Re: Implementing “MAC Address Pass Through” on the Windows 10 service on 04/01/19

These changes have now been completed.

The task sequences should be considered at risk for the rest of the day until testing is completed.

A new January 2019 Task Sequence media has been created and can be found in the following location: \\ws2.lboro.ac.uk\DesktopResource\Windows\TaskSequenceMedia\TS_Media_Jan19.zip

Documentation – \\ws2.lboro.ac.uk\DesktopResource\Windows\TaskSequenceMedia\Create an SCCM WinPE disk or USB Flash Drive.docx

Existing USB media will have to be updated. PXE imaging will work as normal.

All the following Dell accessories support “MAC Address Pass Through”:-

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

Please contact our Service Desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Implementing “MAC Address Pass Through” on the Windows 10 service on 04/01/19

Many premium laptops no longer have an Ethernet Port. This necessitates the use of an USB to Ethernet Adapter when imaging, because SCCM does not support wireless imaging. However, each adapter has a unique MAC Address of its own, so all the machines images using a single adapter will appear to be the same to SCCM OSD. This causes various issues.

Dell (and some other manufacturers, but not Microsoft) use a system called “MAC Address Pass Through”. This allows SCCM to see a unique MAC address for each computer. To use this system you must use a Dell USB to Ethernet Adapter or Docking station and have the appropriate driver in the WinPE image on your Task Sequence Media.

Before “MAC Address Pass Through” will on the Windows 10 Service work, we need to update the Task Sequence Media and the Task Sequences with a new WinPE image.

The Windows 10 Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 4th January 2019 between 8:00am and 10:00am. All the Windows 10 Task Sequences (Staff and Labs) will be at risk during this period. It is recommended that you do not attempt to image any Windows 10 computers at this time.

Following the changes you will need to update your Task Sequence Media with a new version.

TIMESCALE

04/01/19– 08:00am-10:00 am

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

Please contact our Service Desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information

November 2018a Task Sequence Media

A new November 2018a Task Sequence media has been created and can be found in the following location: –
\\ws2.lboro.ac.uk\DesktopResource\Windows\TaskSequenceMedia\ TS_Media_Nov18a.zip

This version eliminates the extra reboot which introduced in the previous version.

Documentation – “\\ws2.lboro.ac.uk\DesktopResource\Windows\TaskSequenceMedia\Create an SCCM WinPE disk or USB Flash Drive.docx”

Existing USB media will have to be updated. PXE imaging will work as normal.

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

Please contact our Service Desk at it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Updating Windows 10 Images

Windows 10 In-Place Upgrades and Re-imaging Task Sequences will be updated during the Task Sequence at risk period. It is therefore recommended that you do not image or in-place upgrade any machines at this time.

The Microsoft May 2018 Operating Software Updates will be added to the W10 images. This is to ensure that images are secure at the time of installing Windows 10 either via the IPU or reimaging process.

We will inform you when the work has been completed.

TIMESCALE – 17/05/18 – 08:00am-12:30pm

Configuration Manager Software Centre Fix

An error was identified when opening up the Configuration Manager Software Centre…

‘Software Centre can not be loaded. There is a problem loading the required components for Software Centre’

This error resulted in the user being unable to install any software or run the Windows 10 In-Place upgrade Task Sequence. The original workaround was to add the PC to a Legacy software centre collection.

We have now identified what the issue is and the fix is deployed via a group policy so there is no user impact.

The Advanced Configuration Manager Software Centre will then become available, once the fix is applied.

Timescale:

19/03/18. – The GPO containing the fix will be deployed to the Desktops and Laptops that have already exhibited the issue.

22/03/18 – The GPO will be applied to the Staff Windows 7 and Win Service in order to prevent further issues.

Changes to Windows 10 Imaging Task Sequence Friday – 2nd February

The Windows 10 Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 2rd February during the Task Sequence at risk period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to carry out any Windows 10 installations or upgrades at this time. (It is likely that SCCM will be unavailable or at risk at this time owing to the upgrade to version 1710)

We will inform you when the work has been completed.

The changes are to add additional computer models:

  • Intel NUC NUC7i5BNK
  • HP EliteOne 800 G1 All-in-One desktop

Timescale:

02/02/19 – 08:00am-09:30am

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

Please contact our Service Desk at mailto:it.services@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

Configuration Manager at risk due to new power switchover panel in Holywell Park

The Holywell Pod will be powered down to install a new power switchover panel.
Configuration Manager has built in resilience in Haslegrave so the service will be available as normal but consider the service at risk during this time.
Further correspondence will be sent out as required.
Timescale:

Time – 14/12/17 – 08:00am-16:00pm

Update to Windows 10 Imaging Task Sequence

Given the current situation regard with to XMA/Toshiba  sending a newer version of Windows than we are ready to adopt, we have decided to bring this change forward to tomorrow morning (16th November 2017)

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On the morning of Wednesday 22rd November 2017, the Windows 10 Imaging Task Sequence will be updated to v1.2.

There are changes to the disk partition layout to conform to Microsoft recommendations and Manufacturer’s practice.

The version of Windows 10 installed will be 1703 instead of 1607.

There is also be a minor change to the way application defaults are set.

The task sequence will be unavailable between 8:00am and 9:30am while this change is made.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk

Update to Windows 10 Imaging Task Sequence

On the morning of Wednesday 22rd November 2017, the Windows 10 Imaging Task Sequence will be updated to v1.2.

There are changes to the disk partition layout to conform to Microsoft recommendations and Manufacturer’s practice.

The version of Windows 10 installed will be 1703 instead of 1607.

There is also be a minor change to the way application defaults are set.

The task sequence will be unavailable between 8:00am and 9:30am while this change is made.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk

Update Task Sequence Media to Oct17

The Task Sequence Media has now been updated and we can confirm that this has resolved the issue.

YOU WILL NEED TO UPDATE YOUR TASK SEQUENCE MEDIA TO THE LATEST VERSION TO AVOID ISSUES WHEN IMAGING.

The files have been moved to \\ws2.lboro.ac.uk\DesktopResource\Windows\TaskSequenceMedia as the same media works for both Windows 7 and Windows 10. The latest version is TS_Media_Oct17.

The Provisioning Package is unaffected and does not need updating.