In our environment we have more than a handful of different laptop and desktop models that we deploy to end users. On top of that, we are in the midst of a “refresh” were we upgrade out of warranty machines to newer models. We are a Dell shop by the way.
A little while back I finally got our OSD infrastructure up and running and worked out all of the nuances and intricacies of it as it relates to our business practices. In the interim I settled on utilizing the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and integrating it with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) by customizing their pre-built task sequences for installing images.
Unfortunately, this was not a one-size-fits-all approach due to the structure and underlying rules resident in our environment. For example, some computers are destined for a specific department and based on that certain applications would be installed on the computer. This (and other such criteria) led me to have to create a separate task sequence for each and every possible deployment scenario. Needless to say, this was painful and a nightmare to maintain.
So I thought, “wouldn’t it be cool if we could have some sort of wizard that pops-up and you could input all of this information?” Furthermore, it’d be even cooler if I could have only one task sequence that will work for each and every possible scenario. Read the rest of this entry »