Monthly Archives: January 2014

Excluding Files and Folders during USMT

Normally when running USMT to capture there are files and folders that I don’t want to capture, typically these maybe folders containing extracted drivers or certain portions of the users profiles, to do this I use the below code.

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