Deploying a Windows XP SP3 "Gold image" with SCCM 2007

Deploying a Windows XP SP3 "Gold image" with SCCM 2007

By Kenny Buntinx


This post and subsequent posts will be a step by step on how to build a base XP SP3 image in SCCM. I will be outlining not necessarily pointing out every click. Hopefully others will find this helpful. This assumes an understanding of SCCM and uses what is referred to as a “Thin Image Strategy”.

1.Create a network access account, it only need be a domain user and its password should not expire. Add the account to the Computer Client Agent in the Client node under Site Settings

2. Import XP SP3 as an operating system Install Package.

3. Add a Distribution point to your new XP SP3 package created in step 1

4. Create the XP SP3 sysprep package in SCCM

4.1 The Deploy.cab included on the CD was not updated properly for XP SP3 so you must download a new version here.

4.2 Create a package that points at the extracted CAB file for its source

4.3 You do not need to create any programs for the package the build task sequence takes care of this

4.4 Add the package to a DP that can be used during your build

5. Create a package for the Config Mgr Client

5.1 Specify always obtain file from source directory

5.2 Usually here I create a share at \\SCCMSERVER\Souce$\SCCMClient.

5.3 Update the ccmsetup command line properties accordingly. Extensive information about command line properties on TechNet here.

5.4 Add the package to a DP that can be used during your build

6. Create a “Build and capture a reference operating system image” task sequence

6.1 Name the task sequence something appropriate like “Build & Capture Windows XP SP3 Gold 6.2 Image”

6.3 Select the x86 boot image

6.4 Select the Operating System Package you created in step 1

6.5 Enter a product key

6.6 Set the local admin password to any password

6.7 Join a workgroup

6.8 Select the Config Mgr client you created in step 4

6.9 Don’t add any software to the base image

6.10 Set your image properties

6.11 Select a location to save the image and make sure you include the full path including the .wim extension

6.12 Enter an account with rights to write to the share

6.13 Finish up

7. Change the task sequence to use “Quick Format”

7.1 Right Click on the Task Sequence and choose Edit

7.2 Select the “Partition Disk 0″ step

7.3 Choose properties on the Default (Primary) partition and check the “Quick Format” option

8. Create a collection to which you will advertise the task sequence; I usually use "customer" Base Builds

9. Advertise the task sequence to the collection you created in step 7 as optional

9.1 Right click Task sequence and choose advertise, follow the wizard

9.2 Make sure you select the check box “Make this task sequence available to boot media and PXE”

9.3 If you are in test and your boundaries are not defined make sure you select “When no local distribution points are available, use remote distribution point”

9.4 Make sure you completed step 1

10. Ensure that you have the network and mass storage drivers to boot the device on the boot image and in the driver store (If you have to do this in the future you must update the PXE and standard DPs)

11. Add the appropriate boot images (x86 / x64) to the PXE and standard DPs

12. Allow the client to boot from PXE

12.1 If this client previously had an SCCM agent on it you just need to add the client to the collection you created in step 6

12.2 If this is a new client and SCCM is pre-R2 add the client manually

12.2.1 Add the client by right clicking the Computer Associations node under OSD and choosing “Import Computer Information”

12.2.2 Enter the Name of the computer

12.2.3 Enter the MAC and or SMBIOS GUID

12.2.4 Add the computer to the collection you created in step 7

13. Boot the device up to PXE and choose your task sequence. In less than an hour you should have the start of a great XP Image

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