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How to create 100% offline media for multiple models?

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  • I am configuring MDT 2012 Update 1 for deploying Windows 7 and Windows 8. We need to build 100% offline media for imaging non-network connected machines. Network imaging of machines is also needed. We have approximately 10 models of equipment. In MDT I plan to use %ModelAlias% (from a custom script) to determine which OOB driver folder should be used for a TS. I'm building a library folder structure of device/OS specific drivers, so there's no mass PnP confusion. We may also need to use %modelalias% to install device specific software (such as hotkey software) packages.

    Where I need clarification is how to appropriately build the offline media that can use the %modelalias% logic and select the right drivers/applications like the online method does.

    When I create a new media item it's very limited what I can specify. I'm limited to one selection profile. So a little insight on the best extensible way to approach this would be appreciated.  


    Blog: derek858.blogpspot.com VMware vExpert 2012

    Sunday, July 14, 2013 3:07 AM

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  • Yes, that's why I said if you don't want everything, you'll probably want to enhance your folder structure by adding folders for those objects so it gives you something more granular to select in the profile.

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

    • Marked as answer by vDerekS Sunday, July 14, 2013 11:04 PM
    Sunday, July 14, 2013 2:18 PM
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  • You'll want to create a new Selection Profile specifically for this Offline Media.  When you do so, include all Application folders that you'll want, all Operating Systems, all Driver folders, and all Task Sequence folders.  If you want everything in your Deployment Share, it's pretty easy, just check the parent box for each type.  If you don't want everything, you may need to alter your folder structure a bit for each type (App, OS, TS, etc) so that the Selection Profile can select just what you want.

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

    Sunday, July 14, 2013 1:50 PM
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  • Thanks! I also noticed in the profile selection creation that I can only select folder objects (e.g. task sequences, applications). Is that normal? I'd like to just include a specific task sequence in the profile, and be more granular with other objects as well.

    Blog: www.derekseaman.com, VMware vExpert 2012/2013

    Sunday, July 14, 2013 2:08 PM
  • Yes, that's why I said if you don't want everything, you'll probably want to enhance your folder structure by adding folders for those objects so it gives you something more granular to select in the profile.

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

    • Marked as answer by vDerekS Sunday, July 14, 2013 11:04 PM
    Sunday, July 14, 2013 2:18 PM
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  • One last question. Is it possible to create spanned DVD media? Image is coming in over a dual layer DVD ISO size limit.

    Blog: www.derekseaman.com, VMware vExpert 2012/2013

    Sunday, July 14, 2013 2:34 PM