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  • We are using Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to deploy our operating systems.  We have created USB bootable boot images where we select the OS task sequence to run. The problem we are having is that the OS task sequence isn't showing up as a choice...initially. The weird thing is, we checked back in the afternoon a few hours later and the task sequence showed up. 

    Anyone know what might be causing the task sequence to not initially show up, but then randomly show up a few hours later without any changes? 

    While the new computer was in the task sequence selection screen we pressed F8 and ran a cmtrace to view the smsts.log file. We did notice one line showing:

    Client GUID = GUIDcrazylettersandnumbers, Netbios name = (name of the PC I imaged right before this one), State = Known. 

    This looked a little fishy seeing the name of the PC I just imaged in this log file. I’m not sure if this has something to do with the problem.

    I also didn't quite know what terms to search for to narrow down this problem.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:21 PM

Answers

  • *UPDATE*

    I came up with a solution for USB boot that changes the SMSBIOS GUID. I'll post the steps shortly.

    1. Downloaded AMIDMI.exe which is a tool from ASROCK that has the ability to reprogram the GUID.  http://www.wintotal.de/server/tipps/amidmi.zip. Extract the contents to a folder.
    2. Downloaded FreeDOS bootable USB flash drive image from http://chtaube.eu/computers/freedos/bootable-usb/ . Extract that BZ2 file to its own folder.
    3. Download Win32 Disk Imager from http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
    4. Use Win32 disk imager to write the FreeDOS image to your USB flash drive.
    5. Copy AMIDMI.exe to the USB disk
    6. Boot to the USB Disk
    7. On the black DOS screen, press enter and then select option 4 (Load FreeDOS without drivers)
    8. At the C:\> prompt type cd amidmi
    9. At the C:\AMIDMI\> prompt type amidmi /u
    10. When the prompt comes up again type reboot and take out the USB stick.
    11. Continue with normal imaging of the PC.

    • Proposed as answer by Daniel JiSun Monday, September 15, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Edited by Chadillac_Dubz Monday, September 15, 2014 7:39 PM Submitting steps to fix the problem
    • Marked as answer by Chadillac_Dubz Monday, September 15, 2014 7:40 PM
    Friday, September 12, 2014 7:24 PM

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  • Hi,

    Can you reporduce the issue after the task sequence showed up?

    Please share smsts.log and TSagent.log. 

    Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:38 AM
  • Yes I can reproduce the issue.

    I ended up creating a query based Collection that finds all PCs with a particular SMBIOS GUID.  The results showed a member count of 60. Apparently our OEM isn't adhering to industry standards. This explains why the task sequence doesn't show up now.  It thinks it is a known computer.

    I found a KB article explaining this: Article ID: 2591483

    The problem now is:  What do we do next?  If our OEM can't get back to us with a BIOS update or utility of some sort, is there a different workaround?  We are using USB boot (Not PXE), so I don't think the BannedGUIDs registry entry of WDS would work in this case. Right?

    Friday, September 12, 2014 1:44 PM
  • *UPDATE*

    I came up with a solution for USB boot that changes the SMSBIOS GUID. I'll post the steps shortly.

    1. Downloaded AMIDMI.exe which is a tool from ASROCK that has the ability to reprogram the GUID.  http://www.wintotal.de/server/tipps/amidmi.zip. Extract the contents to a folder.
    2. Downloaded FreeDOS bootable USB flash drive image from http://chtaube.eu/computers/freedos/bootable-usb/ . Extract that BZ2 file to its own folder.
    3. Download Win32 Disk Imager from http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
    4. Use Win32 disk imager to write the FreeDOS image to your USB flash drive.
    5. Copy AMIDMI.exe to the USB disk
    6. Boot to the USB Disk
    7. On the black DOS screen, press enter and then select option 4 (Load FreeDOS without drivers)
    8. At the C:\> prompt type cd amidmi
    9. At the C:\AMIDMI\> prompt type amidmi /u
    10. When the prompt comes up again type reboot and take out the USB stick.
    11. Continue with normal imaging of the PC.

    • Proposed as answer by Daniel JiSun Monday, September 15, 2014 3:33 AM
    • Edited by Chadillac_Dubz Monday, September 15, 2014 7:39 PM Submitting steps to fix the problem
    • Marked as answer by Chadillac_Dubz Monday, September 15, 2014 7:40 PM
    Friday, September 12, 2014 7:24 PM
  • Just to make things clear, the above fix is for an American Megatrends BIOS on an Intel based machine. I have not tested this with any other BIOS.
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:57 AM