Install Dynamic Applications using SCCM CB Full Standalone Media

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The SCCM CB standalone media wizard helps admin to create ISO file (.iso). This ISO file helps to build machines which are not connected to the network. Standalone media in SCCM contains everything that is required to deploy the operating system on a computer. The machine should not be connected to an SCCM CB site or the network. In this post, we will see whether we would be able to “Install Dynamic Applications using SCCM CB Full Standalone Media.”

In this post, we will also discuss about how to create SCCM CB offline standalone media with applications, collection variables, etc..

Check out the Offline Build Standalone Media Video here

SCCM Standalone media contains everything required for building an operating system on a machine. The applications and packages referenced in the Task Sequence will not get installed automatically as part of this offline media process.

Is this true for all the SCCM CB builds? Yes, it’s true that the dynamic apps or packages won’t get installed automatically. But, we have a user voice item to include these features into offline standalone media. You can check out the User Voice item from here.

Install Dynamic Applications using SCCM CB Full Standalone Media

As you can see in the above picture, the development work is already started on this User Voice item. The installation of dynamic applications and packages are not included in the latest version of SCCM CB 1709. But, the SCCM CB standalone media wizard has an option to include the content of dynamic applications referenced in the Task Sequence.

We can use SCCM SDK to build offline standalone media solution and include dynamic application installation feature as part of SCCM standalone media. But, it would be great if  we can include this option as a native feature of SCCM.

I think, the apps/packages which are referenced in original task sequence will get installed automatically.

How to Create SCCM CB Standalone Media?

Navigate via SCCM Console Software Library work-space – Operating Systems – Task Sequences.  Click on “Create Task Sequence Media” button from the ribbon menu of SCCM CB console.

Create Task Sequence Wizard has four media creation options. In this post, we are going to see how to create standalone media for SCCM CB.

  • Standalone Media – Creates media used to deploy operating systems without network access.
  • Bootable media – Creates media used to deploy operating systems using SCCM infra connectivity. This media won’t have the content of OS image and applications.
  • Capture media – Creates media used to capture operating system deployment image from a reference computer.
  • Prestaged media – Creates a file to be prestaged on a new hard drive that includes an operating system image

More details available in the video tutorial here

Install Dynamic Applications using SCCM CB Full Standalone MediaSpecify the media type – The media type page has two options. One for removal media like USB drive. Another option is CD/DVD set. You can also specify the media size – 4 GB, Unlimited, etc… You can specify the path where you want to save the ISO file of standalone media.

Select security settings for the media – We can set a password for standalone media to have more safety and avoid accidental OS re-imaging. Also, there is an option to set an expiry date for standalone media.

Select the Task Sequence which will help to rebuild the machine. This page will show you the details Task Sequence content. On the next page – Select application content to add, you can select the apps you want to have the part of Offline standalone media. The content of the selected apps and packages will be available for manual installation on the device.

On the Distribution Points page, specify the distribution points that contain the content required by the task sequence, and then click Next. You must have Read access rights to the content library on the distribution points. Make sure these contents are distributed to the DP. Otherwise, you won’t be able to create SCCM CB Standalone media.

More details available in the video tutorial here

Specify the variables that the task sequence uses to deploy the operating system. This will help to customize the Operating systems during the build. This could help to the installation of language pack, setting up timezone, regional settings, etc..

You will also have the option to specify any prestart commands that you want to run before the task sequence to SCCM standalone media.

Install Dynamic Applications using SCCM CB Full Standalone Media

How to Troubleshoot SCCM Standalone Media Creation Issues?

Most of the offline media issues are because of WMI or memory related. If you don’t have enough memory available on the machine where you are trying to create offline media then, you could get errors.

I have explained about another offline standalone media creation issue in the previous post “SCCM ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 Create TsMedia failed with error 0x800b0108.”

Also, we can have a look at the log file CreateTsMedia.log . This log file will be located in the same location where your SCCM console is installed. C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\AdminUILog.

SCCM CB Full Standalone Media with Applications

Conclusion

Installation of  Dynamic Applications using standalone offline media is not supported with SCCM CB 1709. The content of these apps is part of standalone media. This helps to install the apps manually on the machine.I hope, SCCM PG will include this feature to have a better experience for SCCM admins/operation teams.

Sample SCCM CB Standalone :-

  Success: Task sequence media information  Success: Task sequence media information• Media type: CD/DVD set• Media size: Unlimited• Output path: \\SCCMTP1\Sources\Windows 10\Offline Media\Win10 Offline Media 1709 Copy1.iso• Allow unattended operating system deployment: No• Protect media with password: No• Task sequence: TP10001B-Windows 10 CYOD• Prestart command: No• Distribution point(s): SCCMTP1.INTUNE.COM• Total size of media content, MB:  4631• SHA256 checksums:  \\SCCMTP1\Sources\Windows 10\Offline Media\Win10 Offline Media 1709 Copy1.iso403CB70C4620245E85ACFA735D0C2B64C90DC3AAEC3792A55D8E523039377EC0   Success: Applications:• Mozilla Firefox (ach)   Success: Packages:• Microsoft Corporation User State Migration Tool for Windows 10.0.15063.0• Configuration Manager Client Package

References:-

  • Create stand-alone media with ConfigMgr – here
  • Support installation of packages/apps via dynamic variables in Standalone Media – here

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