Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE--March 7, 2005

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FAQs

  • Q. How can I set the default browser on my computer back to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?
  • Q. How can I use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to deploy a new OS to existing SMS clients?
  • Q. How can I back up and restore user profiles when deploying a new OS via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?
  • Q. When I use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to capture user-state data, the first attempt fails. What's wrong?
  • Q. When the state-capture phase runs while I'm deploying an OS image via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack, I get an error message and the process stops.

Commentary
by John Savill, FAQ Editor, [email protected]

In this issue, learn how to change your default browser back to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). I'll also show you how to use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to deploy a new OS to existing SMS clients and how to back up and restore user profiles when doing so. You'll also learn about several potential errors you might see when using the SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack and how to solve them.


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FAQs

Q. How can I set the default browser on my computer back to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?

A. By default, IE checks whether it's the default browser each time it starts. If you disabled this check, you can reenable it by performing these steps: 1. Start IE. 2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options. 3. Click the Programs tab. 4. Select the "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it's the default browser" check box and click OK.

When you restart IE, you'll be given the option to make it your default browser.

Q. How can I use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to deploy a new OS to existing SMS clients?

A. In the FAQ "How can I capture an OS image by using the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?" ( http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/articleid/45127/45127.html )I explain how to capture an OS image and deploy it to new machines. However, deploying an OS image to existing clients that run Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 is a bit different. If the clients are running Win2K or later or NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a (SP6a) and have the SMS 2003 SP1 client installed, you can push an OS to machines as if it were an application. To do so, you must first create the OS program according to the instructions in the FAQ "How can I capture an OS image by using the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?" Next, follow these steps to create an advertisement that will push the upgrade to the SMS clients.

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) SMS Administrator Console snap-in. (Start, Programs, Systems Management Server, SMS Administrator Console.)
  2. Right-click Advertisements and select New, Advertisement.
  3. Go to the General tab. Select the name of the OS package you created. Then select a program from that OS package (A program is a defined set of settings for the package (e.g., product key, domain membership) and a collection to target, which is the set of computers to which you want push the Upgrade. For example, if you're upgrading to Windows XP, the target collection might be all Windows 2000 Professional systems, as the figure at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/images/smsosdadvertcreate.gif shows.
  4. Click OK.

At the next scheduled refresh, clients will see the new advertisement and can opt to install the OS. You can choose to automatically install the upgrade by setting a mandatory installation time as you would for regular application advertisements. (Or you can force discovery of the advertisement from client machines by initiating the Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle if you don't want to wait for the standard time period for policy refresh to occur.) This upgrade process wipes out the existing OS and replaces it with the new OS instead of upgrading the existing OS. Therefore, you lose any user profiles or locally stored applications. If you want to retain the user profiles on the client, you need to back up the profiles before you upgrade the OS by using the instructions in the FAQ "How can I back up and restore user profiles when deploying a new OS via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?"

Q. How can I back up and restore user profiles when deploying a new OS via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?

A. You can integrate User State Migration Tool (USMT) with the SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack to facilitate the backup of user profiles on a machine before you replace its existing OS with a new disk image. You can then restore the profiles after the upgrade. To back up the user profiles, you first need to download USMT 2.6 (this version supports backup of all user profiles on the OS, not just the currently logged-on profile), which is available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4af2d2c9-f16c-4c52-a203-8daf944dd555&displaylang=en . Run the installation program, which by default installs USMT in the C:\usmt folder. Next, create a share of the C:\usmt\bin folder and name it USMT. The share requires only read permissions. Now you need to modify the OS program that you created for your OS image package so that it uses USMT to back up the user profiles and restore them after you deploy the new OS. To do so, perform these steps:

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) SMS Administrator Console snap-in (Start, Programs, Systems Management Server, SMS Administrator Console.)
  2. Expand Image Packages, expand OS Package, and select Programs.
  3. Right-click OS Program and select Properties.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. From the Phase drop-down menu select State Capture, then click Add.
  6. Under Options, select Capture User State and click OK.
  7. Enter the source folder for the USMT files (i.e., the share you created earlier that points to C:\usmt\bin), as the figure at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/images/smsosdusmtcapture.gif shows. By default, the files migism.inf and usmtdef.inf are included among the configuration files. Click Add and select migsys.inf (to retain the user settings), miguser.inf (to retain user files such as the contents of My Documents and My Pictures), and sysfiles.inf (to stop the scanning of core OS files). Finally, in the "Specify additional command line options" field, add "/all" to capture all profiles on the machine (without this switch the USMT execution will fail on Windows 2000 clients). Click OK.
  8. From the Phase drop-down menu, select State Restore, and click Add.
  9. From the options, select Restore User State and click OK.
  10. You shouldn't need to modify the settings on the User State Restore page. Just confirm that the Source Folder points to the correct location and click OK, as the figure at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/images/smsosdusmtrestore.gif shows.
  11. Click OK to accept the program changes and close the dialog box.
  12. You'll be reminded to update the distribution points, which you do by right-clicking the Distribution Points branch and selecting Update Distribution Points via the All Tasks context-menu item.

