Understanding logging in ConfigMgr OS Deployment

Anyone using ConfigMgr for OS Deployment for more than four seconds knows that it’s the log files you turn to when things go wrong. However even in ConfigMgr Current Branch (currently v1511 as base version, with v1602 as most recent upgrade), since debug logging is enabled by default, a log file can easily grow to 5 – 6 MB with just the default task sequence. That wouldn’t be much problem if the log file didn’t truncate a 2 MB, and then created an archive (one archive only). 2 + 2 MB is still less than 5 – 6 MB.

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Ad Hoc PowerShelling – Getting data from Windows Defender

Most managing solutions (SCCM/ConfigMgr, Intune, or just scheduled PowerShell tasks 🙂 ) makes use of an agent type method for control, to make sure the computer can do the work when it’s capable of doing so (like being on the network, powered on etc.). However, sometimes you have to get some Ad Hoc work done quickly, on as many machines as possible at that moment, and for that PowerShell and CIM sessions can be very useful.

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Running the MDT Task Sequence as a Different User

When using MDT 2013 Update 2 (Lite Touch) for your deployments the default behavior is to run every task sequence action as the local Administrator account. In addition to this, MDT also connects to the deployment share using the account you start the deployment with. Either typed in via MDT deployment wizard login dialog box, or automated via bootstrap.ini. But what if you want to run the task sequence, at least the last part of it, as a different user in order to access resources on other servers than the deployment server? Or simply to install applications as a different user.

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Have ConfigMgr send an email after deployment (including log parsing)

Over the years I have been using a few different scripts to have the task sequence send an email when the deployment is completed. For example this post: Configure MDT 2010 to send an email when deployment is completed. Another common way to do this is to use status filter rules in ConfigMgr. A good example is the Send an email when OSD completes a deployment post by Benoit Lecours.

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