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The following questions and answers can help you understand when to use and how to configure Configuration Manager on Microsoft Azure. Certainly, this is a supported scenario. Site-to-site communications file-based and database replication benefits from the proximity of being hosted in Azure.
However, all client related traffic would be remote from site servers and site systems. If you use a fast and reliable network connection between Azure and your intranet with an unlimited data plan, hosting all your infrastructure in Azure is an option.
However, if you use a metered data plan and available bandwidth or cost is a concern, or the network connection between Azure and your intranet is not fast or can be unreliable, then consider placing specific sites and site systems on-premises and then use the bandwidth controls built into Configuration Manager.
No, it is an IaaS Infrastructure as a Service because you host your Configuration Manager infrastructure servers in Azure virtual machines. Great question, here are the areas that are most important when making this decision, each is explored in a separate section of this topic:.
Networking is a very important decision. Network speeds and latency can affect functionality between the site server and remote site systems and any client communication to the site systems.
Our recommendation is to use ExpressRoute. You should carefully review your requirements performance, patching, software distribution, operation system deployment from this infrastructure and then make your decision. Some things to consider for each solution include:. The options you select depend on the scenario you are implementing and how much data you plan to distribute.
When you use a metered data plan, placing specific sites and site systems on-premises and using Configuration Manager's built-in bandwidth controls can help control the cost of using Azure. When you move to Azure, the supported configurations remain the same, including Active Directory requirements for installing Configuration Manager. No, Azure Active Directory is not supported at this time. Your site servers still must be members of a Windows Active Directory domain.
Azure VM Availability sets can be used for redundant site system roles like distribution points or management points. You can also use them for the Configuration Manager site servers. For example, central administration sites and primary sites can all be in the same availability set which can help you ensure that they are not rebooted at the same time. AlwaysOn Availability Groups are recommended and are officially supported starting with version of Configuration Manager. While Configuration Manager is not tested with Azure load balancers, if the functionality is transparent to the application, it should not have any adverse effects on normal operations.
But there are some differences between regular computer hardware and Azure VMs, especially when it comes to the disks these VMs use.
What size VMs you use depends on the size of your environment but here are some recommendations:. The following tables list the initial suggested disk counts to utilize at primary and central administration sites for various size installations:. Co-located site database - Primary or central administration site with the site database on the site server:. Remote site database - Primary or central administration site with the site database on a remote server:.
The decisions you make for networking, availability, performance, and where you place your Configuration Manager site servers can affect your users directly. Except for communication from the site server to a distribution point, these server-to-server communications in a site can occur at any time and do not use mechanisms to control the use of network bandwidth.
Because you cannot control the communication between site systems, any costs associated with these communications should be considered. Network speeds and latency are other factors to consider as well. Slow or unreliable networks could impact functionality between the site server and remote site systems as well any client communication to the site systems. The number of managed clients that use a given site system as well as the features you actively use should also be considered.
In general, you can leverage the normal guidance as it relates to WAN links and site systems as a starting point. Ideally, the network throughput that you select and receive between Azure and your intranet will be consistent with a WAN that is well-connected with a fast network.
If PXE or multicast support is required, you must use on-premises distribution points standard or pull to respond to boot requests. With the Configuration Manager versionwe introduced the Cloud Management Gateway as a pre-release feature.Preboot execution environment PXE -initiated OS deployments in Configuration Manager let clients request and deploy operating systems over the network.
In this deployment scenario, you send the OS image and the boot images to a PXE-enabled distribution point. When you create an OS deployment that targets only x64 BIOS computers, both the x64 boot image and x86 boot image must be available on the distribution point. Refresh an existing computer with a new version of Windows.
Install a new version of Windows on a new computer bare metal. Complete the steps in one of the OS deployment scenarios, and then use the sections in this article to prepare for PXE-initiated deployments. If you use PXE deployments, and configure device hardware with the network adapter as the first boot device, these devices can automatically start an OS deployment task sequence without user interaction.
Deployment verification doesn't manage this configuration.
Understand PXE boot in Configuration Manager
While this configuration may simplify the process and reduce user interaction, it puts the device at greater risk for accidental reimage. To deploy operating systems to Configuration Manager clients that make PXE boot requests, you must configure one or more distribution points to accept PXE requests.
