In this edition of Group Policy Quick Tips, I’ll be covering a policy that has been around a while, but was renamed and might be hard to find if you haven’t configured it before. In Windows 7/Server 2008 R2, this setting was called “Exclude files from being cached.” With Windows 8.x/Server 2012, the name changed to “Enable file screens.” Same thing; different name.
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 automated. When this happens, you need to temporarily pause or suspend the Task Sequence so that you can perform whatever manual steps are needed. So, how do you do that?
In the previous parts of this series, I covered setting up MDT and all the customizations that are necessary to automate the process of creating a reference image. Now that MDT is configured, we can capture our first reference image.
Now that we’ve installed everything, imported the OS, and created a Task Sequence, we need to make some customizations to the CustomSettings.ini and the Bootstrap.ini. Both files can be accessed one of two ways:
Now that you have MDT and the ADK installed, we need to set up a deployment share in MDT. Regardless of whether this is a clean install of MDT on a dedicated box or your existing MDT server, we’re going to start off by creating a new Deployment Share that will be dedicated to reference image creation. Continue reading
When it comes to deploying an operating system to a computer, speed and accuracy are the name of the game. If you’re installing applications that are common across your organization as tasks in your OS deploy or installing the latest Windows updates after the deploy finishes, you can save tons of time by using a reference image.
In this series for 4sysops, I detail how you can use Client Hyper-V with Windows XP RemoteApps in Windows 8 to replace XP Mode from Windows 7.