We recently had an issue where our clients in one of our primary site servers stopped functioning such as receiving windows updates, SCEP definition updates and reporting hardware/software inventory. If anything was deployed it would all come back as status unknown, making this a real annoying feature of centralized management.
Microsoft’s SCCM 2012R2 comes with WinPE5.0 by default and due to compatibility issues with Windows XP with that version I have proceeded to utilize WinPE3.1. To get WinPE 3.1’s image imported onto the SCCM2012R2 environment several steps had to be taken to extract the file and import the appropriate drivers before being able to re-import it back into SCCM.
Recently one of my employers tasked me with creating an automated upgrade process for all of the remaining 37,000 Windows XP machines, so they could be automatically upgraded to Windows 7 in under 5 months.