Create a custom Windows PE boot image with Configuration Manager
- Windows 10 versions 1507, 1511
For instructions to deploy the most recent version of Windows 10 with Configuration Manager, see Scenarios to deploy enterprise operating systems with System Center Configuration Manager. Configuration Manager 2012 and 2012 R2 provide support for Windows 10 versions 1507 and 1511 only. Later versions of Windows 10 require an updated Configuration Manager release. For a list of Configuration Manager versions and the corresponding Windows 10 client versions that are supported, see Support for Windows 10 for System Center Configuration Manager.
In Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, you can create custom Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) boot images that include extra components and features. This topic shows you how to create a custom Windows PE 5.0 boot image with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) wizard. You can also add the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 10 to the boot image as part of the boot image creation process.
For the purposes of this topic, we will use two machines: DC01 and CM01. DC01 is a domain controller and CM01 is a machine running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. Both are members of the domain contoso.com for the fictitious Contoso Corporation. For more details on the setup for this topic, please see Deploy Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
The steps below outline the process for adding DaRT 10 installation files to the MDT installation directory. You also copy a custom background image to be used later. We assume you have downloaded Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2015 and copied the x64 version of MSDaRT10.msi to the C:\Setup\DaRT 10 folder. We also assume you have created a custom background image and saved it in C:\Setup\Branding on CM01. In this section, we use a custom background image named ContosoBackground.bmp.
Install DaRT 10 (C:\Setup\DaRT 10\MSDaRT10.msi) using the default settings.
Using File Explorer, navigate to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft DaRT\v10 folder.
Copy the Toolsx64.cab file to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools\x64 folder.
Copy the Toolsx86.cab file to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Distribution\Tools\x86 folder.
Using File Explorer, navigate to the C:\Setup folder.
Copy the Branding folder to E:\Sources\OSD.
By using the MDT wizard to create the boot image in Configuration Manager, you gain additional options for adding components and features to the boot image. In this section, you create a boot image for Configuration Manager using the MDT wizard.
Using the Configuration Manager Console, in the Software Library workspace, expand Operating Systems, right-click Boot Images, and select Create Boot Image using MDT.
On the Package Source page, in the Package source folder to be created (UNC Path): text box, type \\CM01\Sources$\OSD\Boot\Zero Touch WinPE x64 and click Next.
The Zero Touch WinPE x64 folder does not yet exist. The folder will be created later by the wizard.
On the General Settings page, assign the name Zero Touch WinPE x64 and click Next.
On the Options page, select the x64 platform, and click Next.
On the Components page, in addition to the default selected Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC/ADO) support, select the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) check box.
Figure 15. Add the DaRT component to the Configuration Manager boot image.
On the Customization page, select the Use a custom background bitmap file check box, and in the UNC path: text box, browse to \\CM01\Sources$\OSD\Branding\ ContosoBackground.bmp. Then click Next twice.
It will take a few minutes to generate the boot image.
Distribute the boot image to the CM01 distribution point by selecting the Boot images node, right-clicking the Zero Touch WinPE x64 boot image, and selecting Distribute Content.
In the Distribute Content Wizard, add the CM01 distribution point, and complete the wizard.
Using Configuration Manager Trace, review the E:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs\distmgr.log file. Do not continue until you can see that the boot image is distributed. Look for the line that reads STATMSG: ID=2301. You also can view Content Status in the Configuration Manager Console by selecting the Zero Touch WinPE x86 boot image.
Figure 16. Content status for the Zero Touch WinPE x64 boot image
Using the Configuration Manager Console, right-click the Zero Touch WinPE x64 boot image and select Properties.
In the Data Source tab, select the Deploy this boot image from the PXE-enabled distribution point check box, and click OK.
Using Configuration Manager Trace, review the E:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs\distmgr.log file and look for this text: Expanding PS10000B to E:\RemoteInstall\SMSImages.
Review the E:\RemoteInstall\SMSImages folder. You should see three folders containing boot images. Two are from the default boot images, and the third folder (PS10000B) is from your new boot image with DaRT.
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