We’ll continue this series by creating a Build and Capture Task Sequence in this post and then adding the steps in our task sequence to add our applications, packages and scripts to customize the reference image.
(In the previous post we populated our MDT deployment share with our applications, packages, scripts and the Windows 10 1703 image we’re going to need for this post.)
Open up the Deployment Workbench and let’s go ahead and build our task sequence.
Create the Build and Capture Task Sequence
Right-click on the Task Sequence node and select “New Task Sequence”. Go through the Wizard and enter/choose the following options:
- Task Sequence Id: buildw10-1703
- Task sequence name: Build and Capture Windows 10 Reference Image (1703)
- Template: Standard Client Task Sequence
- Select OS: choose the Windows 10 1703 OS you imported in the previous post
- Specify Product Key: Do not specify a product key at this time
- Full Name: Naz (change to your liking)
- Organization: Me, Myself and IT (change to your liking)
- Internet Explorer home page: emeneye.wordpress.com (change to your liking)
- Enter an Administrator password
What we have now is a pretty bare-bones task sequence which will only install Windows and nothing else. We need to edit it to add steps which will turn this Windows installation into a reference image.
Customize the Task Sequence
Expand Components > 7 oobeSystem > amd64_Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup__neutral > select OOBE. Enter “3” (without quotes) next to “ProtectYourPC” in the Properties pane (on the right).
Close the Windows System Image Manager window.
2) Back on the properties of the task sequence click on the “Task Sequence” tab. Here you will edit the task sequence to add the applications and packages to install and the scripts to customize our reference image.
Expand the Pre-install group and select the “Apply Patches” step. From the selection profile choose the profile you created which includes the language packs and cumulative update for Windows 10 1703 (this was covered in Step 4 in the previous post).
3) Expand the “State Restore” group and note that all your applications, packages and customisation steps should be added AFTER the “Tattoo” step.
I’ve got a before and after screenshot to show what you should currently have and what it should look like after adding our steps to the Task Sequence to customise our reference image. Use this screenshot and the notes that follow to add your steps.
Here’s the before and after screenshots (sorry it’s a bit :
|Before adding customisations||After adding customisations|
Notes on Editing the Task Sequence
It may be easier to keep the above screenshots in sight while going through the following notes so you have both side by side for reference. Continue reading