Here are some links for WIN 8 customization start screen tiles

Here are some links for WIN 8 customization

Customize Windows 8.1 Start Screens by Using Group Policy

Customize the Start Screen

Windows 8 Start Screen Customization with MDT

Follow the steps below

1. Create a new user account that you will use to customize the Start screen layout.

2. Customize the Start screen as you want users to see.

3. From the Start screen, open Windows PowerShell.

4. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, enter the following command:

Example: export-startlayout –path .xml -as xml


The “Install Application” task sequence fails in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1

Consider the following scenario:•You install a Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1) primary site server.
•You use the Install Application task sequence step to install two applications by using the Install applications according to dynamic variable list setting.
•You create a deployment for the sequence and then deploy the sequence to the target collection.

In this scenario, the task sequence fails.

Link to hotfix

Multiple PXE providers on the same subnet.

A question often fielded by ConfigMgr OSD implementers is how an organization can
have multiple PXE providers on the same network subnet. Usually, the client organization
already has a PXE server in place to support a legacy imaging product. The real answer to
this question is that it depends on the network infrastructure, not on ConfigMgr.
PXE is a standards-based protocol based on DHCP and network broadcasts. The network
card installed on a system controls the actual booting of a system; this is completely
independent of ConfigMgr. Generally, the first PXE provider to respond to a PXE request is
chosen by the network card that is booted. On a network level, it is best to segregate PXE
providers on separate subnets to control the broadcasts.

You can also specify a specific PXE server using DHCP options 60, 66, and 67; however,
these options are specific to a single network subnet and cannot be made more granular
for PXE booting purposes. There are other options including a newer PXE specification, but
this problem is completely outside the bounds of ConfigMgr and WDS.

Two excellent resources for detailed PXE information are at and . The second reference is a dated KB article referring to RIS, but the general PXE information is still valid.

OSD links

Introduction to OSD – Technet

Task Sequence Variables in Configuration Manager

How to Use Task Sequence Variables in a Running Configuration Manager Task Sequence

Using Task Sequence Variables to customize deployments

Capturing logs during failed Task Sequence Execution

OSD App Tree is a configurable way to allow user interaction during a Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) Operating System Deployment (OSD) Task Sequence (TS).

The Microsoft Deployment Guys present several useful scripts to run using a Run Command Line task

Preselect a preferred OS deployment TS using a prestart script

Set computer name automatically to ABCserialnumber

How to assign a dynamic computername during OSD

Set computer name with collection variable

Setting computername during deployment

Determine target OU based on Computername with PS for MDT 2012/ConfigMgr

How To Change Logging Options For SMSTS.log

Troubleshooting Operating System Deployment

How to deploy drivers

Migrating unsupported driver packages from ConfigMgr 2007 to supported packages in ConfigMgr 2012

Pausing a TS – and cmd /C pause /K

A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility

DISM to mount and edit .wim files

SCCM OSD Task Sequence Variables – A beginners guide

Copy files to clients

ConfigMgr 2012 – The Replace scenario

MSI error 1603

PXE Boot Gotcha’s in a Configuration Manager 2012 Hierarchy – No Advertisements Found

Operating System Deployment in an 802.1x Environment

How to create ConfigMgr 2012 boot images from scratch


Create customised reference image with MDT 2013 Lite Touch Build & Capture – 5 easy steps

Configure Office 2010 for capturing an image

Capturing Windows 7 image using MDT 2013

Create a ISO from a WIM file

Manually add boot images and add customise

 Missing NIC drivers in WinPE

Set hostname with SCCM 2012 and OSD

SMSTS.log breakdown