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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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