Finalize the operating system configuration for Windows 10 deployment with Configuration Manager

Applies to

  • Windows 10

This topic walks you through the steps to finalize the configuration of your Windows 10 operating deployment, which includes enabling optional MDT monitoring for Configuration Manager, logs folder settings, rules configuration, content distribution, and deployment of the previously created task sequence.

For the purposes of this guide, we will use one server computer: CM01.

  • CM01 is a domain member server and Configuration Manager software distribution point. In this guide CM01 is a standalone primary site server. CM01 is running Windows Server 2019. However, an earlier, supported version of Windows Server can also be used.

An existing Configuration Manager infrastructure that is integrated with MDT is used for the following procedures. For more information about the setup for this article, see Prepare for Zero Touch Installation of Windows 10 with Configuration Manager.

Enable MDT monitoring

This section will walk you through the process of creating the D:\MDTProduction deployment share using the MDT Deployment Workbench to enable monitoring for Configuration Manager.

On CM01:

  1. Open the Deployment Workbench, right-click Deployment Shares and click New Deployment Share. Use the following settings for the New Deployment Share Wizard:

    • Deployment share path: D:\MDTProduction
    • Share name: MDTProduction$
    • Deployment share description: MDT Production
    • Options: <default settings>
  2. Right-click the MDT Production deployment share, and click Properties. On the Monitoring tab, select the Enable monitoring for this deployment share check box, and click OK.

    Enable MDT monitoring for Configuration Manager

    Enable MDT monitoring for Configuration Manager

Configure the Logs folder

The D:\Logs folder was created previously and SMB permissions were added. Next, we will add NTFS folder permissions for the Configuration Manager Network Access Account (CM_NAA), and enable server-side logging by modifying the CustomSettings.ini file used by the Configuration Manager task sequence.

On CM01:

  1. To configure NTFS permissions using icacls.exe, type the following at an elevated Windows PowerShell prompt:

    icacls D:\Logs /grant '"CM_NAA":(OI)(CI)(M)'
    
  2. Using File Explorer, navigate to the D:\Sources\OSD\Settings\Windows 10 x64 Settings folder.

  3. To enable server-side logging, edit the CustomSetting.ini file with Notepad.exe and enter the following settings:

    [Settings]
    Priority=Default
    Properties=OSDMigrateConfigFiles,OSDMigrateMode
    
    [Default]
    DoCapture=NO
    ComputerBackupLocation=NONE
    MachineObjectOU=ou=Workstations,ou=Computers,ou=Contoso,dc=contoso,dc=com
    OSDMigrateMode=Advanced
    OSDMigrateAdditionalCaptureOptions=/ue:*\* /ui:CONTOSO\*
    OSDMigrateConfigFiles=Miguser.xml,Migapp.xml
    SLSHARE=\\CM01\Logs$
    EventService=http://CM01:9800
    ApplyGPOPack=NO
    

    Settings package during deployment

    The Settings package, holding the rules and the Unattend.xml template used during deployment

  4. In the Configuration Manager console, update the distribution point for the Windows 10 x64 Settings package by right-clicking the Windows 10 x64 Settings package and selecting Update Distribution Points. Click OK in the popup dialog box.

    Note

    Although you have not yet added a distribution point, you still need to select Update Distribution Points. This process also updates the Configuration Manager content library with changes.

Distribute content to the CM01 distribution portal

In Configuration Manager, you can distribute all packages needed by a task sequence in a single task. In this section, you distribute packages that have not yet been distributed to the CM01 distribution point.

On CM01:

  1. Using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, expand Operating Systems and select Task Sequences. Right-click the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 RTM task sequence, and select Distribute Content.
  2. In the Distribute Content Wizard, click Next twice then on the Specify the content destination page add the Distribution Point: CM01.CONTOSO.COM, and then complete the wizard.
  3. Using the CMTrace tool, verify the distribution to the CM01 distribution point by reviewing the distmgr.log file, or use the Distribution Status / Content Status option in the Monitoring workspace. Do not continue until you see all the new packages being distributed successfully.

Content status

Content status

Create a deployment for the task sequence

This sections provides steps to help you create a deployment for the task sequence.

On CM01:

  1. Using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, expand Operating Systems and select Task Sequences, right-click Windows 10 Enterprise x64 RTM and then click Deploy.

  2. In the Deploy Software Wizard, on the General page, select the All Unknown Computers collection and click Next.

  3. On the Deployment Settings page, use the following settings and then click Next:

    • Purpose: Available
    • Make available to the following: Only media and PXE

    Configure the deployment settings

    Configure the deployment settings

  4. On the Scheduling page, accept the default settings and click Next.

  5. On the User Experience page, accept the default settings and click Next.

  6. On the Alerts page, accept the default settings and click Next.

  7. On the Distribution Points page, accept the default settings, click Next twice, and then click Close.

    Task sequence deployed

    The Windows 10 Enterprise x64 RTM task sequence deployed to the All Unknown Computers collections available for media and PXE

Configure Configuration Manager to prompt for the computer name during deployment (optional)

You can have Configuration Manager prompt you for a computer name or you can use rules to generate a computer name. For more details on how to do this, see Configure MDT settings.

This section provides steps to help you configure the All Unknown Computers collection to have Configuration Manager prompt for computer names.

On CM01:

  1. Using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, select Device Collections, right-click All Unknown Computers, and click Properties.

  2. On the Collection Variables tab, create a new variable with the following settings:

    • Name: OSDComputerName
    • Clear the Do not display this value in the Configuration Manager console check box.
  3. Click OK.

    Note

    Configuration Manager can prompt for information in many ways. Using a collection variable with an empty value is just one of them. Another option is the User-Driven Installation (UDI) wizard.

    Configure a collection variable

    Configure a collection variable

Next, see Deploy Windows 10 using PXE and Configuration Manager.

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