Moving from BIOS to UEFI with MDT 8443

If you watched the Microsoft Mechanics video on MBR2GPT, the new tool for converting disks from MBR layout to GPT layout as part of the BIOS to UEFI conversion process, you may have spied an MDT task sequence being used.  I thought it would be useful to provide those as samples that you could use…

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Windows 10 1607: Keeping apps from coming back when deploying the feature update

For those of you that have deployed Windows 10 1511, you’re probably already starting to work with Windows 10 1607, getting ready for initial pilot deployments so that you’re ready for broad deploying of Windows 10 1607 in the coming months.  As part of that work, you would notice that apps you had removed from…

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What’s Changed in MDT 2013 Update 2

Looking at a comparison of the files in MDT 2013 Update 2, here’s a quick overview of the changes in the scripts when compared with those in MDT 2013 Update 1: DeployWiz_Initialization.vbs.  Change the task sequence filtering logic to only display upgrade task sequences from a running OS (not bare metal). DeployWiz_UserData.vbs.  Fixed a bug…

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Removing Windows 10 in-box apps during a task sequence

A couple of years ago, Ben Hunter posted a script on the Deployment Guys blog that showed how to remove the in-box modern apps from a Windows 8.1 installation.  That exact same approach works with Windows 10 as well.  But there’s more that can be done, especially since the list of apps is different for…

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MDT 2013 Update 1 Preview: What’s Changed

In case you missed it at http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/archive/2015/03/02/microsoft-deployment-toolkit-2013-update-1-preview-now-available.aspx, the new preview of MDT 2013 Update 1 is now available for download from the Connect website.  This new release works with the new ADK preview for Windows 10, which is available on the download center at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45522. While this new release adds support for Windows 10 deployment,…

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Experimenting with WIMBoot using MDT 2013

With the release of the Windows 8.1 Update, there is a new mechanism available for running Windows called Windows Image Boot, or WIMBoot for short.  For details about what this is and how it works, see the Springboard blog. Although MDT 2013 doesn’t include any specific support for WIMBoot (maybe something that could be considered…

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Configuring file associations in Windows 8.1

When you are using Windows 8.1 (or Windows 8, which behaves the same way), you may notice that some file types (mapped by file extension) are opened by modern apps while others may be opened by desktop apps.  If you are a tablet user, you may not want the desktop apps; if you are a…

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More experimenting with RAMdisks: Using a VM completely in RAM

In my previous post, I talked about using a small RAMdisk to speed up the process of generating MDT boot images.  But the trial version only supports RAMdisks up to 4GB in size and only on client OSes.  One comment posted to that blog pointed out that StarWind also has a free RAMdisk available, and…

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Experimenting with a RAMdisk

One of the slow operations in the MDT Deployment Workbench is the initial “Update deployment share” process that has to completely generate new Lite Touch boot images.  I always assumed that this was slow due to the amount of I/O being generated by the update process. Recently, ATI and Dataram released a trial version of…

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MDT 2012 Update 1: Deploy to VHD

I was working on a separate blog posting (to be posted soon) that referenced the “Deploy to VHD” support that was present in MDT 2012 and improved in MDT 2012 Update 1 and wanted to include a link to that previous blog.  Except there was no previous blog – I guess I never did one……

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