    When existing clients receive the new OS, they store the data in C:\minint\smsosd\statestore\usmt2.unc. When the new OS is deployed to disk and the machine starts locally, the system restores this user-state backup data so that existing files, desktop background, sounds, and other user settings are maintained.

Q. When I use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to capture user-state data, the first attempt fails. What's wrong?

A. I experienced this problem initially. When I checked the logs for scanstate.exe (a utility included in User State Migration Tool--USMT--that gathers and saves user data and settings from a source system), I found the following error:

Error Can't copy object C:\WINNT\SchedLgU.Txt to temporary storage \[ERROR=32 (20h)\]

Info Error 32: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. Module Error An error occurred while saving data. Can't continue. \[ERROR=32 (20h)\]

Info Scanstate is exiting.

Basically what's causing the error is scanscate trying to access core OS files that it shouldn't. To resolve the problem, simply add sysfiles.inf to the list of .inf files that have been specified when the OS deployment process calls USMT. Doing so instructs the ScanState utility to ignore the core OS components. The FAQ "How can I back up and restore user profiles when deploying a new OS via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?" describes how to set up USMT to work with the SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack.

Q. When the state-capture phase runs while I'm deploying an OS image via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack, I get an error message and the process stops. How can I correct the problem?

A. If you receive the following error during the state-capture phase

Program Error - Scanstate.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is being created.

you probably omitted the /all switch from the parameters of the call to User State Migration Tool (USMT). Windows 2000 becomes confused if you don't specify an account, so always remember to do so.

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    FAQs

    • Q. How can I set the default browser on my computer back to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?
    • Q. How can I use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to deploy a new OS to existing SMS clients?
    • Q. How can I back up and restore user profiles when deploying a new OS via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?
    • Q. When I use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to capture user-state data, the first attempt fails. What's wrong?
    • Q. When the state-capture phase runs while I'm deploying an OS image via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack, I get an error message and the process stops.

    Commentary
    by John Savill, FAQ Editor, [email protected]

    In this issue, learn how to change your default browser back to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). I'll also show you how to use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to deploy a new OS to existing SMS clients and how to back up and restore user profiles when doing so. You'll also learn about several potential errors you might see when using the SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack and how to solve them.


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    http://www.emcdantz.com/docs/wp_odbb_winitpro.pdf


    FAQs

    Q. How can I set the default browser on my computer back to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?

    A. By default, IE checks whether it's the default browser each time it starts. If you disabled this check, you can reenable it by performing these steps: 1. Start IE. 2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options. 3. Click the Programs tab. 4. Select the "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it's the default browser" check box and click OK. When you restart IE, you'll be given the option to make it your default browser.

    Q. How can I use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to deploy a new OS to existing SMS clients?

    A. In the FAQ "How can I capture an OS image by using the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?" ( http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/articleid/45127/45127.html )I explain how to capture an OS image and deploy it to new machines. However, deploying an OS image to existing clients that run Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 is a bit different. If the clients are running Win2K or later or NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a (SP6a) and have the SMS 2003 SP1 client installed, you can push an OS to machines as if it were an application. To do so, you must first create the OS program according to the instructions in the FAQ "How can I capture an OS image by using the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?" Next, follow these steps to create an advertisement that will push the upgrade to the SMS clients. 1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) SMS Administrator Console snap-in. (Start, Programs, Systems Management Server, SMS Administrator Console.) 2. Right-click Advertisements and select New, Advertisement. 3. Go to the General tab. Select the name of the OS package you created. Then select a program from that OS package (A program is a defined set of settings for the package (e.g., product key, domain membership) and a collection to target, which is the set of computers to which you want push the Upgrade. For example, if you're upgrading to Windows XP, the target collection might be all Windows 2000 Professional systems, as the figure at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/images/smsosdadvertcreate.gif shows. 4. Click OK. At the next scheduled refresh, clients will see the new advertisement and can opt to install the OS. You can choose to automatically install the upgrade by setting a mandatory installation time as you would for regular application advertisements. (Or you can force discovery of the advertisement from client machines by initiating the Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle if you don't want to wait for the standard time period for policy refresh to occur.) This upgrade process wipes out the existing OS and replaces it with the new OS instead of upgrading the existing OS. Therefore, you lose any user profiles or locally stored applications. If you want to retain the user profiles on the client, you need to back up the profiles before you upgrade the OS by using the instructions in the FAQ "How can I back up and restore user profiles when deploying a new OS via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?"

