It has been a while that I blogged about the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 integration with Configuration Manager 2012. Let’s see today how you are able to create a task sequence and what you are able to do with it.

When being in the Configuration Manager 2012 Console, go to the Software Library workspace and browse to Operating Systems and Task Sequences. From there click on the Create MDT Task Sequence button in the home ribbon.

The Create MDT task sequence will start and let’s choose Client Task Sequence. Other options are Client Replace Task Sequence, OEM Preload Task Sequence (Post-OEM), OEM Preload Task Sequence (Pre-OEM), Microsoft Deployment Custom Task Sequence, Server Task Sequence and User Driven Installation Task Sequence. In the following blogs I will come back at all the different Task Sequences.

Select the right task sequence template

Give the Task Sequence a name and click on Next to proceed configuring the Task Sequence.

Supply a name for the Task Sequence

Supply details about the domain you are joining, the account which is used to join the workstation to the domain and the Windows Settings.

Select the components for your new Boot Image

If you don’t want to backup a computer before reimaging, click on Next. Select or create a new Boot image, based on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Let’s create a new one for this blog so supply an UNC path and click on next. After that supply the name and version of the boot image and click on next. Select the Boot Image components. Go further with configuring.

When being in the testing phase select the enable command support (F8) at the customizations screen and click on next. After creating a custom boot image, let’s supply the information to create a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 package. Next you need to select the Windows Image that you want to deploy.

If don’t already have a Configuration Manager 2012 Client package, you are able to let the wizard create a package for you.

Create a new Conifguration Manager 2012 Client package

The next step is to use or create an User State Migration Toolkit 4 package, let’s create one and supply the information (UNC path for the source, name and version etc) to create a new one. Next you need to create a new Settings package, in this package a new customsettings.ini and unattended.xml is deployed.

Skip the Sysprep package since we will deploy a Windows 7 image and finish the Wizard.

While creating the MDT Task Sequence, the boot image, Configuration Manager Client package, USMT package and settings package are created. Be sure to place them on the distribution points in your environment.

While creating the boot image you see some action in the package source folder and in the process bar.

The WIM file is being created

Monitor the progress bar

Let’s see how the just created Task Sequence looks like by selecting the Task Sequence and clicking on the edit button in the home ribbon.

Task Sequence full of tasks

As you see a lot more tasks in the task sequence are there, this is because this one task sequence supports three deployment scenario’s, the refresh scenario, new computer and the replace scenario (in combination with the Client Replace Task Sequence). Further
scripts that make the deployment of a Windows image smoother are added to the task sequence.

Next you need to deploy this task sequence to a collection and be sure to copy all the related content to the distribution points like mentioned earlier. Also be sure to enable the new boot image for booting with PXE.

Boot your machine into PXE and depending of your task sequence and deployment the deployment will start automatically or you need to entwer WinPE by pressing F12 while booting into PXE.

Windows 7 is being installed


Earlier blogs about the MDT 2012 integration with Configuration Manager 2012:

Till next time!