Getting Started with SCCM 2007 and Windows 7 OSD (part 2)

This post will cover adding NIC and SATA drivers to your boot images and all the other prerequsites to begin creating successful OSD Task Sequences!

Adding NIC and SATA drivers

We need to create a driver package specifically for the drivers that need to be included on the PXE media. Remember that you only need NIC and SATA drivers on the PXE media — anything more increases the media size and download time with no benefit.

  1. Create the folder \\sccm\source$\driverpackages\bootdrivers
  2. In SCCM Console, navigate to Site Database -> Computer Management -> Operating System Deployment -> Driver Packages.
  3. Right-click “Driver Packages” and select “New -> Driver Package”.
  4. For “Name” enter “Boot Drivers”, for “Source” enter “\\sccm\source$\driverpackages\bootdrivers”, then press OK.
  5. Create the folder \\sccm\source$\drivers\bootdrivers\x64. Note that this path is .\drivers not .\driverpackages.
  6. Create the folder \\sccm\source$\drivers\bootdrivers\x86. Note that this path is .\drivers not .\driverpackages.
  7. Copy any necessary SATA and NIC drivers to \\sccm\source$\drivers\bootdrivers\<arch>\<make\model>.
    Example: “\\sccm\source$\drivers\bootdrivers\x64\Optiplex_990″
  8. In SCCM Console, right click the “Drivers” folder on the left pane and choose “Import”.
  9. On the “Locate Driver” screen choose “Import all drivers in the following network path (UNC)” and enter “\\sccm\source$\drivers\bootdrivers\x64″, then click “Next”.
  10. On the “Driver Details” screen check the boxes for all drivers you would like to import, then click “Categories” button. Assign a category matching the make\model of the drivers then click “Next”.
  11. On the “Add Driver to Packages” screen check the box next to the “Boot Drivers” driver package, uncheck the “Update distribution points” box, then click “Next”.
  12. On the “Add Driver to Boot Images” screen check the box next to your WinPE image, uncheck the “Update distribution points” box, then click “Next”.
  13. On the “Summary” screen, click “Next”.
  14. On the “Progress” screen, wait until the process is finished.
  15. On the “Confirmation” screen click “Close”.
  16. Now, right-click your boot image in SCCM console and select “Update Distribution Points”. This will rebuild the WinPE to add the new drivers.

Adding make\model drivers

  1. Extract all drivers necessary for your platform to \\sccm\source$\driverpackages\<make\model>.
  2. Create another driver package with the source “\\sccm\source$\driverpackages\<make\model>” named after your make and model.
  3. Do not import your drivers. Only nic\sata drivers need imported. We will add these drivers through a task sequence action in a following step.
  4. Do not add the drivers to your PXE distribution point or the PXE image will take forever to download.
  5. Right-Click the new driver package, and distribute the driver package to your SCCM distribution point (bot not your PXE distribution point).

Creating a USMT and SCCM Client Package

The last step! Before we can create usable task sequences we need to create and distribute USMT and SCCM client packages.

  1. Create the folder \\sccm\source$\packages\USMTPackage
  2. In SCCM navigate to Site Database -> Computer Management -> Operating System Deployment -> Task Sequences.
  3. Right-click the “Task Sequences” folder and select “Create Microsoft Deployment Task Sequence”.
  4. On the “Choose Template” screen select “Client Task Sequence” from the drop-down menu and click “Next”.
  5. On the “General” screen enter “MDT Client Task Sequence” for the Task Sequence Name and click “Next”.
  6. On the “Details” screen enter a workgroup, user, and organization name, then click “Next”.
  7. On the “Capture Settings” screen choose “This task sequence will never be used to capture an image.” and click “Next”.
  8. On the “Boot Image” screen choose “Specify an existing boot image package”, then click “Browse” and find your WinPE image, then click “Next”.
  9. On the “MDT Package” screen choose “Specify an existing…”, click “Browse” and find your MDT Source Package, then click “Next”.
  10. On the “OS Image” screen choose “Specify an existing OS install packge”, click “Browse” and find your Windows 7 SP1 package, then click “Next”.
  11. On the “Client Package” screen choose “Create a new ConfigMgr client package” and click “Next”.
  12. On the “USMT Package” screen choose “Create a new USMT Package” then enter “\\sccm\source$\packages\USMTPackage” as the source folder, then click “Next”.
  13. On the “USMT Details” screen enter the following information and click “Next”.
    Name: USMT Package
    Language: English
    Manufacturer: Microsoft
  14. On the “Settings Package” screen choose “Specify an existing…”, click “Browse”, find your MDT Settings package, then click “Next”.
  15. On the “Sysprep Package” screen choose “No Sysprep package is required” then click “Next”.
  16. On the “Summary” screen click “Next”.
  17. On the “Progress” screen wait for the process to complete.
  18. On the “Confirmation” screen click “Finish”.
  19. Distribute the USMT and Microsoft Configuration Manager Client packages to your SCCM distribution point.
Congratulations! You now have all the pieces to start making awesome and usable task sequences. Look for the next blog post: SCCM OSD – Creating a Build and Capture Task Sequence.
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2 thoughts on “Getting Started with SCCM 2007 and Windows 7 OSD (part 2)

  1. Hi there,

    These are the best explaination I can find online about SCCm 2007. Good job.
    Just a quick question though. From the step above in “Creating a USMT and SCCM Client Package”, I noticed the image you selected were all 64bit image, (both boot and OS) should I create a different set for 32bit as well? or?

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