Well it's been a while since I've been on the forums here. I started my Provisioning quest a few months back and with the support of many you have been able setup Provisioning within my company. My only drawback with Provisioning though is the stability. For some odd reason I've run into several interesting issues. I will list them below and I hope someone can help pinpoint the cause or let me know if you've had the same experience.
1) During the Software Distribution tasks (there are 11 of them and they are their own templates that are included into a master) there are times where the process will install the first 3 pieces of software then fails. I will retry the full template and everything will be fine.
2) Here is a specific issue. I have a GX260 that I ran Provisioning on. Try 1 it imaged the machine and tried running the Configure OS and failed. Try 2 it booted into the OS for the first time and never picked up the Provisioning task from there. Try 3 the Provisioning process completed successfully.
3) I had an issue with a particular Softward Distribution task. One day it just stopped installing. I would look at the sdmcache and the silent batch file wasn't even getting pulled. Again my software distribution tasks are simply a template that install one piece of software that is included into a master template. What I did to fix this was deleted the template completely and set it back up. Worked fine after that.... why would this break? Have you seen this?
Mind you before I rolled this out I tested Provisioning on every machine we had here. (Optiplex 755, 745, GX520, GX260/70/80, E4300, E6400, D430/20/10/00) and everything was fine. I started seeing the issues after we upgraded to SP3.
My biggest issue is the 1st one where it will install 3/4 pieces of software and then fail. I appreciate any suggestions here.