Using MS Endpoint Configuration Manager OSD with VMware Workstation

The following steps outline the process for creating a virtual machine in a VMware Workstation using the OS deployment task sequences in MS Endpoint Configuration Manager.


  1. Create a new virtual machine and select the option, "I will install the operating system later."
  2. Proceed through the remainder of the New Virtual Machine Wizard.
  3. After completion of the New Virtual Machine Wizard, select VM > Settings (in VMware Workstation).
  4. On the Hardware tab, select "Network Adapter". In the "Network Connection" section, select "Bridged: Connected directly to the physical network" and also select "Replicate physical network connection state".
  5. Select the Options tab.
  6. Select Advanced. Verify that "UEFI" is selected (Firmware type).
  7. Navigate to the directory where the virtual machine files reside.
  8. Open the .vmx file with a file editor.
  9. Add the following line: bios.bootdelay = 15000.
    1. This gives you time to connect the USB device to the virtual machine and interrupt the boot process to bring up the Boot Manager menu.
  10. Save the file.
  11. Ensure the USB SCCM boot device is plugged into the physical computer.
  12. Power on the VM.
  13. While VM is at boot screen, navigate to VM > Removable Devices > "USB Mass Storage Device" > select Connect ("USB Mass Storage Device" is a generic label and may be named differently)
  14. Press ESC key to load the Boot Manager menu. (if this step is missed, wait for the boot process to cycle through all the options and eventually it will boot from the USB device).
  15. Select "EFI USB Device".


The rest of the process will be similar to the OS Deployment process for physical computers.


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