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Category Archives: MDT 2012

Ultimate Guide of MDT Driver Management

MDT Driver Management

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

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Branding Your MDT Image

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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.

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MDT 2013 2+ Partitions Tip from a BTNHD Reader

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.

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Here are the links to the four part mini-series on capturing multiple partitions with MDT

MDT 2012 – What is BDEDrive?

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.

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MDT 2012 – Sysprep and Capturing Basics :: LiveStream [September 1st]

Stop and check out how to sysprep and capture using MDT 2012 basics. The event is on September 1st, 2013 at 12:00pm EST. You can click here to view it on YouTube and leave comments or questions.

MDT 2012 | 2013 “Deploying with GPO Packs”

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>.

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When you specify your own GPO Pack you must override the default GPO pack using the GPOPackPath variable in the customsettings.ini file.

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How To! – Create a System Image Backups on Windows 8.1

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

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MDT 2012: Pre-populating The DomainOUs List

There’s a feature in MDT that displays a dropdown list of Domain OU’s in the Lite Touch deployment wizard.

Step 1: Let’s make a drop-down for the Organizational Unit text box during the “Computer Details” dialog box in the MDT deployment time

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Step 2: Go into your MDT server and created a “DomainOUList.xml” file. Review the image for the format or view the video to see it :)

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Step 3: Once you are completed with the xml file drop it into the scripts folder.

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Step 4: Restart your MDT deployment and you should see the drop-down option now. NICE! :)

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