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Nice to Know – Get rid of all junk before Sysprep and Capture when creating a reference image in MDT

Another really nice blog from Mikael , i always use the resetbase and cleanup when i create reference images in MDT to reduce the WIM file size. Always nice to have a small WIM if you have alot of DPs out there in the enviornment.

The Deployment Bunny

When you create a reference Image it will in most cases it will be updated with patches and some more patches and then some… That will make the image bigger and therefore the deployment of that image will take longer and consume more network resources. That can be corrected by getting rid of superseded patches, junk, temp files and much more. MDT does take care of much using the wimscript.ini during the capture process, but not all, not the old updates among other things.

The Solution

Since MDT is the preferred method to create reference images you can download the script, import it as an application and then run the application just before the Sysprep and Capture step. The Script works for the following versions of Windows:

  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1 Update
  • Windows Server 2008 2 SP1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

However, to make…

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PowerShell is King – Download all VC++ runtimes using a script

Really nice script from Mikael on how to get all the latest C++ Reds for your reference image.

The Deployment Bunny

Yes, it is true, sine I create reference images for customers i always need the VC++ runtimes, and yes i need all of them. Microsoft actually has one page with all the latest versions, well the page points to all the separate downloads, anyway. Since automation is nice and PowerShell is a god workhorse to do the job i used one of my old download engine and modified it slightly.

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How does it work?

The script reads 2 parameters from the command line, the XML file and the download folder. In the XML file each file has its settings (some of them not used here), basically the URL, name of file, where to store it and things like that. The script does a for each loop until all files has been downloaded, if one file could not be downloaded, just run the script once more and it will download the missing…

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