Working With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 – Part 6: Boot Media

In our last post we created a Task Sequence to build and capture a Windows image.

Now we are going to create the Boot Media that will be used to build and capture a Windows image.

Start by launching the Deployment Workbench.

MDT Install 07

Create Boot Media

We are going to create Boot Media to demonstrate using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to build and capture a reference system. An alternative to using the boot media is to use Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) booting, but that requires having a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server setup and configured, along with a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. I may document how to do this later, but for now, we’re going to use Boot Media.

Expand the Deployment Share that was created, and right-click on the Deployment Share folder and choose Update Deployment Share. This will initiate the Update Deployment Share Wizard.

MDT Generate Boot Media 01

On the Options screen, choose “Optimize the boot image updating process” option, and then click Next.

Update Deployment Share Wizard 01

On the Summary screen, click Next.

Update Deployment Share Wizard 02

The Progress screen will display information on each step it is performing. Please note that this may take some time to complete, so be patient.

Update Deployment Share Wizard 03

On the Confirmation screen, click Finish.

Update Deployment Share Wizard 04

Now if you navigate to your Deployment Share directory, you will see a directory labelled Boot. Within there you will see the Boot Images created, labelled “LiteTouchPE_x86.iso” and “LiteTouchPE_x64.iso”.

MDT Generate Boot Media 02

You now have the Boot Images created, and we can use them to build and capture a reference system.

Here is a video walk through:

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