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MDT Windows 7 Updates- WSUSOffline is slow, WSUServer faster??? RRS feed

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  • Currently I am running Server 2012 and MDT to deploy OEM images to various models, complete with Recovery images and some 62 Windows 7 updates included. I used WSUSOffline to acquire the updates and add them into my task sequence using MDT and the appropriate package and unattend.xml settings. Everything works essentially, but SLOW. it takes 20-28 minutes to apply the Unattend file after initial format and install.

    My question is: Would it be faster to set up WSUS as a Role and distribute them that way? Or would the speed be the same? I will be using this server offline after the initial update scrounging, so the prospect of keeping up images with updates is moot.

    Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:39 PM

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  • It would be about the same.

    If you are looking to cut the time the best way IMHO is to do a build and capture on a Hyper-V VM (or something similar).  The advantages include you do the 28minutes of extra work 1 time instead of each time you install.

    1. Create base image with the updates you always want installed: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/08/04/mdt-2013-part-i-mdt-configuration-capture-a-windows-server-2012-r2-base-os-image.aspx
    2. Import the updated wim.
    3. Don't try to inject the updates when you are installing the new updated base wim (that will take quite a bit of time as each update is checked to see if it is applicable so zero updates adds zero extra time).

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    Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:18 PM
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