SCCM OSD -working without DHCP

posted by terje in OSD, PowerShell, SCCM

I recently implemented a SCCM OSD solution for a customer who did not have DHCP in place in their environment. The no-dhcp policy was not open for negotiation, so I had to deal with the fact that the IP addresses had to be configured as OSDVariables during deployment.

To make matters worse, all servers had six network cards installed. Some of theese where going to be using four cards, some would use two cards in teams and some would use all six cards -all connected to different networks.

I did consider expanding the MDT2010 database to be able to define OSDAdapter1, OSDAdapter2 and so on but since that would be the only real use for the MDT database in this scenario, I decided to keep all tasks within the configuration manager console and not introduce the customer to an additional product. Thankfully there was not a large amount of servers that were to be set up this way.

I created one collection for each of the server-roles network configurations and inserted the OSDAdapter0DefaultGateway variable and its corresponding value. Then I inserted variables for OSDAdapter_EnableDHCP “false”, OSDAdapter_SubnetMask  for each network card. Finaly I inserted the OSDAdapterCount variable with the value 6.  This way membership in the correct Collection would ensure the correct network settings were applied to the server during the Windows OS install phase of the Task Sequence.
To do this, create a collection and right click it and select “modify collection Settings”.

Modify Collection Settings

 

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The hard to find SystemCenter Partner forums at Microsoft

posted by terje in System Center

Rod Trent over at myitforum posted these links to the Config Manager and Operation Manager Partner Forums.

I believe you will need a Microsoft Live Account associated with a Microsoft Partner to log in.
Configuration Manager:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnersystemcentercm

Operations Manager:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnersystemcenterom

SCCM 2007 SP2 Beta Available on Connect

posted by terje in SCCM

The most notable new features are the new Operating System Support
• Windows 7
• Windows Server 2008 R2
• Windows Server 2008 SP2
• Windows Vista Sp2

To get your hands on it you must register at Microsoft Connect.
( Right now the Service Pack  are not available.  The MS team had to pull it from the site because of some issues with the installer -but it will probably be back up any minute..)

Chris Adams and Cameron King from The Microsoft SCCM 2007 OSD engineering team have made a webcast of the presentation they held at MMS in Las Vegas this spring on how Microsoft deploys Windows 7.
webcast

The webcast is available from  Here

The Microsoft SCCM 2007 OSD engineering team have also made  a post on how to utilize BGInfo.exe from the Sysinternals Suite in OSD.
BGInfo can be used to give end-users a stylish and informative background-screen that will show the user whats going on right now and where in the overall OSD process the machine is at this time.

bginfo

Check out their blog at “Cravings of OSD”

HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center released

posted by terje in SCCM

As HP promised at MMS, they have just released their HP Insight Control Suite for System Center.

HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center enables Microsoft System Center customers to deploy, monitor, control, and optimize their HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem platforms directly from Microsoft System Center products.

• Deploy servers quickly: Quickly and reliably configure, deploy and update HP ProLiant servers through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, including pre-OS server configuration and firmware and driver update.

• Proactively monitor health: Enable System Center Operations Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager to respond intelligently to hardware events, including automating virtual machine evacuation from distressed hardware.

Control from anywhere: Take control of servers regardless of location, reduce travel time, and accelerate server recovery by launching iLO Advanced directly from System Center Operations Manager.

• Optimize power confidently: Up to triple data center capacity by safely capping power usage to fit more servers within existing power envelopes – without putting the electrical infrastructure at risk – with Insight Control power management.

• Unmatched service levels: With HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center, customers can take advantage of Insight Remote Support, advanced server monitoring built on HP Systems Insight Manager, that automatically forwards HP ProLiant and BladeSystem service events to HP call centers and tracks server warranty and support contract status.

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Have a look at this video where Brad Anderson and Scott Farrand talks about the basic functionality and also check out the other more marketing oriented videos highlighting key features.

This all sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to get my hands on this and start poking around.

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