Windows Live Writer Rocks!

I have been struggling for a long time to post to my blog on a regular basis. I hated the fact that I had to use a web page that was clumsy and did not function offline. I had attempted to use Microsoft Word but it screwed up the formatting on the blog. A good friend of mine Jarvis told me about Windows Live Writer. I started playing with it last night and it is a great solution and its free! It is a blog service agnostic offline blog creating tool.

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Adding Operating System Install Package Notes

Here is what I have seen as the most common issue when adding an operating system install package.

If you get the error “The specified directory does not contain a valid operating system or you do not have permission to access it. Please specify a valid source directory”. The most common cause is permissions. Remember that the SMS provider needs to access the share to import it which runs under the context of the computer account where the SMS provider runs. For most organizations this will be the computer account of the SCCM Primary Site server.

  • To correct this grant the computer account or a group that contains a computer account (the group you uses to grant access to the System Management container in AD would be great here) Read access to the share and directory.
  • Note that you will likely have to reboot the SMS provider computer if the computer account was not in the group you use above before it was last rebooted (the computer logs on to add during the boot process).

Great SCCM OSD Blog

I often get asked “Where can I get the best OSD information?”; well here is a great place to start and it answers so many of the common problems with beginners at OSD. Microsoft Inside OSD Blog