ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd 1.6.0

ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd has been developed with the goal to function in any environment, making the native operating system deployment experience with System Center Configuration Manager more unified and easier to use.

 
 
 
 
 
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7/5/2019
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  • Application Installation Question
    2 Posts | Last post Wed 11:19 PM
    • Hi,
      
      I am using SCCM Current Branch. And Windows 10 1809 as the image. I have the OSDFrontEND displaying applications. I have the task sequence step to install application and i have set the base variable to APPLICATION (the default in the osdfrontend.exe config file) The applications never install or even act like they are going to. It just breezes through that step. Am i missing something?
    • Hi!
      
      Try updating to the latest version now.
      Before this version, it didnt register pre-selected apps, you had to uncheck and check them again, and then they installed.
      
      
  • Applications and Task Sequences
    7 Posts | Last post Wed 10:43 PM
    • How do i get applications and task sequences to show up in the front end?
    • Figured out the Task Sequence piece but I still can't get apps to populate!
    • Lol... figured out the missing apps!
    • Any chance you can answer how you got it working? I am running into the same problem.
    • yep im curious too? i cant seem to get off the ground with this one? would you be able to do like a YouTube video or document? i don't find the one included to be all that clear 
    • Read these sections in the documentation:
      
      4.10
      4.10.1
      4.10.2
      9.8
      
      Mine is setup as followed, as an example:
      In the OSDFrontEnd.exe.config i use "APP" as "AppsTaskSequenceVariableName"
      
      I choose to place the "AppConfig.xml" on a server so that i can edit it without the need to update the bootimage, and point this out in the OSDFrontEnd.exe.config. I placed them in a new folder under the ConfigMgrWebService, as this is already availible to reach when you PXE/OSD.
      
      And then, when you have got your config done, you need some apps to show up. as an example i have VLC. What you need to do with the application in SCCM is to add an "Administrative Categories" to it, i chose "Video" (its up to you what you want to call it).
      After that, you go to the "AppConfig.xml" and you add this line:
      
      <AppCategory Name="Video" AdminCategory="Video" IsSelected="False"/>
      
      Now VLC will show up as selectable.
      
      My whole "Appconfig.xml" looks like this for the moment:
      
      <AppConfiguration>
        <AppCategory Name="Webb" AdminCategory="Webb" IsSelected="False"/>
        <AppCategory Name="Video" AdminCategory="Video" IsSelected="False"/>
        <AppCategory Name="Verktyg" AdminCategory="Tools" IsSelected="False"/>
        <AppCategory Name="TeamViewer" AdminCategory="TeamViewer" IsSelected="False">
      	<AppSelection Name="TeamViewer 14 Host" Mandatory="False" IsSelected="True"/>
      	<AppSelection Name="TeamViewer 14 Host RTOG" Mandatory="False" IsSelected="False"/>
      	<AppSelection Name="TeamViewer 14 Host Visualiseringsbord" Mandatory="False" IsSelected="False"/>
      </AppCategory>
        <AppCategory Name="Standard" AdminCategory="Mandatory" IsSelected="False">
      	<AppSelection Name="HP Hotkey Support" Mandatory="True" IsSelected="True"/>
      	<AppSelection Name="BGinfo Admin Win10" Mandatory="True" IsSelected="True"/>
      </AppCategory>
      </AppConfiguration>
      
      
    • In your task sequence you have to do the following:
      
      Add an "install application" step, and check the "install applications according to a dynamic variable list" radio button, and in the text-box bellow, enter the "AppsTaskSequenceVariableName" variable that you choose (mine was APP). 
      
      and that is all you have to do.
      
      Happy to help if more is needed! :)
  • Moving computer objects in AD
    2 Posts | Last post Wed 10:24 PM
    • Hi,
      
      I'm having problems with the frontend and AD computer-objects.
      If there isnt a preexisting object in the AD the FrontEnd creates it under th OU which i choose under the Directory tab, but if the object is already created and placed under an OU and i choose a different OU it doesnt get moved.
      
      Is this as intended? Do i have to remove the AD-object each time if i want it placed somewhere else, or is something not working? 
      
      The ConfigMgrWebservice account has full control over the OU and all object under it, ive even tried given it Domain Admin rights, same result.
      
      Any ideas?
      
      best regards,
    • This has been answered somewhere else. 
      
