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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


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 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.

12-3-2013 11-28-25 AM

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MDT 2013 – Upgrade ADK 8 to Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit 8.1


The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools that you can use to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers.

Step 1 – Get your copy of ADK 8.1 – Here


Step 2 – Make sure you un-install your old ADK from your machine.


Step 3 – Once your old ADK v8 is removed double click on your installation file and start the installation


Step 4 – You leave the default or add any additional feature for your ADK 8.1. I normally like adding USMT


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>.


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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First Boot! – MDT 2013 Configuration

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 is a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2013 supports deployment of Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Feature Summary

  • Deploy Windows and Office with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:
  • Unified tools and processes, including a set of guidance, for deploying desktops and servers in a common deployment console.
  • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images

Some of the key changes in MDT 2013 are:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1.
  • Support for deployment of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Support for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
  • Improved support x86-based Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) systems.

Microsoft came out with a new MDT version, check out the first part of every software and that’s the configuration part.

Download it from here: http://goo.gl/Anv2bz

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


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 :)


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


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



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