Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:30 PM
Is it possible to display to the user the custom windows setup window that allows users to format/partition any installed hard drive in the WinPE environment? Currently I have three task sequences. The first one is a standard wipe & load. The second one creates a C: and a D: partition and installs the OS on C:. The third option does a wipe & load on C: and leaves D: intact.
I am wondering if it is possible to give the user the option to format a second partition before proceeding with one of the three above task sequences. When I go to manually install Windows, it allows me to hit the "Custom Install" button and brings up a window where I can delete, create, and format partitions. This window is what I am looking for in WinPE.
Can I set this up through MDT?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:09 PM
No, you would need to develop a custom wizard for that. MDT is designed to take those issues away.
In best practices, the administrator decides the partitions and creates a Task Sequence for each required scenario.
Users should not really be formatting drives(or thinking about such) nor would they want to.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:37 PM
I see what you're saying, but I create a deployment that gives options our users need. I assure you our users do want this ability. As I said above, they wanted the option to have a D: partition, and the option to wipe & load C: while leaving the D: partition intact. Now we have a group asking for the ability to have our deployment format a second hard disk in addition to the current abilities. So WinPE/MDT has no capability of displaying the advanced window that lets users format/partition drives?
Currently the only way I would know to do this would be to create three new task sequences that do the exact same steps the first three do, but format a second hard drive as well. I am looking for a more elegant solution.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:50 PM
I see. Elegant is very possible. In fact anything is if you throw enough resources at it.
The MDT Wizard Editor tool will help you to create a custom wizard pane. It may take time for you to develop it, depending on your scripting expertise.
You can read about it and get it from here: