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OS Deployment – Allow PXE deployment to the same MAC Address by configure SMS_DISCOVERY_DATA_MANAGER in ConfigMgr, or How to deploy Windows to shared docking stations and usb network adapters

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on January 29, 2016

This is very simple, when you deploy a device uisng PXE, ConfigMgr will inventory the MAC address, but that will prevent that mac address from being used once more unless the hardware inventory is executed after the machine has been deployed and removed from the docking station (similar)

The fix:

  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Components \SMS_DISCOVERY_DATA_MANAGER on the primary site server
  • Add a MultiString entry called ExcludeMACAddress
  • Add all Mac Address to ExcludeMACAddress

For a complete story I strongly recommend you to read the following post:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/system_center_configuration_manager_operating_system_deployment_support_blog/archive/2015/08/27/re_2d00_use-the-same-nic-for-multiple-pxe-initiated-deployments.aspx

/mike

One Response to “OS Deployment – Allow PXE deployment to the same MAC Address by configure SMS_DISCOVERY_DATA_MANAGER in ConfigMgr, or How to deploy Windows to shared docking stations and usb network adapters”

  1. svangulick said

    Thanks for sharing mike.
    This works particularly well for the surface pro deployments using a dongle.

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