MDT2012 Update 1 : Change settings.xml using PowerShell

  The default PowerShell cmdlet to create the media deploypoint doesn’t include option to select the boot image feature packs. But you can dynamically edit the settings.xml using the following PowerShell command before generating the ISO image.   $xmlFile = \\MDTServer\DeploymentShare\Control\Settings.xml $xmlDoc = [XML](gc $xmlFile) $xmldoc.Settings.’Boot.X86.FeaturePacks’ = "winpe-dismcmdlets,winpe-enhancedstorage,winpe-fonts-legacy,winpe-fontsupport-ja-jp,winpe-fontsupport-ko-kr,winpe-fontsupport-zh-cn,winpe-fontsupport-zh-hk,winpe-fontsupport-zh-tw,winpe-mdac,winpe-netfx4,winpe-powershell3,winpe-pppoe,winpe-rndis,winpe-securebootcmdlets,winpe-storagewmi" $xmldoc.Settings.’Boot.X64.FeaturePacks’ = "winpe-dismcmdlets,winpe-dot3svc,winpe-enhancedstorage,winpe-fonts-legacy,winpe-fontsupport-ja-jp,winpe-fontsupport-ko-kr,winpe-fontsupport-zh-cn,winpe-fontsupport-zh-hk,winpe-fontsupport-zh-tw,winpe-mdac,winpe-netfx4,winpe-powershell3,winpe-pppoe,winpe-rndis,winpe-securebootcmdlets,winpe-storagewmi" $xmldoc.Save($xmlFile)   Disclaimer: The…

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Install Windows 8 as VHD using Windows 7 boot from VHD feature

Many users want to try Windows 8 but they also don’t want to give up their existing Windows 7 yet. Here is a step by step guide to install Windows 8 on a VHD (Virtual hard Drive) running off of your Windows 7 operating system. This will enable you to dual boot the machine with…

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MDT 2012 : Enabling GPOPack for Windows 8

    New Feature in MDT2012 allow you to deploy a Group Policy Object (GPO) Pack.  Now that SCM 3.0 Beta now available to support Windows 8. (More info here and here ) You need to tweak the script to enable the support for deployment of GPO for Windows 8 Step 1: Build your local…

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Creating additional controls for MDT Application

  Creating controls for your application deployment is fairly simple. Step 1: Create a simple HTML controls with the variable names you would like to use and the values Step 2: Remove the character returns , spaces and form this in a single line format Step 3: Create a script to drive the installation based…

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Re-installing WDS in Windows 2003 for Mixed Mode

1. Run the following command from a CMD prompt and save the results for later reference: WDSUTIL /get-server /show:config 2. Stop the WDS Service. To do this, run the following command from a CMD prompt: net stop wdsserver 3. Rename the “Remote Install” folder (R:\RemoteInstall). You will received a message that the share will be…

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Registering Environment Variables in MDT – Script

It’s possible to write a task sequence variable but not the Windows Environment Variables. But you can write a simple wsf file and use the in-built registry write function. <job id=” Z_Filename.wsf “> <script language=”VBScript” src=”ZTIUtility.vbs”/> <script language=”VBScript”> oShell.RegWrite “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment\MDTPath”, oEnvironment.Item(“DeployRoot”), “REG_SZ” oLogging.CreateEntry “Registry Value Successful.”, LogTypeInfo </script> </job> Save the file Z_Filename.wsf to…

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Broadcom Net Extreme II Driver deployment in MDT 2010

1. Configure your task sequence to copy the driver to local HDD. Technorati Tags: Broadcom in MDT2010,Broadcom NetExtreme II xcopy Source destination /E /Q Command Line : Xcopy %DEPLOYROOT%\$OEM$\All %DESTINATIONLOGICALDRIVE%\MININT\ /E /Q   2. Configure FirstLogonCommand in Unattended.xml ( in 2008 ) or GUIRunOnce in Unattended.txt in 2003 to run the setup package. In our…

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Identify Unknown Device

The way to identify the right driver is fairly simple. 1. First Identify the right PNP_ID (DEV_ID) of the device. If you are already inside Windows, then go to device manager–>properties–> Details –>Under Property select "Hardware Ids" and Make a note of VEN_XXXX and DEV_XXXX 2. With the identified VEN and DEV ID’s locate the…

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Configure Microsoft Synthetic drivers in MDT 2008

Configure Microsoft Synthetic drivers in MDT 2008 Extract the drivers from VMGuest.ISO. Add the extracted drivers using the Driver Wizard Page and create a driver group called Hyper-V. Once it’s imported, check the proper architecture for the driver. Now Go to Deployment point, Select your Network deploy point right click Properties –> Driver Group Uncheck…

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Working with Legacy NIC on Hyper-V with MDT

Deploying Server 2003 with MDT 2008 on Hyper-V server. Issue : You will find machine boot fine with PE 2.0 and connect to the deploy share but after deploying the 2003 OS. At the first boot you will find the machine does not connect back to the deployshare. Resolve : Windows 2003 does not hold…

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