19 February 2013

MDT: Defining and Implementing Make and Model in the SQL Database

This is a very easy, but also tricky process. The first thing you will need to do of course is setup your SQL database if it has not already been done. Next, you will need to obtain the how the make and model of the machine is written in the bios by doing a WMI query. Once this is done, you will want to enter the different make and models in the SQL database. If it is going to be pointing to an application to execute for that specific make and model, you will need to go to the application to make sure Hide this application in the Deployment Wizard is unchecked. If it is checked, the application will not be executed. This is because it checks off the application to be executed during the Windows Deployment Wizard in the Applications screen. If it does not appear there, then it can't be run. That is all that is to doing the make and model.

NOTE: When I do a WMI query, I have the VBScript to put a quotation mark at the end of the name. I do this because sometimes the manufacturer will put spaces after it and if you do not enter it exactly like it is when queried, MDT will not recognize the machine.


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