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How to Create a Task Sequence to Build and Capture an Operating System Image

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 task sequence to build and capture operating system image for use with operating system deployment 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 and right-clicking on the task sequence you want to change and selecting Edit to launch the Task Sequence Editor.

Use the following procedure to create a new task sequence to build and capture operating system image:

Procedures

To create a new build and capture 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 Build and capture a reference operating system image and click Next.

  4. On the Task Sequence Information page, specify descriptive name for the task sequence and add an optional comment. Specify the boot image that will be associated with the task sequence by clicking the Browse button to launch the Select a Boot Image dialog box and select the boot image. Click Next.

    ImportantImportant
    The boot image you specify must match the chip architecture installed on the target computer and the chip architecture specified in the operating system install package or the task sequence will fail.

  5. On the Install Windows Operating System page, specify the operating system install package that will be used to install the operating system by clicking the Browse button to launch the Select an Operating System Install Package dialog box and selecting the operating system install package. If there are multiple Editions associated with the operating system install package, use the drop-down to specify the edition that should be included with this task sequence.

  6. Additionally, on the Install the Windows Operating System page, specify the Windows Product key and Server license mode (if necessary). If you specify Per server as the license mode, configure the Maximum server connections that will be permitted. By default the local administrator account will be disabled, if you want to Always use the same administrator account for the computers that will run this task sequence, select the always use the same administrator password option and provide the password that will be used. 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 launch 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. The account you specify must have domain join permissions in the Windows domain you want to add the computer. 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. On the Include Updates in Image page specify how the target computer will install assigned software updates by selecting the appropriate option.

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

  11. On the System Preparation page specify the Configuration Manager 2007 package that contains the Sysprep tool. The sysprep tool specified must support the operating system install package version selected in step 5.

  12. On the Image Properties page specify identifying information that will be associated with task sequence you are creating.

  13. On the Capture Image page, specify where the captured operating system image will be saved on the network. You can click the Browse button to search for a location or type in the path using UNC format. Click the Set button to launch the Windows User Account dialog box and specify the network account that will be used to access the specified operating system image output location.

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

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

  16. 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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