Category Archives: MDT 2012
One of the hardest part in management dealing with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the Driver node. The number one question asked is how to manage all the drivers for all the different models in an infrastructure. The question is really hard to answer because it really depends on your environment and how many models you have in your office. I have three scenarios that works great for any situation, but it really depends on how you wants to make MDT work for your environment.
The first step is to take care of your WinPE drivers for booting
I was asked on how I customize my image for each client I deal with in deploying operating systems. There isn’t really a good or bad way in doing this, but the way I customize my image is by inserting a “cookie” file stating the image version and date of deployment. I also like playing around in the computer’s system properties and adding the version – what I’m really doing is changing the OEM information.
I touched based on capturing multiple partitions during a MDT deployment. It seems there is another trick in capturing the partition. I want to thank Gerald Gaecke for the great tip and letting us know.
Here are the links to the four part mini-series on capturing multiple partitions with MDT
I started to notice after doing a deployment of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 via MDT 2012 an NTFS partition of 300MB called BDEDrive was created.
There are many new features of MDT but one that I particularly use a lot many time in non-domain infrastructure is the ability to apply GPO Packs created using Security Compliance Manager (SCM) during the deployment process.
Microsoft Security Compliance Manager 3.0 is a great tool that allows you to create and manage group policy baselines in an easy to use interface. These polices are then able to be applied at the domain level or as “Local GPO Packs”.
MDT provides four default GPO packs for the following operating systems that are applied by default during deployment. 1. Windows 7 SP1 | 2. Windows Vista SP2 | 3. Windows 2008 SP2 | 4. Windows 2008 R2 SP1
All GPO packs are stored in the Templates folder within the Distribution Share. For example <Distribution Share>\Templates\GPOPacks\<GPO Pack Folder>.
When you specify your own GPO Pack you must override the default GPO pack using the GPOPackPath variable in the customsettings.ini file.
Microsoft decided to remove the system image backup feature from Windows 8.1. This isn’t entirely true — while the graphical interface for creating system images was removed, you can still create system images with a PowerShell cmdlet :).
I ended the video short because it will take long, but check out the screen shot below to see what happened :)
the process started and created a folder called “WindowsImageBackup“