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Sample Existing Operating System Image Deployment 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 deploy an operating system using an existing 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 task sequence. For more information about deploying an operating system to a new computer use the following link: How to Deploy Operating System Images to a Computer

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

Sample existing 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 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

Request User State Storage

Request State Store

Capture User Files and Settings

Capture User State

Release User State Storage

Release State Store

Restart in Windows PE

Reboot to Windows PE or hard disk

Partition Disk 0

Format and Partition Disk

Restore User Files and Settings

Restore User State

Sample existing operating system image task sequence:

 

Task Sequence Group/Step Reference

Capture File and Settings - (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 actions that capture files and settings from the reference computer operating system.

Capture Windows Settings

Use this task sequence step to identify the Microsoft Windows settings that should be captured from the computer that will receive the task sequence. You can capture the computer name, user and organizational information and the time zone settings.

Capture Network Settings

Use this task sequence step to capture network settings from the computer that will receive the task sequence associated with this task step. You can capture the computer's domain or workgroup membership and the network adapter setting information.

Capture User Files and Settings - (New Task Sequence Sub-Group)

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

This group contains the actions to capture user files and settings.

Request User State Storage

Use this task sequence step to request access to a state migration point when capturing state from a computer. You can configure this task sequence step to capture or restore the user state information.

Capture User Files and Settings

Use this task sequence step to use the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to capture user state and settings from the computer that will receive the task sequence associated with this task step. You can use the standard options or configure the options you want to capture.

Release User State Storage

This task sequence step notifies the state migration point that the capture or restore action has been completed.

Install Operating System - (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 actions that will run in the Windows PE environment to install and configure the image.

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 onto 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). You can specify a sysprep answer file and also configure which disk partition should be used for the installation.

Apply Windows Settings

Use this task sequence step to configure the Windows settings configuration information for the target computer. The windows settings you can apply are user and organizational information, product or license key information, time zone, and the local administrator password.

Apply Network Settings

Use this task sequence step to specify the network or workgroup configuration information for the target computer. You can also specify if the computer should use a DHCP server or you can statically assign the IP address information.

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.

Apply Driver Package

The Apply Driver Package task sequence step allows you to make all device drivers in a driver package available for use by Windows setup.

Setup Operating System - (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 of task sequence steps will setup the operating system.

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.

Restore User Files and Settings - (New Task Sequence Sub-Group)

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

This group contains the steps necessary to restore the user files and settings.

Request User State Storage

Use this task sequence step to request access to a state migration point when restoring the user state to a computer.

Restore User Files and Settings

Use this task sequence step to initiate the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to restore user state and settings to a target computer.

Release User State Storage

This task sequence step notifies the state migration point that the capture or restore action has been completed and disconnects the target computer from the state migration point.

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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