Disk Configuration Wizard Customization: MDT (WSIM)

This is regarding the activity recently I have completed at global IT services and consulting company . Their IT manager had a requirement that after creating the media when we boot up as per the LTI automation it automatically formats the drive and install new OS. But they want to see thewizardfor format and partition during installation so that their IT engineer can manually decide on the partition to install and proceed with Windows 7 installaion.

1. First we need to import the custom image captured in the deployment share.

2. Then we need to create Standard Client task sequence and disable Format and partition in Task Sequence as below.

3. Then go to OS info tab in Task Sequence.

4. Click on Unattend.xml

5. This will process and open the custom image in Windows system image manager.

6. Go to Components and then to Windows setup neutral.
7. Go to Disk Configuration. Right click and add the setting to Pass 1 WindowsPE.
8. Go to its properties on right hand side and make WillShowUI to Always.
9. Then click on Save and close the Windows SIM.
10. Click OK on task sequence properties.
11. Then go to deployment share properties.
12. And automate in the rules as per the requirement. Make sure for Deployment type give NEWCOMPUTER.
13. Right click on deployment share and then update deployment share.
14. Then go to media, right click and create new media.
15. Then go to media properties and specify the appropriate automation rule.
16. Again remember to specify NEWCOMPUTER in deployment type.
17. Click OK. Then update media content.
18. Once media is updated we get the iso file at the specified location.
19. Using this LiteTouchMedia iso, we can boot and install Windows 7 on client machines.
20. Here we have XP machine with 2 drives. We also have files on E drive.

21. Now I have copied the iso file on my base system which we can use to test the client machines.
22. Add the iso to the test PC and boot it from CD.
23. It will start loading files from iso to XP machines.
24. It will go through the normal deployment process.
25. Then just before installing the Windows 7 OS it will give us the Disk Configuration wizard where we can specify the configuration as required.
26. Then we can click on Next and go ahead with Windows 7 installation.
27. Now the deployment completed successfully.
28. Here we can see that XP machine migrated to Windows 7 and the data on E drive is still there.

9 thoughts on “Disk Configuration Wizard Customization: MDT (WSIM)

  1. Now try this same thing, but with automated, silent software installs such as Microsoft Office. My experience is that it will not continue the automation after Windows completes its installation.


  2. Thanks, that was i'm looking for. However, if we want to manually do partitioning for NEWcomputer and REFRESH / REPLACE, what should we specify in DeploymentShare properties ?


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