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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  • having a few problems with v1.4.0
    2 Posts | Last post September 11, 2018
    • Hi Nickolaj,
      thanks for this nice tool. I'm trying to implement it but I'm running in a few problems. 
      First, I got it working at the beginning of the week, did a couple of loads and all. no problem. Yesterday I added some custom profiles to the regional file (which is served via the link) and today I can't get any test machine to go through the frontend. 
      I boot my usb stick, the frontend starts to load but it exits right after I click away the welcome message. I tried looking for the log file which I seem to recall finding in x:\windows\temp or x:\windows\temp\smstslog before (when the frontend was working) but I can't find it. So is logging only done from some point on, and not during startup of the tool? It could help to figure out why it's not working anymore now. 
      I've already tried with a brand new machine, deleted my regular test machine and imported it again, removed the hidden advertisement on the collection and put it back. Nothing seems to really help. I know initially I configured the <DeploySelectedTaskSequence> option in the config file. As it's not marked as mandatory I can leave it blank for the pull down menu you mention in the docs right?
      any help is appreciated 
    • From my experience troubleshooting- check the following (list not exhaustive but might give you some pointers)
      F8 and check you have a network stack (ip address etc)
      check your SMSTS logs in x:\windows\temp for any issues re the deployment
      Is your web service in place and working correctly? Use a web browser to point to the URL to get a response if you haven't checked.
      Check IIS on the server hosting the webservice and the app pool is running.
      If you get any sort of error where it says it cant read your regional config, triple check the XML file for typos. Easily done.
      Double check your XML config in the Boot ISO itself, and you treble check your config is correct and talking to the web service.
      Hope that helps.
  • TS Variables are not applied:
    1 Posts | Last post September 08, 2018
    • Hi Nickolaj
      Thanks for this great tool. I get the Front-END working, but come TS variables like Regional or Join Domain are not applied during the TS ... the computer name is correctly applied, I have no errors during the TS but the final configuration once is deployed is not the expected.
      I know that maybe this TS variables are overwritten during the TS progress ... but where ? how ? is there any chance to query or retrieve TS variables before TS starts ?
      Thanks a lot
  • Calling config.xml from web server
    2 Posts | Last post July 15, 2018
    • Hi Nickolaj,
      Thanks for providing such a good UDI solution, it looks really professional. In the documentation it mentions you can move config.xml to the web server. Could you advise on the syntax to call this from the command line in the boot image pre-start command ?
      Many thanks
    • Hi,
      There's no command syntax for that. You simply just set the value of RegionalConfigFileLocation in OSDFrontEnd.exe.config to the full URL of where the file is located, e.g.
  • Computer name and Operating System
    1 Posts | Last post July 02, 2018
    • Hi Nickolaj
      Great too - have a question or two!
      I'm not getting any TS's back in the OS Make a Selection drop down. I have tried with DeployRestrictTaskSequenceSelection set to True OR False, with DeployConfig.xml set to the appropriate Task Sequences. All integration is fine, I can hook into the web service and its querying AD on authentication and I can browse OU's if necessary. However clicking the Deployment drop down, I get nothing populated. Deployments are configured in SCCM.
      Computer Name..
      Also, I have no auto population of computer name. I'm using CM lookup into SCCM CB, all other methods disabled. When using the Serial number lookup that works so I know its querying the local device from the GUI. The web service is running fine I can query using the FQDN and view the methods.
      I'm running this in debug mode on a VM - don't know if problems could arise here?
      Thanks in advance for your help.
  • Any way to combine feature sets
    1 Posts | Last post June 29, 2018
    • First off, I love the work that you guys are doing. In our environment, we have implemented the dynamic drivers and bios and love it... works like a champ. 
      I've been looking at maybe including this frontend into our environment as we are currently using 2 other different solutions to get the result we are looking for. We are using Johan's Pretty simple frontend for computer name, OU selection, and task sequence choosing. What I like about it is that we can limit the OU selection to just the area we want computer objects to go into. Also, it will move the computer object to the correct OU if it already exists. We also use Coretech's UI++ for authentication and application selection, which allows me to create software groups and application installation order is determined by order of listed apps.
      I am looking at one solution to solve all these issues instead of using multiple. So, I have a few questions and maybe feature requests. Is it possible to re-order the tabs to a custom order? I'd love to see the ability to choose a region and then have the directory populated based on that region, being able to specify starting OU location. Also, I want to verify that this solution will move the object into the correct OU and not just place in current OU. Also, is there a way to prioritize which applications within the categories gets installed first. We have some applications that need to be installed prior to other applications. Along those lines, I saw that in a previous version of this tool, you could specify which applications were mandatory to install and others that were optional. We have a set of applications that get installed on all machines, but also some that are specialized.
      I know this sounds like a lot, but these may be great ideas for anyone else that has such a diverse environment needing this type of customizations.
      Thank you for all your hard work on this and all the other tools you produce.
