ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd 1.5.1

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 easy to use.

 
 
 
 
 
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  • OSD Frontend not starting
    2 Posts | Last post February 06, 2018
    • Hi,
      
      I'd like to use the tool but it doesn't start. When checking the SMSTS.log, I find the error failed to run 0x800736B1. When starting osdfrontend.exe with the debug option it returns 'The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect'.
      Do you have any idea what the problem could be?
      Thank you in advance.
      Jurgen
    • I have the same error(i am upgrading from 1.2.0)
  • Dynamic App Tree based on Region
    2 Posts | Last post February 06, 2018
    • 
      First, I would like to say we are looking into your teams OSD front end and web service and things look very promising for us.  We are a global organization where the apps deployed during OSD vary on the country.  Is there a way to use the config.xml for region to populate the AppsCollectionID in the main xml?  Can a variable be used to point to an entry in each region in the config file? 
      
      
      
    • Hi,
      
      Unfortunately not. There's not really any dynamics built between the sections. However in ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd 1.3.0 you can build your custom Apps section with any folder level and name you want, and associate regional specific apps for each folder. Have a look at the example in the latest documentation.
      
      Regards,
      Nickolaj
  • Not working with webservice 1.5.0
    2 Posts | Last post February 06, 2018
    • Preflight check (at least I think that is what prompts the message) says the following:
      Unsupported version of ConfigMgr WebService detected.  Required minimum version is 1.4.0, current implemented version is
      
      it stops at is, meaning it does not know what version it is running.
      
      I looked in the registry of the server hosting the webservice and it says 1.5.0.
      
      I will try to disable that portion of pre-flight but I would like it to check that for me.
      
      thanks in advance!
    • Hi Roger,
      
      You need ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd version 1.3.0 for it to work with ConfigMgr WebService 1.5.0.
      
      Regards,
      Nickolaj
  • Task Sequence and computername
    2 Posts | Last post February 05, 2018
    • love the look at the version 1.3.0
      have some issues,, when computer boots up, there is not any computername populate from the Configmgr.
      under deployment, there is no task sequence available 
      
      is there any solution to this ?
      
      regards
    • over the weekend all is fine. 
      must be an setting i ConfigMgr.. 
  • Customizable sections and othe rstuff
    2 Posts | Last post January 17, 2018
    • I like the look and feel of the tool and what it can do but the only thing I am able to customize in the headers is the REGION part. I'd like the whole frontend to be in my native language (which is Dutch) so would it be possible to make all other headers customizable? (Device/Deploy/Apps/User/etc)?
      
      Would it also be possible to use another format for the logo than BMP. I'd like the logo to be transparant so it fits in with whatever color I choose for the interface. Now I have to decide about the color beforehand and make sure the background color for my logo matches that color.
      
      And another request...  to be able to select applications for installation you must deploy them to one and the same collection. We don't use the same collection for every application, we use unique collections with unique ID's. I'd prefer if the frontend had some kind of mechanism to show all applications that are available for installation. You might use a Collection variable for that purpose like 'frontend' = yes. Than only applications which are deployed to a collection with that variable set to yes are shown in the frontend and once you select it the application is added for installation in the TS.
      
      For now I have worked around this by using the config.xml to add a few deployments (laptops, desktop, virtual machines) and inside the sections I added my own customized task sequence variables that add certain applications to the TS for instance
      
      <Setting Name="7-Zip">yes</Setting>
      
      In the TS I have a rule on the application which says... only install the application if the TS variable '7-ZIP' is set to yes.
      
      Just some of my ramblings. Keep up the good work and thanks for all your work so far.
      
    • Hi,
      
      Thank you for your comments and ramblings :)
      
      I do not have any plans on implementing any localization support for the frontend as of yet, simply because I don't have any idea how I would do that (haven't looked into it).
      
      The format for the logo must be BMP unfortunately. Trust me, I've tried using a PNG file with transparency, but it crashes the frontend when used in WinPE (don't know why, and I'm not a developer that can debug that in WinPE). I'm aware of the pain, but I'm unsure on how to fix it. I'm assuming it's something in the subsystem of WinPE that is lacking.
      
      In ConfigMgr OSD FrontEnd 1.3.0 there is a change in how it's detecting applications that show up under Apps. I'm going away from the collection deployment method and instead using Administrative Categories. It will be released shortly.
      
      Regards,
      Nickolaj
  • Domain OU Selection
    1 Posts | Last post December 27, 2017
    • So far, loving the tool.  Is there a help file for config.xml variables and usage?
      
      I used to have a VB script in the MDT Integrated SCCM task sequence that moved the device to an OU based on the naming convention (SITE-LT-SERIAL).  We no longer use the LT designation in the OSDComputerName so I need to move the device to the Laptop or Desktop OU based on another variable.  How can I use the config.xml file to select the right OU based on the device type? CustomSettings.ini from MDT used Laptop-True subsection to help with laptop-specific decisions.
  • x86 or x64 ?
    2 Posts | Last post October 20, 2017
    • Hi Nickolaj,
      
      Thank you for your wonderful work !
      
      Is OSDFrontEnd.exe a x86 application ? I get this message "winpe subsystem needed to support the image type is not present" on a x64 boot image.
      
      Best regards,
      Alexis
    • It's an x64 app. Take a look at the documents and make sure your boot image includes the optional components required to run it.
      
      Regards,
      Nickolaj
  • A couple feature requests/ideas
    2 Posts | Last post July 21, 2017
    • Would it be possible to change what applications are available based on which region is selected?  For instance, it could query a different collection based on the region.
      
      Is it possible to set other task sequence variables via the region xml config file, even a custom variable?
      
      Is it possible to pre-set certain options(OS selection, region, etc.) based on the location(default gateway) of the device?
    • Hi Andrew,
      
      It's not possible to change the applications based on region. The config.xml file can hold any variable you like, even your custom ones. Every variable in the file will be created in the TS environment with the value specified in the config.xml file.
      
      It's not possible to pre-configure the frontend as of now unfortunately. I'll add that to the feature list for a future release.
      
      Regards,
      Nickolaj
  • configure custom options
    2 Posts | Last post July 21, 2017
    • Is it possible to add a custom page with options like a checkbox or a dropdown and set variables upon it? Also a way to use more than one collection for the Apps page would be great.
    • Hi Heinz,
      
      The framework for the frontend has not been built to support custom sections. However, I'll add it to the feature list. Regarding the multiple collections, just help me to understand the need for several collections. Are you trying to eliminate the additional deployments for the applications?
      
      Regards,
      Nickolaj
  • Computer Account location in ADUC
    2 Posts | Last post May 24, 2017
    • I was wondering if the script could be made to read the AD structure (say for example to read OUs called Computers and/or Servers so that you could select where you want the computer account to be generated.
    • Hi,
      
      That could sound like a good idea, but think about organizations with 100's of Organizational Units. It would be a pain in the a** to deploy devices for technicians/admins if they'd have to browse through the structure each time.
      
      I appreciate the idea though, please keep them coming!
      
      Regards,
      Nickolaj
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