SCCM 2012 - Capturing an Image

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Create SCCM Client package

  • New package from def-follow steps to use existing client upgrade.
  • Add it to the distribution points

USING VIRTUAL MACHINES IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WHEN BUILDING IMAGES SO THAT YOU CAN CREATE SNAPSHOTS ALONG THE WAY

Using CopyProfile to copy the Administrator Profile to Default Profile

  1. Run sysprep/audit to enter audit mode.
  2. Create a customized administrator profile in Audit mode.
  3. Create an unattend.xml file with the copyprofile step included
  4. Ran sysprep /generalize /oobe /reboot /unattend:unattend.xml
  5. The profile is then copied to my default user profile.
  6. Use the SCCM Capture Media to capture the image.

Media to boot and capture reference image

  1. Right Click Boot Images under Operating System Deployment
  2. Select "Create new boot image using Microsoft Deployment.
  3. Once the Boot image has been created, add a distribution point.
  4. Push boot image to the distribution point.
  1. For image capture to succeed:
    1. Computer must not be joined to a domain (you can join it as part of the image build process, just make sure to unjoin it before you try to capture an image)
    2. Administrator password must be blank.
    3. If you have logged in with an AD profile, you need to delete the SID key from the registry, located here HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList before you pull an image.


  1. Create capture media-from task sequence
    1. Right Click Task Sequences and select "Create Task Sequence Media"
    2. Select "Capture Media"
    3. Select either USB or ISO, if ISO is used burn to media after creation.
    4. Boot the computer into the Full OS, don't boot to capture media!
    5. Run the Capture Wizard.
      1. Capture Wizard is located on the media under sms\bin\i386\tsmbautorun
    6. Select a location to save the reference image, an external hard drive works well.

Add image to SCCM in OSD

  1. Copy reference image to \\ConfigMgrServer\osd\images\ReferenceImages
  • Expand image and distribute it to the dist point
  • Create Task Sequence-Install existing image package-select appropriate boot image

  • Make sure you have a collection to target
  • RT-click OSD task sequence, advertise