Once you configure the distribution point, it responds to PXE boot requests and determines the appropriate deployment action to take. For more information, see Install or modify a distribution point. Add the following settings to support this configuration:.
Use the information to enable PXE on a boot image and distribute the boot image to distribution points:.
If you change the properties for the boot image, update and redistribute the boot image to distribution points. For more information, see Distribute content. Configuration Manager may recognize multiple computers as the same device if they have duplicate SMBIOS attributes or you use a shared network adapter.
Mitigate these issues by managing duplicate hardware identifiers in hierarchy settings. For more information, see Manage duplicate hardware identifiers. In some circumstances, the process to Manage duplicate hardware identifiers may be easier. The behaviors of each can cause different results in some scenarios. The exclusion list never boots a client with the listed MAC address, no matter what. When you deploy operating systems with PXE, you can create an exclusion list on each distribution point.
Add the MAC addresses to the exclusion list of the computers you want the distribution point to ignore. Listed computers don't receive the deployment task sequences that Configuration Manager uses for PXE deployment.
Create a text file on the distribution point that is enabled for PXE. As an example, name this text file pxeExceptions. Use a plain text editor, such as Notepad, and add the MAC addresses of the computers to be ignored by the PXE-enabled distribution point. Separate the MAC address values by colons, and enter each address on a separate line.
For example: ab.
Save the text file on the PXE-enabled distribution point site system server. The text file may be saved to any location on the server.The solutions that are provided in the following Knowledge Base article can resolve most issues that affect PXE boot:.
To configure these settings without having WDS enabled, follow these guidelines:. To do this, follow these steps on the WDS server:. At this stage, there are no logs to refer to.
Although this helps narrow the focus of your troubleshooting, you might still have to capture a network trace of the issue by using a network monitoring tool such as Netmon or WireShark.
The network monitoring tool must be installed on both the PXE-enabled DP and a computer that is connected to a mirrored port on the switch. For more information about how to configure mirrored ports, refer to the manual that's provided by the manufacturer of the specific switch or routing device.
Then, stop the trace, and save it for further analysis. The request from the client 0. Follow these guidelines:. Here, the client is sending read requests for the Wdsnbp. This indicates that something is preventing the acknowledgment from being received by the client. Here is what the data should look like.
The most common issues that occur during this phase are driver-related. However, sometimes, a required driver isn't included. The following guidelines apply to this process:. Remember to enable the command prompt during startup so that you can examine this file. You can see the WIMs in the following directory they will also be in the content library :.
In the following example, the Task Sequence is deployed to an unknown computer, but it is already in the database. The first symptom is that the PXE boot is aborted. You can see in this entry that when the NBS stored procedures ran, they found no available policy. The reverse can also be true. Skip to main content. Select Product Version. All Products. More Information. Notice that if WDS wasn't installed, this registry key may not exist. After the restart, the option should be displayed correctly.
This issue usually occurs only if a DHCP console was left open when the two commands were run. This is not supported. Test whether the device can start when it is plugged into a switch on the same subnet as the PXE-enabled DP. If it can, the issue likely involves the router configuration. No DHCP offers were received.Install Windows or any OS over network [PXE Boot]
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Hi, Thanks for your posting. According to my research, it's not possible. Sorry for this.
Use PXE to deploy Windows over the network with Configuration Manager
Saturday, October 26, AM. Any change in this? Monday, March 6, PM. This would be a fantastic feature of Azure VM's. If anyone has any additional info on if this is possible yet please let us know! Monday, July 10, PM. No it is not possible. Given that you can do this, I don't see there being an option to boot from PXE added. Sam, definitely understand it's not possible today, however wouldn't it be much more convenient for example if you had SCCM running in Azure and you want to build test machines for various things to be able to just use the network fabric in Azure to build a machine rather than having to upload a VHD?
Any changes you make to the reference image would need to be recaptured every time and uploaded. I for one think that would an awesome extension of Azure.This is a continuation of my previous post on Windows AutoPilot for existing devices. That be devices which are shared between users in public spaces and kiosk devices in particular. This is all very basic ConfigMgr, but for your convenience I have included a few pictures of the deployment of the Task Sequence.
Note to self and everyone else: Self deploying profiles requires TPM 2. You will want to enable Convert all targeted devices to AutoPilot on the profile as shown below.