  • Custom Input Field - Asset Tag
    3 Posts | Last post June 28, 2018
    • I'm very impressed with your work, and I visit your site almost daily.  I do have a quick question though.  Would it be possible to add a custom input field that's almost identical to the name box.  I've developed a script that does an API call to our helpdesk inventory for the device's asset tag, and it could run like the script setting for name.  Basically, it would fill in the box if a record is found, or accept input and pass to a TS variable to be used in my full script later in TS to Post and Put the record updates through powershell (and write to device BIOS/WMI).  Would something like this be possible?
    • Love the tools you and your team develop!!!  I have started looking into this one a bit more again and am wondering how I can get both my domains show up when using IsDirectoryEnabled?  I have my main name and a name.  Is this setting tied to who I am or where something is running?  I have admins in child ous that will need to have pcs added to their child domain not the parent.  thanks again as always!
    • sorry Zach, clicked wrong button.
  • Multiple domain needs
    1 Posts | Last post June 28, 2018
    • Love the tools you and your team develop!!!  I have started looking into this one a bit more again and am wondering how I can get both my domains show up when using IsDirectoryEnabled?  I have my main name and a name.  Is this setting tied to who I am or where something is running?  I have admins in child ous that will need to have pcs added to their child domain not the parent.  thanks again as always!
  • MININT computername in Status messages
    1 Posts | Last post June 13, 2018
    • Hi Nikolaj, great work as always. Quick question: I am currently using a custom powershell script to set netbios name, select domain/non-domain etc in our current SCCM OS deployment setup, however whenever OS is being deployed on 5-10 computers at the same time tracking the correct computer. Do you know if there is any way to "inject" the netbios name i set in the powershell script so that this value is shown in status messages instead of the random "MININT-xxx" computernames? Settings computername is one of the many features in OSD frontend: Will ODS frontend behave the same way in Status messages or will it show the netbios name we set? 
  • OU Picker
    3 Posts | Last post June 04, 2018
    • Hi Nickolaj,
      Really loving this FrontEnd, looks great and works a treat. Is there any plans to add a function to choose the OU the computer gets put into? It seems to be quite a common feature across other frontends and would be great to have in yours as well
    • Hi Thomas,
      It's coming in version 1.4.0 that'll be released at the end of this month.
    • For now we fixed that by using a regionalconfig.xml with extra variables added to the xml. Not very flexible but since we want different types of systems to land into specific OU's it works.
      What would be nice is a part were you have a few boxes with selections like for instance the language you want to set for the UI or maybe a choice for the Office version you would like the install (x86 or x64). I know this kind of thing could also be fixed by just creating lots of regional choices and adding extra variables for the things you'd like to be variable in your TS but this would lead to a long list of regional configs to chose from. It would be nicer to have those checkboxes and when checking a box set a dynamic variable.
      And last but not least... an option to make the labels and titles in the frontend customizable so we can use the dutch language in the UI.
      Keep up the good work!
  • Computer is known in SCCM but computer name is left blank
    3 Posts | Last post June 04, 2018
    • Ever since using the tool I notcied sometimes that the computer name is left blank. We can click on details which shows what type of machine it is, the serial number and the mac address etc.
      We've set the options in the configuration to 
      ComputerNameFromMDT False 
      ComputerNameFromCM True 
      ComputerNameBySerial False 
      ComputerNameByScript False
      We've manually added this system to SCCM using the MAC address and added it to the collection used for deploying our task sequence.
      When we click next in the frontend we can select the task sequence and we can also start it. The task sequence does it's job and if we look at the logs we can see that the system is being deployed with the correct computername which was not visible in the frontend. When we retry the task sequence after succesfully having deployed it the computer name is visible in the frontend.
      After removing the system from SCCM and manually adding it the name is left blank again in the frontend, but the system goes through the right task sequences with the correct computer name so it is known to SCCM.
      I haven't tried it with other systems but it seems that after manually adding a system the system is known in SCCM but in the frontend it's left blank. After deploying it SCCM has far more information about the system and retrying the frontend returns the computer name instead of a blank one. Maybe the frontend looks at a parameter in SCCM which is still empty just after manually adding it?
      Do you have any idea why this is happening? Is there some debug log to check? It's a great tool but having empty computer names when the system is present in SCCM is a bit tricky when you want to use it in production.
    • Hi,
      What's the value of ComputerDetectionType? If you import it using MacAdress and this settings it set to UUID, it'll not detect it.
    • Here's a snippet from our config file
      <setting name="ComputerNameBySerial" serializeAs="String">
                  <setting name="ComputerNameByScript" serializeAs="String">
                  <setting name="ComputerNameFromMDT" serializeAs="String">
                  <setting name="ComputerNameFromCM" serializeAs="String">
                  <setting name="ComputerDetectionType" serializeAs="String">
      In the documentation it says
      There’s a new application setting named ComputerDetectionType that controls the property used from WMI when the frontend is attempting to identify the computer it’s running on. Previously, this was hard-coded for the UUID (SMBIOS GUID), but it can now be set to the MacAddress also, if needed.
      In your answer you say 'MacAdress' with only one D instead of two. Maybe a typo in the code? I'll try testing it tomorrow with only one D in the config file to see if that fixes the problem.
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