OSD Wizard Updates (0.95 release)

I’ve worked my way through a series of additional features for OSD Wizard (a ConfigMgr/ SCCM Task Sequence front-end/ modern HTA) this week – namely the introduction of run-time “modes” – Default, Set-Description, ExportOU, Test. With these modes you can now:

  • Set AD Computer Account description mid-Task Sequence using OSD Wizard/ Web Service as opposed to using a separate script with RunAs credentials
  • Perform a compatible OU export using the OSD Wizard script itself (and automate/ schedule this if so desired), rather than performing this manually
  • Fully test OSD Wizard outside of a Task Sequence environment (without the need for the SMS TS Environment COM Object) – including the ability to spoof platform information/ properties.

Grab a copy of the latest release here: https://gitlab.com/chrismbradford/osd-wizard

Introducing OSD Wizard – A PowerShell Front-End / HTA for ConfigMgr Task Sequences

When I first started working with SCCM/ ConfigMgr a few years ago I ran into several issues with upstream teams trying to deploy Task Sequences to devices that were untested (i.e. there were no drivers), power was not plugged in, the user supplied hostname was duplicated in target domain etc. This generated unnecessary Incidents, and delays in getting devices out to users. I became increasingly frustrated at the lack of ConfigMgr built-in capabilities to address these issues, so I turned to vbScript to write a HTA / front-end to address these issues. vbScript is now, several years later, a dying technology, so over time I have re-written the vbScript/ HTA in PowerShell, leveraging WPF and XAML to generate a user interface.

OSDWizard UI

OSD Wizard is a PowerShell script with a WPF/ XAML-based UI built for use within System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr) Task Sequences – it has two key purposes, the second of which is optional:

  1. Reduce “human error” factors during early stages of Operating System Deployment
  2. Enable location (network) derived automation for multi-language environments

You can read through the details of the project, download and review the source code (and even contribute!) via GitLab, here: https://gitlab.com/chrismbradford/osd-wizard