Distribution Point Migration Tool-Kit

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The toolkit can be downloaded from my Technet Gallery HERE
This post is a long time in coming, but creating something robust enough to work in most environments that’s still user friendly (with associated documentation) can take a little bit of time.  In the course of one contract I’ve worked, we realized that we needed a way to convert old Secondary SCCM sites into Distribution Points, but we wouldn’t be given any new servers to migrate to. We also knew that the WAN links connecting these remote sites back to our headquarters were severely lacking.  Our solution was to prestage all the content currently stored on the content libraries so we could strip off all the roles (which would clear the SCCM content library), remove unneeded programs and features, add the servers back as Distribution Points, and then reload the prestaged content so it wouldn’t have to transfer over our unspeakably slow WAN connection. We got a peek at this work with my last post of the SCCM Universal Prestage script, but this post will give you the other pieces of the puzzle.  

The Core Functions

                This is the first function you call if you’re running the Migration Kit from a PowerShell window you didn’t summon up from inside the Configuration Manager console.  This function will verify that you have Administrator rights, will seek out and import the Configuration Manager module, and will map your CMSite PSDrive if you don’t already have it mapped. This function is also called within every other function after a quick check to make sure that the CMSite drive is mapped.  If it isn’t mapped, it calls the Initialize-Toolkit function and maps it. 
 Console run without admin rights
Console run without admin rights
After the drive has been created
                The second function in the toolkit will query our primary site server and return a list of all content that is assigned to the distribution point we provided.  There are multiple ways to get this information. I’ve seen it done with Get-CMDeploymentPackage cmdlet since that will also return package type information that we’ll need later.   However, I chose to do it via the SMS_DPContentInfo WMI class because I find that it returns the same level of information, but does so in roughly 1/3 the time.  It also means that you can run the command without needing to be connected to the CMSite drive if you don’t want to fully initialize everything. 
 A simple report of package ID’s and names
An example of the data stored by SMS_DPContentInfo
                This is one of the ‘heavy lifters’ of the toolkit.  This function requires a package ID number, the Distribution Point containing the package, and the folder you want it dumped to after creation. What this creates is a PKGX file named with the package ID of whatever you prestaged.  The way it decides what to prestage is based on the PackageType value that comes from WMI’s SMS_PackageBaseClass. Again, you can get a package type identifier from Get-CMDeploymentPackage if you’d rather go that way, but I like WMI.  Once it’s pulled the PackageType value, it runs it through a SWITCH command and runs the appropriate Publish-CMPrestageContent command.  I don’t do any special logging with this function since Publish-CMPrestageContent already does a good job of it.
 Prestaging a single file
Prestaging multiple packages with a For Loop
                This function is one of the main reasons I like to save my prestage files with the PackageID as the name.  You input the folder containing the prestage files as well as the name of the Distribution Point they need to be assigned to, and this will get the package type information for that package, run the same switch as Prestage-Content, and issue the Start-CMContentDistribution command with the appropriate flags.  Just to save time, it will also query the Get-DPContent function to make sure that it isn’t trying to reassign packages that are already assigned.
Packages were already assigned in SCCM
 Package distribution in progress
                This function calls upon Microsoft’s ExtractContent.exe tool to run, and is designed to be run locally from whatever DP you’re importing the package to.  The only flag you need to specify is the location of the prestaged content folder.  It takes the hostname of the computer it’s running from and makes a WMI query to see any packages assigned to it that aren’t in State 0.  If the package shows as state 0, then there’s no further work to be done, and we can just work on the others.  There are multiple ways you can run the extractcontent.exe tool, but I’ve found some to work better than others.   Whether you run it specifying a single package to extract or you run it with an entire folder targeted, I’ve found that when I check the Distribution Point Configuration Status in the SCCM console, there’s always some that still show “waiting for prestage content.”  In almost every case where that’s happened, just re-prestaging the content cleared it up. I don’t know if this is a limitation of the extractcontent.exe tool, my impatience, or what, but it works for me.  Because of that, I actually have my Extract-Content function run through the Prestage content folder one item at a time, so you can re-run the function, it will re-query for unsuccessful packages, and only attempt to extract the packages that didn’t make it the first time.
ExtractContent running


                I put this together for our SCCM architect who wanted something that he could quickly and easily run while logged into our Secondary Site Server that was being migrated.  What this does is query the local DP for all assigned content, export it with the Prestage-Content function, and give you a progress bar to show you how far along you are. 

Importing drivers into SCCM in bulk

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This is taken from my TechNet gallery here: https://goo.gl/n1QT89

     When you’re tasked with something like a Windows 10 upgrade, you’ll find yourself spending lots of time downloading and importing drivers into SCCM.   While this script won’t go out and download them for you (like the Dell and HP Driver Import tools I’ve seen out there), it manufacturer, model, and architecture agnostic, you don’t get caught up trying to negotiate your way past your firewall and proxy teams, and it runs in a bit under 50 lines of code (including comments). Rather than pasting in the entire thing, I’ll do a screenshot and walk through from there.

