Category Archives: MDT

Set a WSUS Target Group during build and capture

I recently found myself needing to set a WSUS target group during the build and capture of a Windows 7 image using MDT.  This is a typical scenario when clients don’t assign updates to the unassigned computers group on WSUS and is quite easy to get around.

Debug Task Sequence

A good way to test your scripts or application installs in a deployment environment is to use a debug task sequence, Dan over at The Deployment Guys blog posted this http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2011/11/04/zti-mdt-debugger-1-0.aspx which you can download an install.

How to test your customsettings.ini file

Before making changes to a live customsettings.ini file, I like to test the file to ensure that any changes I have made do not break the deployment share.  There are a couple of ways that you can do this, one way is shown here http://deploymentbunny.com/2011/04/27/quick-and-dirty-testing-customsettings-ini-variables-in-mdt/, in my case I do it this way.

Category: MDT

Set the computer description during the build process

I recently had a request from a client to add a description to the computer account entry in AD during the build process. The client required both the serial number of the machine and the model of the machine to be recorded in the description field of the AD computer account properties. I had seen… Read More »

Updating the master image when no internal WSUS available

One of the steps during the creation of the master Windows 7 or Windows 8 image is to patch the machine up to the latest set of released updates. I normally automate this as part of the build and capture process using and internal WSUS server however, I recently had a situation where the client… Read More »

Category: MDT

MDT USMT Capture Error

During a recent migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 I had a couple of machines that were failing the user state capture part of the build process.  The machines would start the user state capture and looked as though it was running, however after a couple of minutes the process would fail.