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Operating System Deployment - Training videos from Microsoft

This series is recorded by @Steve Rachui, a Microsoft principal premier field engineer.  These tutorials  use Configuration Manager 2012 in the demos, however the concepts are still relevant for Configuration Manager current branch. These posts originally published on Microsoft blog.

OSD Part 1

Introduction and Basics

This is the first session of a series that will detail the Operating System Deployment feature of ConfigMgr 2012. The session provides base knowledge that answers the questions - what is OSD?  Why OSD? The session also provides a quick look at the ConfigMgr 2012 console showing and describing the various elements relevant to OSD.
 

OSD Part 2

Obtain and Import Image

This is session two of a series that details the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session focuses on the process of image capture and reviews the tools available in the ADK, MDT and ConfigMgr 2012 to accomplish image capture.

OSD Part 3

Task Sequencing

This is session three of a series that details the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session focuses on the task sequence.   A detailed discussion of a basic image deployment task sequence is provided along with a review of all default task sequence steps.

OSD Part 4

Image Deployment

This session is part four of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session details the components of OS deployment, the process of creating a deployment and demonstrates the various image deployment mechanisms. The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies

OSD Part 5

The Logical Task Sequence

This session is part five of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session covers the flow of the task sequence, the use of 'continue on error', conditions and variables in controlling the progress of the task sequence.  The session ends by walking through an error handling section that can be added to any task sequence.

OSD Part 6

Task Sequence Variable

This session is part six of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven takes a deeper look at variables. The discussion includes methods to dump variables while in the task sequencing environment, creating variables inside the task sequence environment and building variables on collections and devices.

OSD Part 7

Driver Management

This session is part seven of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session focuses on driver management during image deployment.  Discussion includes the process to import drivers, the various options available to install drivers in a task sequence and discussion of pros and cons related to making certain driver management choices.

OSD Part 8

Understanding PXE

This session is part eight of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager.  This session dives into the details of how Windows Deployment Services is used in conjunction with the Distribution Point/PXE role in ConfigMgr. The session also discusses the PXE boot process and the implications of various deployment settings when initiating imaging through PXE boot.

OSD Part 9

Standalone USMT

This session is part nine of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. This session discusses the User State Migration Tool that is used to migrate User State Data during imaging. The specific focus is on the tool itself, what it does, how it is used and scenarios for us. The goal of this session is to understand the standalone tool so that a later session discussion can turn to how User State Migration is integrated into Configuration Manager.

OSD Part 10

USMT and OSD

This session is part ten of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven details the integration of User State Migration with Configuration Manager. The discussion includes the components of Configuration Manager 2012 focused on User State Migration and four task sequences configured to show four different imaging scenarios focused on User State.

OSD Part 11

MDT Integration

This session is part eleven of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven gives an overview of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit comparing it's use standalone and integrated with Configuration Manager. Demonstrations include the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit UDI wizard, a discussion of the elements added when the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is integrated with Configuration Manager 2012 and more.

OSD Part 12

OSD and ADK

This session is part twelve of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. We are taking a pause in our more traditional OSD discussion and looping back to the Windows Automated Deployment Kit (ADK).  Topics center around how the ADK is leveraged by OSD with demonstrations of image installation and modification using just the ADK tools.

OSD Part 13

to be Known or to be Unknown - that is the question

This session is part thirteen of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. Steven discusses the concept of Known and Unknown computer imaging and provides demonstrations and detailed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

OSD Part 14

Pre-staged Media

This session is part fourteen of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven discusses the pre-staged media option for image deployment. The discussion includes a description of pre-staged media, the scenarios solved by pre-staged media and a demonstration of configuring and using pre-staged media.

OSD Part 15

Advance Concepts

This tutorial is part fifteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. In it, Steven covers a variety of advanced topics and builds on various sessions already presented. Topics include configuring and using prestart commands and engineering a task sequence for speed.

OSD Part 16

BIOS or UEFI

This is part sixteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) systems and how Configuration Manager OSD can deliver images to systems running in UEFI mode.  The discussion also includes the challenges of using Pre-staged media with UEFI systems.

OSD Part 17

OSD and Custom Boot Images

This is part seventeen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session focuses on boot images in the imaging process. Demonstrations show how Configuration Manager uses and customizes the boot image and how boot images are embedded in boot media. The discussion also details scenarios and support for down level boot images.

OSD Part 18

Advance scenarios 2

This is part eighteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session focuses on a few topics that don't each require a full session. The specific discussion includes setup and use of Multicast, ConfigMgr and Windows to Go, OSD and User Device Affinity and more.

OSD Part 19

DaRT

This is part nineteen of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of DaRT, what it is and how it can be deployed using standard OSD imaging techniques.  In addition, a demonstration is presented that shows how the DaRT binaries can be used in the Configuration Manager Windows PE boot media to facilitate remote control during the Windows PE phase of imaging.

OSD Part 20

Automating and Custom OSD

This is part twenty of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is a discussion of automation and the deep level customization that can introduce truly compelling imaging scenarios.  Specific scenarios include the interface between task sequencing and Orchestrator, discussion of Imaging as a Service and customizing how task sequence activities take place versus simply using default task sequence items and more.

OSD Part 21

Troubleshooting

This is part twenty-one of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager.  This session is titled troubleshooting but focuses on options to enable troubleshooting scenarios versus specifically tracking imaging activity in the logs.  Topics include the phases of imaging and log movement between phases, configuring task sequences to support troubleshooting, enabling logging options in the various phases of imaging and more.

OSD Part 22

Windows 10 Imaging - Scenarios and Options

This is part twenty-two and the final installment of a series discussing the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session provides a discussion of the Windows 10 imaging options available in ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr current branch.  The session demonstrates the traditional wipe and load scenario and discusses upgrade and use of Windows Image Configuration Designer (WICD).  Steve also talks about the use of the Windows 10 ADK and more.

OSD Part 23

Nested Task Sequences

In this tutorial, Steven explains the nested task sequences capabilities which were added first in the Configuration Manager current branch 1710 release.  He details how the feature works, what to expect and demonstrates a few scenarios.

OSD Part 24

Task Sequence Debugging

Steve has added a new session to the OSD – A Deeper Dive series. In this Task Sequence Debugging tutorial Steve goes over requirements and scenarios for debugging of task sequences. He also walks through configuration for debugging and shows some demos.

Windows 10 servicing - OSD vs. Software Updates - In Action

Today’s tutorial focuses on OSD and Windows 10 Servicing options for managing the upgrade process for Windows 10.  Steven details and demonstrates how to use each and provides a bit of detail around how the Windows 10 upgrades, packaged as updates, are deployed.