Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation 1

Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation
Tweet On a machine running Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or even Windows Server 2012, 2012R2 or 2016 you can get a strange error when sysprepping the machine. Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation. (Error 0x8007139f) Normally this is true because you can’t sysprep an upgraded machine. But I had this in a ...

Reset Trust Relationship for Domain Computer 1

Tweet When a computer somehow loses the trust relationship with the domain (for instance when longer than 30 days not connecting to the domain, or in a virtual environment returning to a snapshot) the usual steps you have to take are: Get the computer out of the domain to a workgroup (remember the local admin ...

Windows Installer Error Codes

Tweet When working with Windows msi installers you sometimes run into some kind of error or message. Here is an overview of the most common errors or messages. They are most commonly found at the end of your installer log (always install with logging ;-)) usually prefaced by “MainEngineThread is returning”. This is the place ...

Version (build) numbers Microsoft products

Tweet Hi! Just a short post for reference. In my line of work I sometimes need to find the product description or version (build) number of a product. While searching for them I stumbled upon a perfect website for most regular Microsoft products! https://buildnumbers.wordpress.com/ Products like AX, CRM, Exchange, Office, SCCM, SCDPM, SCOM, SCSM, SCVMM, ...

Task Sequence Built-in Variables in ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Tweet This is just a reminder for the built-in Task Sequence variables in ConfigMgr 2012 R2. You can also find them at: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh273375.aspx   Built-in Variable Name Description _SMSTSAdvertID Stores the current running task sequence deployment unique ID. It uses the same format as a Configuration Manager software distribution deployment ID. If the task sequence ...

ConfigMgr Client Log locations during OSD

Tweet Just a quick reference for finding the client logs during an Operating System Deployment. As we all know ConfigMgr moves the logs during a deployment depending on the stage of deployment. We can define 4 major stages in regard to the log file locations: System has started in WinPE, no hard drive configuration has ...

Deploy the Windows 7 Kernel Mode Driver Framework (KMDF) with ConfigMgr 2012 11

Deploy the Windows 7 Kernel Mode Driver Framework (KMDF) with ConfigMgr 2012
Tweet So you got your brand new Dell or other manufacturer’s hardware, deploy an OS with ConfigMgr 2012 and he, no go – chrash – missing drivers etc. Well you might need the new Kernel Mode Driver Framework 1.11 (here) or the User Mode Driver Framework 1.11 (here). But wait, this is an Windows Update! ...

(Re)-Creating a boot image for ConfigMgr 2012 using Windows ADK

(Re)-Creating a boot image for ConfigMgr 2012 using Windows ADK
Tweet When you are having problems with your boot images (corruption or just malfunctioning) there might come a time you need to (re)-create one or maybe both. This is a very straight forward process which will be described below. You use the Windows ADK for this process. Depending on your version of ConfigMgr this will ...

Monitoring Task Sequences in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 console 4

Monitoring Task Sequences in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 console
Tweet When doing OSD in SCCM 2012 R2 you can view the deployment information in the Task Sequence reports, but the Status Messages is really the preferred place for this. First thing you need is to get the deployment ID of the Task Sequence you wish to monitor. You have to setup a query for ...

UEFI, Generation 2 VM, Windows 7 SP1 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (or Windows 8.1) 5

UEFI, Generation 2 VM, Windows 7 SP1 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (or Windows 8.1)
Tweet With the new features of Hyper-V in Server 2012 R2 one of those is the Generation 2 VM. There is a lot to be said on this topic but here is a caveat when using Gen2 VM’s for systems older then Windows 8 or Server 2012. Let’s start with a spoiler: It doesn’t work ...