    Q. How can I back up and restore user profiles when deploying a new OS via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?

    A. You can integrate User State Migration Tool (USMT) with the SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack to facilitate the backup of user profiles on a machine before you replace its existing OS with a new disk image. You can then restore the profiles after the upgrade. To back up the user profiles, you first need to download USMT 2.6 (this version supports backup of all user profiles on the OS, not just the currently logged-on profile), which is available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4af2d2c9-f16c-4c52-a203-8daf944dd555&displaylang=en . Run the installation program, which by default installs USMT in the C:\usmt folder. Next, create a share of the C:\usmt\bin folder and name it USMT. The share requires only read permissions. Now you need to modify the OS program that you created for your OS image package so that it uses USMT to back up the user profiles and restore them after you deploy the new OS. To do so, perform these steps: 1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) SMS Administrator Console snap-in (Start, Programs, Systems Management Server, SMS Administrator Console.) 2. Expand Image Packages, expand OS Package, and select Programs. 3. Right-click OS Program and select Properties. 4. Click the Advanced tab. 5. From the Phase drop-down menu select State Capture, then click Add. 6. Under Options, select Capture User State and click OK. 7. Enter the source folder for the USMT files (i.e., the share you created earlier that points to C:\usmt\bin), as the figure at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/images/smsosdusmtcapture.gif shows. By default, the files migism.inf and usmtdef.inf are included among the configuration files. Click Add and select migsys.inf (to retain the user settings), miguser.inf (to retain user files such as the contents of My Documents and My Pictures), and sysfiles.inf (to stop the scanning of core OS files). Finally, in the "Specify additional command line options" field, add "/all" to capture all profiles on the machine (without this switch the USMT execution will fail on Windows 2000 clients). Click OK. 8. From the Phase drop-down menu, select State Restore, and click Add. 9. From the options, select Restore User State and click OK. 10. You shouldn't need to modify the settings on the User State Restore page. Just confirm that the Source Folder points to the correct location and click OK, as the figure at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/images/smsosdusmtrestore.gif shows. 11. Click OK to accept the program changes and close the dialog box. 12. You'll be reminded to update the distribution points, which you do by right-clicking the Distribution Points branch and selecting Update Distribution Points via the All Tasks context-menu item. When existing clients receive the new OS, they store the data in C:\minint\smsosd\statestore\usmt2.unc. When the new OS is deployed to disk and the machine starts locally, the system restores this user-state backup data so that existing files, desktop background, sounds, and other user settings are maintained.

    Q. When I use the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack to capture user-state data, the first attempt fails. What's wrong?

    A. I experienced this problem initially. When I checked the logs for scanstate.exe (a utility included in User State Migration Tool--USMT--that gathers and saves user data and settings from a source system), I found the following error: Error Can't copy object C:\WINNT\SchedLgU.Txt to temporary storage \[ERROR=32 (20h)\] Info Error 32: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. Module Error An error occurred while saving data. Can't continue. \[ERROR=32 (20h)\] Info Scanstate is exiting. Basically what's causing the error is scanscate trying to access core OS files that it shouldn't. To resolve the problem, simply add sysfiles.inf to the list of .inf files that have been specified when the OS deployment process calls USMT. Doing so instructs the ScanState utility to ignore the core OS components. The FAQ "How can I back up and restore user profiles when deploying a new OS via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?" describes how to set up USMT to work with the SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack.

    Q. When the state-capture phase runs while I'm deploying an OS image via the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack, I get an error message and the process stops. How can I correct the problem?

    A. If you receive the following error during the state-capture phase Program Error - Scanstate.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is being created. you probably omitted the /all switch from the parameters of the call to User State Migration Tool (USMT). Windows 2000 becomes confused if you don't specify an account, so always remember to do so.

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