the Install the Windows Operating System page, specify the operating system image package that will be used to install the operating system image by clicking Browse button to open the Select an Operating System Image dialog box, and then selecting the operating system package. If there are multiple images in the image package, use the drop-down to specify the Image that should be associated with the image package. To partition and format the target computer's hard disk prior to installing the operating system image, select the Partition and format the target computer before installing the operating system check box.

    ImportantImportant
    Do not select the option to format and partition the target computer hard disk if you have saved the user state locally or the saved user state will be erased. For more information about saving the user state locally on the target computer for in-place operating system deployment scenarios, see How to Save the User State Locally for In-place Operating System Deployments

  6. Additionally, on the Install the Windows Operating System page, specify the Windows Product key and Server license mode. If you specify Per server as the license mode, configure the Maximum server connections that will be permitted. You must also specify if the local administrator account should be disabled, or if you want to use the same administrator account for all target computers by selecting the appropriate option. Click Next.

  7. On the Configure the Network page, specify if the target computer will join a Workgroup or a Windows Domain.

    1. If you are adding the target computer to a Workgroup, you must type the name of the workgroup in the space provided.

    2. If you are adding the target computer to a Windows domain, click the Set button to open the Windows User Account dialog box and specify the user account and password that should be used to add the computer to the Windows domain. You must also specify the name of the Windows Domain and Windows Domain OU that the target computer will be added to by clicking the Browse button. Click Next.

  8. On the Install ConfigMgr page, click the Browse button to launch the Select a Package dialog box and select the Configuration Manager 2007 package that will be used to install the Configuration Manager 2007 client. Specify the Configuration Manager 2007 client installation properties that will be used in the Installation properties window. Click Next.

  9. Configure how you will save the user state information on the Configure State Migration page. Click the Browse button to select the USMT package that will be used to capture the user settings. Specify the configuration settings that will be captured by selecting the Capture network settings and capture Microsoft Windows settings check boxes. Click Next.

  10. On the Include Updates in Image page specify how the target computer will install assigned software updates by selecting the appropriate option.

  11. On the Install Software Packages page, click New to open the Program Select dialog box. Click Browse to open the Select a Package dialog box. Select the Configuration Manager 2007 packages you want to include, and then click OK. Use the drop down to select the associated programs that should be used.

  12. To complete the creation of the new task sequence, on the Summary page, click Next.

  13. To confirm that the new task sequence was created using the properties specified, review the confirmation on the Confirmation page.

  14. Click Close to close the New Task Sequence Wizard.

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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