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How to Advertise Task Sequences

Updated: January 15, 2011

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 advertise task sequences to collections by using the New Advertisement wizard.

Before you run the New Advertisement Wizard, you will need to know what target collections and desired run-time behavior you want for the advertisement you are creating. Read access to the task sequence is required to advertise the task sequence, and the task sequence must exist prior to creating the advertisement. Task sequences can only be advertised to computers. Task sequences cannot be advertised to users.

When you have created a successful advertisement, it will be located under the Software Distribution/Advertisements node.

Use the following procedure to create a new advertisement of task sequences.

To advertise task sequences to collections

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Collections.

    Alternatively, you can navigate to the Task Sequences node: System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Operating System Deployment/ Task Sequences. Right-click the task sequence you want to advertise, and then click Advertise.

  2. To start the New Advertisement Wizard, right-click the collection that will receive the advertisement, and then click Advertise Task Sequence.

  3. On the General page, specify a Name and an optional descriptive Comment for the new advertisement.

    noteNote
    Task sequence advertisement names do not need to be unique, you can assign the same name to more than one task sequence advertisement.

  4. Specify the task sequence to be advertised by selecting an existing task sequence from the drop-down list, and then confirm the collection that will receive the advertisement. To change the target collection for the advertisement, click the Browse, and specify a different collection.

  5. To make the advertisement available to subcollections of the selected collection, select the Include members of subcollections check box. To make the advertisement available to boot media and PXE clients, select the Make this task sequence available to boot media and PXE check box.

    noteNote
    The Make this task sequence available to boot media and PXE check box is not available if the advertised task sequence will perform a task sequence other than an operating system deployment.

  6. On the Schedule tab, specify when this task sequence will be available to the target collection.

    You can also assign an expiration date to the advertisement by selecting the Advertisement will expire check box, and specifying an expiration date. If you want the specified time to be interpreted as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time format, select the UTC check box; otherwise, the local time on each target computer will be used.

  7. To create mandatory advertisements which must be run on the target computer, click the New icon to open the Assignment Schedule dialog box. To specify when and how frequently this advertisement is available, click Schedule to open the Custom Schedule dialog box, and specify the schedule and recurrence behavior.

  8. You can specify the desired Wake On LAN (WOL) and maintenance window behavior by selecting the corresponding check boxes, and then use the drop-down list to assign the priority and rerun behavior.

  9. On the Distribution Points page, specify how clients will retrieve content from packages referenced by the task sequence. Do one of the following:

    • To allow the Configuration Manager 2007 clients to download all required content as needed by the running task sequence, select Download content locally when needed by running task sequence. This task sequence action specifies that required content is downloaded to the computer when needed by a task sequence action. This option is useful when you plan on partitioning your hard disk as part of the operating system deployment or you make extensive use of conditions.

    • To configure the Configuration Manager 2007 client to download all content to the client cache before initiating the task sequence, select Download all contents locally before starting the task sequence. This option is particularly useful when deploying an operating system to multiple computers at the same time. The required content will be downloaded using BITS where available, which is bandwidth aware and lessens the impact on your network. It also helps improve the reliability of operating system deployments because the task sequence will not start until all content is downloaded and verified. However, this option cannot be used if the advertisement is enabled for PXE and boot media or the task sequence contains a Partition Disk task sequence action that repartitions the drive containing the Configuration Manager 2007 client cache.

    • To configure the Configuration Manager 2007 client to access content directly from a distribution point, select Access content from a distribution point when needed by a running task sequence. This option can be less reliable and less secure because the content is not downloaded and verified before being used by the running task sequence.

    By default Configuration Manager 2007 clients will access content from a local distribution point, you can specify that the Configuration Manager 2007 client should use a remote distribution point if a local distribution point is not available by selecting the When no local distribution point is available, use a remote distribution point check box. To specify that the Configuration Manager 2007 client should use an unprotected distribution point if a protected one is not available select the When no protected distribution point is available, use an unprotected distribution point check box.

  10. On the Interaction page, specify how clients will be notified and interact with the advertised task sequence.

  11. On the Security page, specify the users that have access to this object and click Next.

  12. Review the summary on the Summary page and click Next.

  13. On the Confirmation page click Close to close the 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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