The Out-Of-Box Experience is configured as below. The important part here is the device name. Again, see below rule for inspiration. First step is obviously to PXE boot a select device and run the task sequence. Everything pretty standard. Next up is to complete the AutoPilot Out-Of-Box Experience by signing in with credentials which is allowed to join devices into Azure AD, enroll devices into Intune and is assigned the proper license.
Now, considering this will be a shared device, I have created a unique account for the purpose sharedpc imab. Note that there is a max limit on how many devices a given user can have in both Intune and Azure AD.
And for your inspiration, this is how I have configured the Enrollment Status Page. Notice I have configured the page to block the device until 3 specific apps has been installed. And when everything is done configuring and installing, the user is automatically signed in where we can verify our required apps indeed are installed.
One of the required apps is the relevant pictures, packaged as a line-of-business app. I want to make sure the device is somewhat properly branded before being presented as ready. Moving forward with signing into the device, I have created relevant configurations which gives the user a short instruction on how to sign in with the Shared PC guest account. More on this later. And the final and complete Shared PC experience with a full screen start menu. Also more on this later.
For now, I have following configurations in Intune in place. If you have any questions in regards to a specific configuration, please let me know. Note: All of these configurations are obviously assigned to my group consisting of the relevant AutoPilot Shared PC devices. Same group as earlier. Not to my knowledge. Depends on the Office version and your needs.
Office ProPlus comes with a shared computer option. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. How do you license Office when using an local guest account?At this point, the basic PXE boot is done. There will be additional interaction between the client and the PXE server, but that is decided by the implementation of the NBP.
Those eight steps mentioned above normally works as long as the broadcast from the client can get to the servers. That should not be a problem when the client and the servers are on the same network.
But what if the client and servers are on different networks? The answer is in the configuration of the routers. They need to be able to route the client requests from the network of the client to the network of the DHCP server. One such simple router rule is the " ip helper. But what about the PXE requests?
There is no other skill to learn. It is the same thing that you already know how to do and that you have already done. This time, you just need to do it for another server, the PXE server.
Even though there is a very, very simple solution, you will see administrators using an alternative route. It will also respond to the client with path to the network boot program Option The DHCP server can fool most client firmware in this manner, but not all.
Some firmware are too trusting. When it is time to download the boot files, it will try to download them from the DHCP server. This will of course fail - the DHCP server does not have any boot files.
Advanced troubleshooting for PXE boot issues in Configuration Manager
The granddaddy of the problem - whatever you put in the DHCP option especially option 67, the boot program paththat is it. What if you have different types of machines that want to PXE boot? You see, there are different network boot programs depending on the client architecture and firmware mode.
Many admins find this out the hard way. BIOS clients work because they specified wdsnbp. Not only are the file names different, the folders are also different depending on the PXE server.PXE is an industry standard created by Intel that provides pre-boot services within the devices firmware that enables devices to download network boot programs to client computers.
Before troubleshooting PXE related problems in Configuration Manager, it's important to understand the basic processes involved, how they work and how they interoperate with each other.
Changing the properties of these roles via the SDK will alter the site control file and configure the DP. The Distribution Manager component on the primary site server then initiates the configuration of the remote DP:. Need to create it. Machine is running Windows Longhorn. Whenever a new PXE-enabled distribution point is configured, there're additional steps that need to be completed to enable full functionality.
Repeat this process for Boot Image x Once this is done, Distribution Manager will start processing the request and initiate the distribution to the remote DP:. Found notification for package 'RR'Used 0 out of 30 allowed processing threads. Attempting to add or update a package on a distribution point. StoredPkgVersion 9 of package RR StoredPkgVersion in database is 9.
SourceVersion 9 of package RR SourceVersion in database is 9. Package Transfer Manager the DP is remote then initiates sending of the content:.
PKN file s this cycle. All are located on the same subnet. To access this log in WinPE, enable the command prompt on the boot image. You can then access the command prompt by pressing F8 in WinPE. Executing command line: wpeinit. Starting DNS client service. Lastly, the collection and machine variables are downloaded and the Welcome Page is activated:.
Retrieving collection variable policy. Found 0 collection variables. Retrieving machine variable policy. Parsing Policy Body. Found 0 machine variables. Setting collection variables in the task sequencing environment. Setting machine variables in the task sequencing environment.