ConfigMgr: Task sequence that installs many updates stops responding

Back in
2007 I was working on a fairly large System Center Configuration Manager 2007
project (an upgrade from SMS2003 with 60 000 + clients) and a Windows 2000/Windows
XP to Windows Vista upgrade, The project last for 2 entire years before it’s completion
and I decide it to be my first and last ConfigMgr project for me at least in
the Enterprise market. However one thing we never got satisfied with was the
ability to install software updates during an operating system deployment (OSD)
while we were capturing our reference images (we actually did this daily during
the development phase) – the result was very inconsistent: Sometimes it did
work like a charm, other days we could have a few updates integrated other

Microsoft has now finally released a hotfix to resolve this issue and at least
it works out for me J


Download: Task sequence that installs many updates stops responding on a System Center
Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client

The place where I’ve been spending most of the time the past 12 months: Jönköping

As many of you already noticed (especially my friends) I haven’t spent much time at home in Stockholm this year cause of an Active Directory consolidation and migration project (DCMP as we refer to it internally) – anyway it’s been an extensive amount of traveling the past 12 months beyond what I’ve expected when I first signed up for this project. It has overall been an interesting project and quite some challenges with migrations/consolidations in 192 countries, 250 + DCs (logistical issues) and the list goes on here.

The picture above is the view from a conference room at a hotel in Jönköping (where I spent most of the time in this project) – In total about 60 nights out of the 120 hotel nights I’ve spent the past 12 months – Thanks goes to all the people I’ve come to know working at the hotel, In the city of Jönköping (that made my stay even more enjoyable) and of course other project members with that being said I’m finished with my part of the project and will hopefully spend more time at home again (I enjoy traveling to some extent J )

Here are some travel madness facts the past 12 months (In points) – those who ever worked with me or know me well also know that I love to collect points in various bonus programs (most of them are local in Sweden)  

Scandic Hotels:  149 200 points
SJ Prio: 105 248 points
SAS EuroBonus: 58420 points

Upgrade Active Directory from WS03 to WS08R2 – Session is now available online

For those of you that couldn’t attend Microsoft TechDays 2011 in Sweden on site; I did a session on upgrading a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory environment to Window Server 2008 R2 with a focus on automated processes. The scripts used in this session (also available for download at this blog) were developed by the Enfo Zipper – Directory Services Team and used in a real world scenario to upgrade an enterprise customer’s forest.

The session is now available online (SV-SE, Swedish only):
Visa videon som WMV-fil