SCCM 2007 SP2 Operating System Deployment and multi-tiered NICs

We’ve begun deploying Windows 7 with SCCM’s Operating System Deployment (OSD) capability.  We’ve found that some of our workstations use multi-tiered LOM NICs.  Turns out Windows PE HATES multi-tiered NIC drivers.  So, if you’re in this situation, you’ll need to get a monolithic driver for your Windows PE boot.  See http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1688-nic-devices-that-require-a-special-driver-for-winpe-may-cause-a-configmgr-task-sequence-to-fail/ for more information.

We’ve also noticed that if you use DHCP, be sure that your leases are long enough to cover the OSD sequence up to the first reboot.  If your lease expires before then, you’ll get cryptic errors (like 0x80072ee7) and your IP address will change to a link-local.  We had a DHCP range that was set to 5 minutes (!) and it was causing this failure… and we had a heck of a time trying to figure out the root cause!

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