Build Dell XPS Ultrabook with SCCM 2012R2 Offline Task Sequence Media
The Dell XPS Ultrabook has no onboard NIC and there is no docking station option so imaging with SCCM via PXE boot isn’t possible. Dell recommend using the Targus DisplayLink USB 3 port replicator that has a NIC, video output and extra USB ports. However, this port replicator will not PXE boot either.
A workaround is booting from a USB flash drive and imaging the XPS Ultrabook using an offline SCCM Task Sequence image from the USB flash drive. The option is discussed below.
Another workaround is using an USB Ethernet dongle to PXE boot, then imaging in the normal way. This will be dicussed in another post.
SCCM 2012R2 Task Sequence
Create a dedicated task sequence for the Dell XPS Ultrabook to be deployed using offline USB media. Add the following drivers to this task sequence:
• XPS Ultrabook L322X / L321X Windows 7 – Driver Package
• Targus DisplayLink USB 3 Dock Driver – Application Package
Create the Dell XPS Offline Task Sequence Media
The task sequence media must be created using the command line. If you use the SCCM Console to create the Task Sequence Media it will fail if the Windows 7 WIM file is larger than 4GB in size.
Run the command below from a CMD window (run as administrator) to create an the task sequence media as an ISO. This creates an ISO file on the c drive downloaded from the SCCM DP. Extract the ISO to a 16GB USB flash drive.
• The PC used used must have a minimum of 30GB free space
• The PC used used must have SCCM Console installed
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin\i386\CreateMedia.exe" /K:full /P:"<SCCM Distribution Server>" /S:<SMS Site> /C:"" /D:"<SCCM Management Server>" /L:"Configuration Manager 2012" /A:<SCCM TS Code>/Z:False /T:"CD" /M:44482 /F:"C:\XPS-Offline-TS.iso"
Use CMtrace.exe to monitor the CreateTsMedia.log within C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\AdminUILog for errors when creating the TS media.
Build the XPS laptop using the USB Media
• Boot the XPS laptop from the USB flash drive.
• Follow the SCCM wizard and start the build.
• Once built:
➢ Login as an local admin
➢ Attach the Targus USB dock with a network cable connected – the plug and play drivers will install.
➢ Rename the laptop and bind it to Active Directory