We recently started evaluating Windows 8.1 at work and, quite frankly, I forgot how much effort went into creating a fully customized reference image. I did the work several years ago when we migrated to Windows 7 and I can build out that infrastructure in my sleep. But, it seems that there are even more […]
For most systems, I typically recommend using the primary disk’s full capacity as one partition, C:\, instead of creating multiple partitions/drive letters for end users. As an IT Pro, it makes it easier for me to find someone’s “stuff” if they store their data in a standard location like their default profile location, C:\Users\%username%\. If […]
I had a great question come in last week and the writer agreed to let me respond as an article: Kyle, Last July, I started my first real systems administrator job at a school system here in the Midwest. One of the things I inherited was Ghost for imaging computers in classrooms, computer labs and […]
As I covered previously, you can customize the CustomSettings.ini in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to show a custom message like the name of your IT department or company/organization when an OS deployment is running. You can take this customization a step further by using variables within the MDT environment to customize the message further.
There may be times when you, for one reason or another, have to perform a manual step as part of creating a reference image. This could be anything from installing a finicky or old piece of software that doesn’t have an unattended installer, making manual changes, or anything else that for whatever reason can’t be […]