      Short answer:
      The frontend only joins the computer to the selected OU if the object doesnt already exist, and it gets created.
      If theres already an compute-robject for the device in another OU, the object wont be moved, it will stay in the same OU.
  • Prestaged media ?
    2 Posts | Last post June 18, 2019
    • Hello there,
      I usually use this marvelous frontend with pxe but my boss requested me to provide a prestaged version of our master to a supplier. I already generated a huge wim file but never succeeded to apply it correctly. It starts the standard windows setup instead. Do anyone of you knows a good blog speaking about this ? Regards, frederic
    • By the way, I followed this to apply the wim file in win pe:
      https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/capture-and-apply-windows-using-a-single-wim
  • Issue with 1903 ADK
    2 Posts | Last post June 12, 2019
    • Anyone else having a problem with the front end crashing immediately and rebooting the machine when using the 1903 ADK?
    • Is this due to the removal of WPF from the ADK? 
  • Deployment Dropdown Empty
    4 Posts | Last post June 05, 2019
    • Hi, I really need some help with the Deployment tab's task sequence selector. I'm completely stumped here.
      I have 2 task sequences deployed as available to unknown computers (PXE and media hidden). I've been testing some task sequence changes and repeatedly deleting computer objects from SCCM and re-imaging. But starting last week, two of my test systems started not showing anything in the task sequence drop down - it's just blank.
      Using the same boot media I can test other physical systems or brand new VMs and they show the task sequences just fine.
      I made a new collection, set up advertisements, and used the "Import computer record" but it's not working that way either on these existing machines (it does work fine on brand new test VMs).
      I verified that in the main config file that the default task sequence is named exactly the same as one of my two task sequences that I've deployed (although I also think that shouldn't matter)
      I can't find what I'm missing, and can't find any good guidance on how to find/read logs for what OSDFrontend or the ConfigMgr web services is doing on the backend.
      I've tried recreating the task sequence deployments and that didn't help. I've tried running OSDFrontend in debug mode and that log was not helpful. I'm beginning to suspect that there's some kind of problem with the ConfigMgr web service (1.7.0) or with SCCM itself but the only log I know to find is the IIS one that just helps me verify that a connection to the web service was established.
    • What happens when you close the frontend with the X? Usually you should see the regular task sequence box with the task sequences that are available for your system. If nothing shows there just aren't any task sequences available. If something shows you have an ussie with the way you deployed your task sequences, usually there is no hidden deployment which is required for the TS to show up.
      
      It might also be a wrong record in SCCM. What helps in these cases is to delete the machine from SCCM and create a new entry and add the machine to the right collections that have the TS's deployed to them (one visible deployment, one hidden).
      
      We use the MAC Address of machines for identification.
    • When I close the frontend, I do see 3 or 4 task sequences that are advertised to Unknown Computers (set to boot media and PXE - not hidden. So it seems like SCCM recognizes that these are unknown computers, but the OSD Frontend is not showing my list of task sequences set to hidden and deployed to Unknown Computers.
    • Hi, I have the same problem.
      This one comes from the identification of the computer by the OSDFrontEnd.
      The computer is known in SCCM (Name and MAC Address) but the OSDFrontEnd detects the computer as unknown.
      I assure you that the computer is known otherwise SCCM would never let it start on PXE.
  • Dynamic OS
    3 Posts | Last post June 05, 2019
    • Would be awesome if instead of (or in addition to) choosing from different task sequences, you could choose a different OS image
    • Hey Scott, Have you had any success setting up the frontend? if so, how do you configure the task sequence for use with the frontend?
    • You want to deploy the task sequences as available to "Only media and PXE (Hidden)". Must be hidden.
  • Task Sequence?
    1 Posts | Last post May 29, 2019
    • How do you configure the task sequence for use with the front end?
  • Issue with Application Selection
    4 Posts | Last post May 21, 2019
    • Not sure if anyone else has this issue, if IsSelected is set to true for an application in the AppConfig.xml, the application shows checked in the OSD application tab but it will not load the application into the variable. You have to uncheck it then recheck it for it to load into the variable.
    • Hi,
      
      Yes, same problem here.
      The apps i uncheck/check gets picked, or if i check any of the apps which is not selected from start.
    • We have the same issue in our environment 
    • Hi, I also noticed this problem. 
      
      If IsSelected="True" are set in “AppCategory Name” it will not work.
      
      Workaround are either:
      - Uncheck and check manuel
      - In “AppCategory Name” set IsSelected="False" and create individual “AppSelection Name” for each SCCM Application there need to be prechecked with both Mandatory="True" and IsSelected="True". The downside is prechecked applications can be deselected.
         - Please not that setting IsSelected="True" in “AppCategory Name” and Mandatory="False" in “AppSelection Name” will not work.
      
      This will work and set the corrects “APPLICATIONxx” (defined in the OSD variable “AppsTaskSequenceVariableName”)
      
      (Issue seen in “ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd 1.5.1” running with “ConfigMgr WebService 1.7.0”.)
      
      Thanks for at great tool to SCCM 😊 just love it and the way it’s build.
      
  • OSDFrontEnd with Stand Alone Media
    2 Posts | Last post May 17, 2019
    • Has anyone created stand-alone media that includes the OSDFrontEnd with success?  I was able to create a bootable flash drive, boot from USB, OSDFrontEnd loads, select all the options I want, but when I start the process I get an error that says "Unable to load the TS Environment" and my task sequence never starts.
    • My stand-alone media has the OSDFrontEnd and works normally. What I do is have my Boot Image configured normally with the OSD FrontEnd included (as part of the standard Boot Image, not part of the standalone). I then build stand-alone media set to run unattended without any additional files or configuration. The unattended means that it runs the FrontEnd without stopping for manual network configuration. Not including OSDComputerName or other things means that scheduled jobs don't get messed up.
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