Disable F12 confirmation at PXE boot into WinPE

When you are performing a PXE boot, most of the time you need to press F12 to trigger the PXE boot action. Then after connection is initiated with the PXE server, the boot rom image asks for the F12 key to be pressed again. If the key is not pressed, the machine will continue to boot normally into the installed OS (if available). This can be confusing for some Admins because they except the client to boot through to the Boot image, or maybe they want to create a fully automated OSD Deployment.

Configuration:

Configuration Manager 1610 on Windows server 2016

So to disable the secondary F12 key, we need to take a look at our Distributions volume and browse to: RemoteInstall\SMSBoot\x86 and x64

Here we see multiple files that will be used trough the boot time, but there are only two files that we need to change to achieve our goal:

  • pxeboot.com – this is the default file that is loaded by the client through the PXE boot process
  • pxeboot.n12 – this file is the same as pxeboot.com, but is not loaded in the boot process now

To configure all clients to boot without pressing F12, rename the startup boot files in x86 and x64 folder:

  • Change pxeboot.com to pxeboot.bak
  • Change pxeboot.n12 to pxeboot.com

Restart the WDS service:

Restart-Service -Name “WDSServer” -Force

That’s it, now you should be able to PXE boot without pressing F12 twice to confirm booting to the WDS server. I hope this was useful, in case you have any questions, please contact me.

 

Task sequence fails in Configuration Manager if software updates require multiple restarts

Assume that a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager task sequence that uses the “Install Software Updates” step installs a software update that triggers multiple restarts after the task sequence successfully runs the Install Software Updates task. In this situation, the task sequence can fail and generate the following error message:

Task Sequence environment not found


Note You can avoid this issue in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 by using the new Retry option in the Install Updates task sequence step. For more information, refer to the Install Software Updates documentation on the Microsoft TechNet website.

Cause

The first restart that is initiated by the software update is controlled by the task sequence. However, the second restart request is initiated by a Windows component (typically, Component-Based Servicing) and is not controlled by the task sequence. Therefore, the task sequence execution state is not saved before the restart because the second restart is not controlled by the task sequence. When the task sequence resumes after the second restart, no state is available to continue successfully.

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Unlocking ConfigMgr 2012 Objects

here is what you need to do when you get the error blow in SCCM2012 console:
“Cannot edit the object, which is in use by ‘’ at Site ‘’.”

This happened as the result of the ConfigMgr console crashing while he had the object open.

To resolve this issue connect with sql management studio to the SQL server where the database is running and then execute the code below:

 select * from SEDO_LockState where LockStateID <> 0

The query above will get you a list of possible locks on the dB, with the code below you can remove the lock:

DELETE from SEDO_LockState where LockID = ‘<LockID of the record identified in the previous query>’

Once the record is removed, you should be able to modify the object.

SCCM 2012 client fails to install Windows 10 Build 10049

When testing the latest Build of Windows 10 I got an error installing the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 client, it fails installing the Windows Update agent with the following error in the CCMSetup.log file.

“File ‘C:WINDOWSccmsetupWindowsUpdateAgent30-x64.exe’ returned failure exit code 775. Fail the installation.”

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SC Endpoint Protection 2012 uninstall other AV clients

SCCM 2012 is able to uninstalls the following antimalware software only:

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection version 11
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition version 12
  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise version 8
  • Trend Micro OfficeScan
  • Microsoft Forefront Codename Stirling Beta 2
  • Microsoft Forefront Codename Stirling Beta 3
  • Microsoft Forefront Client Security v1
  • Microsoft Security Essentials v1
  • Microsoft Security Essentials 2010
  • Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
  • Microsoft Security Center Online v1

If you try to install the Endpoint Protection client on a computer and the uninstall of an existing antimalware solution is not supported, then the Endpoint Protection client installation will fail. In this case, you can use application management to uninstall the existing antimalware solution, install the Endpoint Protection client and then use the Manage Endpoint Protection client on client computers client setting to let Configuration Manager manage the newly installed Endpoint Protection client.

The list is available here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/4acd0c29-e453-4863-8194-e479263291c8#BKMK_EndpointProtectionDeviceSettings

Best Regards,
Pouyan

P2V using SCVMM error’s because of disk space requirement

While performing a P2V with SCVMM 2012 I got the following error message:

There is not enough disk space on the available volumes.
Maximum disk space on the most appropriate volume, accounting for the host resource utilization  (in megabytes): 103450
The virtual machine requirement (in megabytes): 744776
The maximum available space at the time of evaluation, after considering the virtual machine requirements (in megabytes): 103450
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Event ID: 10

I was getting the warning below in the OpsMgr Event Log.  I have uninstalled the OOMADs and manually installed it.

Event Type: Warning
 Event Source: Health Service Script
 Event Category: None
 Event ID: 10
 Date:  8/20/2009
 Time:  3:01:23 PM
 User:  N/A
 Computer: DC1
 Description:
 AD MP DC Local Discovery : Active Directory Helper Objects Installation unsuccessful. MSI was not found at the specified location

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