Category Archives: MDT 2012
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.
I searched online and it seems that this is the Bitlocker partition that is allocated during a ‘New Deployment’, so in order to disable the creation of the partition I needed to add the following to the CustomSettings.ini:
The location of the CustomSettings.ini can be found in the location where you stored you deployment: %DeploymentShare%\Control\CustomSettings.ini or can be editted using the MDT 2012 tool by: Right clicking on the deployment share >> Properties >> Rules
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“