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Work with Task Sequences (Endpoint Management Tools - Windows)

This article applies to: Endpoint Management Tools


This page is intended for IT support professionals. End users should contact local IT support.

This page is for Endpoint Management Tools users who need to use any of the Task Sequences in the CM2012 Console under

Software Library > Operating System > Task Sequences > MD > MD - PID

Task sequences are used to automatically perform tasks in your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM2012) environment. These tasks can be used to deploy an operating system image to a destination computer, build and capture an operating system image from a set of operating system installation files, and capture and restore user state information.

Units and Departments are encourage to use the Task Sequences (TS) that have been created and tested in a managed environment. If none of CIT's Task Sequences meet your needs, you can create your own.

The preferred method to use any Task Sequence provided by the Endpoint Management Tools service is to

  • Copy the latest version of the Production Image Deployment (PID) Task Sequence.
  • Rename the Task Sequence (TS), including your unit's prefix.
  • Move the Task Sequence into your group's folder.
  • Modify the Task Sequence to meet your unit's needs.

First: Copy the Task Sequence

  1. Log into the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
  2. In the navigation pane on the left, click Software Library.
  3. Use the hierarchy to navigate to Overview > Operating Systems > Task Sequences > MD > MD-PID.
  4. In the main section of the window, right-click the desired TS, then click Copy.
    (for this example we will use the MD - MDT PID-v2 TS)
  5. You will receive confirmation once the copy is ready. Depending on the size of the TS, this make take several minutes. Note the name given to the copy, then click OK.

Second: Rename the Task Sequence

  1. Right-click the new TS, then select Properties.
  2. Edit the name as desired. The new name should start with your Unit/OU prefix used in CM2012.
    For example, the department with XYZ as its prefix could call their copy XYZ - MDT - PID - v2.
    NOTE: The system does not enforce the naming convention, but you may impact your ability to access the task sequence if it is not done correctly.
  3. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

Third: Move the Task Sequence

CM2012 does not support drag-and-drop at this time.

  1. Right-click your new TS, then select Move.
  2. Select your unit or group's folder, then click OK.

In this example the TS is being moved to the XYZ folder, but would move it to your own folder.

Fourth: Edit the Task Sequence

In each Task Sequence you will need to edit some of the settings to make it work correctly in your unit. The specifics of what needs to be edited differs from TS to TS. 

Required Changes

In the PostInstall section, click Apply Network Settings.

Edit the Domain OU field to make it blank.

Edit the Account field to reflect the account that will be used to join the computers to the domain.

Optional Changes

  1. In the Preinstall section, click Format and Partition Disk. This is set to use 100% of the primary disk. To change this, in the Volume section, highlight OS DISK (Primary), then click the page icon. Make the desired changes, then click OK.
  2. In the PostInstall section, click Apply Windows Settings. The default disables the local admin account. If you want to keep the local admin account, click Enable the account and specify the local administrator password, then create a password. You may also want to complete #3 below (rename local admin).
  3. In the State Restore section, click Rename Local Admin: The local admin (which is disabled by default) is set to ComputerName-admin.
  4. In the State Restore section, click Rename Guest Account: The local guest (which is disabled by default) is set to ComputerName-guest.

After you have edited the Task Sequence, you are ready to

Deploy the Task Sequence

About this Article

Last updated: 

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:58am

Audience: 

IT Professionals

Operating System: 

Windows

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