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What is SCCM?


This article describes the process and steps used to ‘image a machine’ using Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and is designed for use by Science IT staff.

SCCM provides a set of tools and resources to manage the task of creating, modifying, and distributing software packages to computers. Packages are usually applications you want to install on a computer but can also be individual files and updates. SCCM uses a set of task sequences to image the machine.

The Windows 7 operating system is used as a starting point for the image. The image basically contains the basic configuration settings and applications. Additional departmental software is added after the initial image setup. The additional departmental software needs to have been packaged on the system (See Microsoft link here for information on creating packages)

SCCM can be used on standard leased Science IT windows computers but if the machine is new you need to check that the drivers have been packaged into the SCCM system or the task sequence will fail.



SCCM will install on standard SIT PC’s where the drivers have been packaged into the SCCM build, if not the task sequence will fail



1. Insure Fleet management procedures have been followed – Found here

2. If rebuilding a previously imaged machine using SCCM – Delete the machine from SCCM (please contact the ITS Microsoft Services team )

3. Set up a network connection

Using Rincewind – Found here

Or Machine Manager – Found here

4. Bootable Media


Burn to disk and boot from CD or make a bootable USB – Found here

Select Next


Disk Preparation

Steps to follow:

1) After booting the machine with SCCM boot-disk press F8 to get a command prompt. Type diskpart

2) Type list disk (to show the ID number of the hard disk to partition, normally is Disk 0)

3) Type select disk 0 (change 0 to another number if applicable)

4) Type clean

5) Type create partition primary

6) Type select partition 1

7) Type active

8) Type format fs=ntfs quick

9) Type exit

10) Restart and boot from the SCCM boot media again


select FoS Windows7


In the next window the requirement is to change the computer name, this should follow the SIT naming convension –  Found here


Join to UOA domain, OU=fac_sc with UOA a admin logon


use the SIT secret password




Next – make sure No backup is selected


select apps

Chemistry PC’s select all except Chem Lab and SciFinder

For CS don’t install MSDN or Visual Studio as they are out of date, install manually if required

Maple, Mathematica & Matlab are out of date, install manually

R is out of date

Once selection is made, Next to apply and install, the average time is around 3hours

Windows will start up

Final Configuration

Login with as admin and configure the following

1. In Bios – turn on Wake on Lan (remote wake up) & Disable Deep Sleep mode

2. In Windows Firewall – turn on File and Print service & Remote Desktop

3. In Control Panel  – In Programs update Office to install all features

4. Run Windows updates

5. Give admin rights to the user

6. Configure Caps Printer – 2 ways

– Local LPR printer pointing to,  queue is caps-print

– Use the following script logged on as Administrator

printui /ga /n\
printui /ga /n\

start /wait sc stop spooler
start /wait sc start spooler


(save the scirpt into notepad and name with the extention .cmd to run) 

7. Install any additional software



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