     For this script to work, there’s some groundwork required on your part. When you download the drivers, they need to be downloaded into a folder that has whatever name you want for your driver package later.  If you’re like me, you’re already doing this as you download. If I need drivers for an HP Z230 desktop, the folder they’re saved in is already called “HP Z230 Windows 10 x64” or something similar so I can find them later.  The way this script works, whatever your folders’ names are is what names your driver packages will end up with.
    Aside from that, all you need to do is plug in the path to the file share that has all your make/model folders in the root, as well as the location where you want to store your driver packages.
    Something you will notice in this script is that I bounce between my C: drive and my SCCM drive. This is because UNC paths don’t always work as expected when you’re on the SCCM drive, and SCCM cmdlets don’t play nice running from anything other than the SCCM drive.  To guarantee they both work when needed, I just switch between locations, and it’s no big deal. 
    This script can take a little while to run, but it will give you feedback as it goes, and it doesn’t lock you out of the SCCM GUI while it runs.

Potential USMT Errors & Resolution

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Potential USMT Errors

Failure when “trying to reboot into WinPE”
appears on the Task Sequence UI (forgot to take screenshot)

 Potential USMT Errors & Resolution


      Check the “SMSTS.LOG” “C:WindowsCCMLogs”


         In the screenshot below look for a line like “Unable to find a volume that is suitable for staging the boot image” in the log file 


Potential USMT Errors
       This is typically for 2 different reasons.
      1.  The drive is locked by bitlocker encryption and you need to first disable bitlocker in the task            sequence. once this is done then the task sequence engine can identify the drive to stage the        boot image locally
      2.   This can also be because the drive is still undergoing the encryption process. You must wait             until the drive is fully encrypted before you can execute this task sequence from windows.
       To verify the drive is finished encrypting launch powershell as an admin and type “Get-BitlockerVolume” and do not attempt to run the installation until the “Encryption KeyProtector Percentage” is are 100%  
Potential USMT Errors
NOTE: it is possible you receive this error when you are trying to stage the boot image onto the disk and the disk cannot be read b/c of a different encryption software locks the disk. For example if you are running Dell Credant you must be logged into the system then the TS Engine will be able to read the disk.
To identify Dell Credant systems via SQL…this is a hybrid of one my queries that I use in my production environment but you can modify it to abosrb only bitlocker information by commenting out not needed parts

SELECT Distinct

v_R_System.Name0 AS System,

Computer_System_DATA.Model00 AS [System Model],


V_R_System.AD_Site_Name0 AS [AD Site],

CASE V_R_System.Build01

When ‘6.1.7601’ THEN ‘Windows 7’

WHEN ‘10.0.14393’ THEN ‘Win 10 v1607’

WHEN ‘10.0.15063’ THEN ‘Win 10 v1703’

END AS [Operating System],

CASE V_R_System.Client0

When ‘0’ THEN ‘No Client’

WHEN ‘1’ THEN ‘Client Installed’

END AS [Client],

v_GS_ENCRYPTABLE_VOLUME.DriveLetter0 AS [Drive Letter],

–v_GS_ENCRYPTABLE_VOLUME.ProtectionStatus0 AS [Protection Status],


WHEN ‘0’ THEN ‘not encrypted’

WHEN ‘1’ THEN ‘encrypted’

WHEN ‘2’ THEN ‘Encrypted Requires Pin’

END AS [Bitlocker Status]



INNER JOIN v_R_System ON v_GS_ENCRYPTABLE_VOLUME.ResourceID = v_R_System.ResourceID

INNER JOIN Computer_System_Data ON V_R_System.Name0 = Computer_System_Data.Name00




AND Computer_System_DATA.Model00!= ‘VMware Virtual Platform’

AND Computer_System_DATA.Model00!= ‘Virtual Machine’

–AND v_GS_ENCRYPTABLE_VOLUME.ProtectionStatus0 = ‘0’ –for not bitlocker encrypted systems–

–AND V_R_System.Name0 = ‘P620268’

AND ___System_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE0.ARPDisplayName00 like N’Credant_WindowsShield%’


Potential USMT Errors


Failure when trying to connect to SMP Share
This failure is more often seen when trying to rerun on a failed system (can be seen during backup or restore part of the process) 
Potential USMT Errors
For this we corrected the issue is to open PowerShell and running the following.


Remove-Item -Path ‘HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftSystemCertificatesSMSCertificates*’ -force; restart-service ccmexec

I would also recommend opening registry location to verify this has successfully been deleted.
Once this runs successfully you should then be able to re-run the task sequence successfully.
File Not Found: 
of course there is the standard make sure your commands are typed correctly. In the example below we see a file not found error. Make sure you type out your file names correctly etc.
Potential USMT Errors
Potential USMT Errors
NOTE: I have seen cases where a variable is set for Packages, but it does not always translate, so I tend to just hard code the package ID when I set restore/capture options into a variable see the example below
Potential USMT Errors
Connection to SMP Refused: 
Make sure when you being your deployment strategy that you plan for an adequate number of connections to the SMP. The default for this I believe is 100 connections, but that does not mean concurrent connections. The criteria that goes into the count is any established connection (completed or in progress) within the your deletion policy time period. If you have a problem where the connection is actively refused by the SMP you should increase the max allowed connections you have configured.
Potential USMT Errors
I tried to create as many Potential USMT Errors as I could think of to help out the community. If I  encounter anymore or can think of new ones I will add them to this blogpost.