Using MDT to Deploy Windows 10 by David Papkin

This post by David Papkin is about  Using MDT to Deploy Windows 10 Desktops

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is a unified collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployment. In addition to reducing deployment time and standardizing desktop and server images, MDT enables you to more easily manage security and ongoing configurations. MDT builds on top of the core deployment tools in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) with additional guidance and features designed to reduce the complexity and time required for deployment in an enterprise environment.

MDT 2013 Update 1 supports the deployment of Windows 10, as well as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. It also includes support for zero-touch installation (ZTI) with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.


1) Prepare your source (reference) computer

Install your operating system and any other customizations on the computer you are going to capture.

2) Set-up MDT to capture your image

1. Open MDT, then expand Deployments, then expand your deployment share
2. Right click “Task Sequences” and select “New Task Sequence”
a. Task Sequence ID: Capture
b. Task Sequence name: Capture Image
3. Select the “Sysprep and Capture” Task Sequence template
4. Select your Operating System
5. Do not specify a product key at this time
6. OS Settings screen – modify as desired
7. Admin Password – enter the password you wish for the local administrator account
8. Continue until you get a Finish button to click
9. Right-click your deployment share and select “update deployment share”

3)Capture your image by running the task sequence

1. Log in to the computer you are trying to capture
a. Typically this would be with the local administrator account since the computer should not be joined to the domain and usually during the build process local accounts are not added
2. Open a CMD windows and enter the following
a. Net use * \\MDT1\Deploymentshare$
b. When prompted enter credentials for a user who has Write permissions to the \\MDT1\Deploymentshare$ folder in the format of: domain\user
i. Note: typically this would be a user with Domain Administrative rights
c. When prompted enter the password for the user entered above
3. Enter the following to run the Litetouch sequence
a. \\ MDT 1\Deploymentshare$\scripts\litetouch.vbs
b. Depending on your deployment share is set-up (i.e. which screens to skip) you may need to select “Deploy Computer”, enter a username and password, etc.
c. When you get to the Task Sequence window select your “Capture Image” sequence
d. Select the “Capture an image of this reference computer” option
i. It should default the MDT share\Captures folder and a default file name
e. Once the sequence starts running it will reboot into WinPE, Sysprep and capture the image for you. The image will be placed here: \\ MDT 1\Deploymentshare$\Captures
i. NOTE: Be patient – depending on how large the image is this can take a while

4)Import your Captured Image

In order to use your custom image you must import it into your Deployment Share’s Operating Systems folder. Once there it becomes available under the “Install\Install Operating System” section\task in your Task Sequence

1. Open the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit program
2. Expand the Deployment Shares, then your deployment share until you see the “Operating Systems” folder
3. Right-Click “Operating Systems” and select “Import Operating System”
4. Select “Custom image file” <Next>
5. Browse to the folder that contains your custom image file – typically this would be the “Captures” folder on the computer running MDT
6. Double-click the captured WIM file to select it and return to the prior screen
7. Select the “Move the files to the deployment share….” checkbox in order to save space in your deployment share
8. Setup files are not needed
a. The setup files are contained in the ISO/DVD version of the operating system you should have imported to the Deployment Share previously
9. Destination folder name
a. It will be helpful later if use a unique name such as Gold-2015-01-08 for the folder name


This video demo by David Papkin explores using MDT for deploying Windows 10

This concludes this post by David Papkin Using MDT to Deploy Windows 10 Desktops

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