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MDT2012 - Deploy image from USB?

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  • I am currently using MDT to deploy images/applications (via bootable USB) from my deployment share.  Am I able to copy certain files directly to a USB stick and install that way?  with the MDT server down or not present?  I want to ship these USB sticks to branch offices and have them deploy the images (not across the WAN, but locally).

    Monday, July 15, 2013 7:19 PM

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  • MDT supports this directly and it's called Stand-alone Media (or often "Offline Media").  In your Workbench, go under "Advanced Configuration" and add a new Selection Profile.  This Selection Profile will include all the objects that you want added to your Stand-alone Media.  Your folder structure may not support selecting just the things you want, so you may need to add new folders and move objects so that you can reach just what you want with the Selection Profile.

    Then select the Media folder (also under "Advanced Configuration").  Create New Media by providing a new path location and the Selection Profile we just created (and check the option to create an ISO).  This will generate an ISO file that has all the boot components and everything (Applications, OS, Task Sequence, Drivers) that you selected with the Selection Profile.  Also note that this "Media" object has it's own unique CustomSettings.ini and Bootstrap.ini as well as rules and configuration for drivers/features of WinPE.

    Note that the ISO generated may be large, so you might need to do a few things for splitting it.  See this Deployment Guys article for information on how to do that: http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2011/09/02/getting-more-into-dvd-media-based-deployment.aspx


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Monday, July 15, 2013 7:39 PM
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  • MDT supports this directly and it's called Stand-alone Media (or often "Offline Media").  In your Workbench, go under "Advanced Configuration" and add a new Selection Profile.  This Selection Profile will include all the objects that you want added to your Stand-alone Media.  Your folder structure may not support selecting just the things you want, so you may need to add new folders and move objects so that you can reach just what you want with the Selection Profile.

    Then select the Media folder (also under "Advanced Configuration").  Create New Media by providing a new path location and the Selection Profile we just created (and check the option to create an ISO).  This will generate an ISO file that has all the boot components and everything (Applications, OS, Task Sequence, Drivers) that you selected with the Selection Profile.  Also note that this "Media" object has it's own unique CustomSettings.ini and Bootstrap.ini as well as rules and configuration for drivers/features of WinPE.

    Note that the ISO generated may be large, so you might need to do a few things for splitting it.  See this Deployment Guys article for information on how to do that: http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2011/09/02/getting-more-into-dvd-media-based-deployment.aspx


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

     I do not have that option "(and check the option to create an ISO)." 
    Thursday, July 18, 2013 5:43 PM
  • If you go to the media properties, the bottom selection should be "Generate a LiteTouch bootable ISO image." If you need an ISO - large content, want to burn a disc, etc. - make sure that option is checked. Note that generating an ISO is not required. For example, if you have a bootable USB drive with enough space, you can simply copy and paste the contents (subfolders) of the \\%MEDIAPATH%\Content folder.

    -Nick O.

    Thursday, July 18, 2013 6:16 PM
  • I have that checked.. it says its successful, however, ISO never gets created.. and I notice all the folders are empty.

    Monday, July 22, 2013 3:28 PM
  • Right-click on your Media option and select "Update Media Content".  Validate that it completes successfully, then check for the ISO under the folder.  If it's still not there, make sure that AV isn't interferring with the process.

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Monday, July 22, 2013 5:59 PM
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