PXE computers already in SCCM
This is probably a simple answer. I have the collections built for OSD and adding the computers to the collection to get whatever OS is advertised to it. My question is along the lines of the computers hard drive fails, so we replace the drive and reload the computer. Can I just add the computer to the collection and F12 (I know technically this works) or is it better to delete the device from SCCM and F12 it as an unknown computer, or does it matter? More of a best practice questions I guess.
May 2nd, 2012 11:16am

That should be ok. As long as you have an advertisement then your task sequence will run. I usually delete the old device (from an HTA) and create a new device during the process. If you search for OSD front-ends then you will find lots of free examples that you can use.Kent Agerlund | My blogs: blog.coretech.dk/kea and SCUG.dk/ | Twitter: @Agerlund | Linkedin: Kent Agerlund
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May 2nd, 2012 11:38am

I would delete it since you will get a duplicate name for some time depending how long you have your settings set to clear aged clients in CM since when the new machine is imaged it should get a new unique id but have the same device name. Just keeps things cleaner.
May 2nd, 2012 11:46am

Also remember you will have to right click the device if you keep it and clear last PXE Advertisement.
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May 2nd, 2012 11:48am

you also have to think about that you will loose all your collection memberships like installed software and your device history, if you delete the computer object. To automatically merge the old and new object if appears, you can use a script which is executed as a status filter rule. in my opinion automate as much as you can. regards, Stefan
May 2nd, 2012 12:20pm

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