Update to Windows 10 Staff Task Sequence

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday 12th April, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, the Windows 10 Staff Task Sequence will be updated to provide support for the following additional Dell laptops:

  • Latitude 7490
  • XPS 13 9380
  • XPS 15 9570

The Task Sequences will be at risk during this period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to image any Windows 10 staff computers at this time.

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

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

Prevent Toshiba Z30s upgrading from 1607 to 1709

Dear Colleagues,

It has been identified that when the Toshiba Z30 models are upgraded from 1607 to 1709 it adds a considerable time to the boot process. Further issues have been identified such as being unable to get a wireless connection.
The mandatory date for PCs to migrate to 1709 was the 25/03/2019 but I have now prevented the upgraded on Z30s.

We are currently working with McAfee to resolve the problem and will update you as soon as we have a fix or a workaround.

Please do not hesitate to log a case and pass to EUC if you have any questions

Kind Regards
Gary

Update to Windows 10 Staff Task Sequence on 14/01/19

The Windows 10 Labs Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 18th January. The Task Sequence will be at risk during this period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to image any Windows 10 staff computers at this time.

The following change will be made. Add Step to reset USB Hubs just before reboot out of WinPE. This is necessary if the Dell DA300 USB-C Mobile Adapter is being used for imaging. The step is only applied to when imaging the following Dell devices:

  • Latitude 3390
  • Latitude 5290
  • XPS 13 9365
  • XPS 13 9370

Please note we do not advise imaging computers via a docking station. For the listed machine we recommend using the Dell DA200 or DA300 Adapters.

TIMESCALE

18/01/19 – 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

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.

Update to Windows 10 Staff Task Sequences on 26/10/18

The Windows 10 Staff Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 26th October. The Task Sequences will be at risk during this period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to image any Windows 10 staff computers at this time or perform and In Place Updates from Windows 7.

The following changes will made:

Imaging and In-Place Update Task Sequences

  • Updating Intel HD4600 display driver which has been causing issues.

Imaging Task Sequences

  • Updating Symantec Endpoint Protection to version 14.2 MP1.

TIMESCALE

26/10/18– 07:00am-10:00 am

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

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

Windows 10 1709 Task Sequences Now Live – Introducing OneDrive Files on Demand

The Windows 10 1709 Task Sequences are now live.

Windows 10 1709 introduces the concept of “Files on Demand” to the OneDrive client. This allows users to access their files directly from the cloud rather than having to download all of their files to the local PC, which can be a problem for users of PCs with small hard drives or SSDs.

At present we have not enabled this feature by default, however users can enable it if they so wish. To do this, they should right-click their OneDrive icon, select Settings, go to the Settings tab and tick the box for Files on Demand there. This is advisable for any users who do not have the required disk space to download all of their files.

For more information on this, including how to ensure files are always available offline, please see https://support.office.com/en-us/article/learn-about-onedrive-files-on-demand-0e6860d3-d9f3-4971-b321-7092438fb38e.

Please report any issues or queries to the IT Service Desk as usual.

Deployment of Java 8u172 to Windows Staff Service

We shall be deploying Java 8 Update 172 to the Windows Staff Service (Windows 7 and 10) beginning next Tuesday.

The rollout plan is:-

  • ITS and Careers – 25th Sept
  • Professional Services – 8th Oct
  • Schools A-M – 11th Oct
  • All Staff – 17th Oct

The user will be offered the update each day until the installation is successfully completed. For the first two weeks the installation can be postpone if the timing is inconvenient. After two weeks the installation becomes mandatory.

CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HELP?

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