TrueSec | Windows 10 Deployment

Creating reference images for Windows 10 v1709

Session #1 - Windows 10 1709 Deployment – Notes from the field

In this session you learn about how, and why, reference images are still needed in Windows 10 v1709. You learn about what to do, and what not to do. You also get a crash course in the MDT platform. 

  • Why reference images are still used
  • Removing built-in Applications
  • Legacy settings, CopyProfile
  • Software Updates and Hotfixes
  • Customizing the user experience
  • Start menu, taskbar, default applications etc.
  • Thin, Hybrid, or Thick Images
  • Why using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
  • Thin, Hybrid or Thick Images
  • Software in Thin Images
  • Runtimes (.NET Framework, VC++, Java)
  • Antimalware, Antivirus considerations
  • Software Update and Hotfixes
  • Software in Hybrid Images
  • Software in Thick Images

Session #2 - Creating a Windows 10 1709 reference image using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

In this session will learn how to configure Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to create a customized Windows 10 image, that later can be used to deploy Windows on various platforms, like ConfigMgr or MDT. You learn about adding applications, software updates, adding custom tweaks, as well as how to workaround limitations and common issues.

  • Infrastructure Requirements
  • File Server, Networking, Hypervisors (Hyper-V and VMWare)
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Components
  • Inside the MDT Deployment share
  • MDT Process Flow
  • Setup the MDT Infrastructure
  • Configure the Build Account
  • Creating and Configuring Deployment shares
  • Set Permissions
  • Deployment Share Configurations
  • Adding Operating System Images
  • Adding Packages
  • Configuring Selection Profiles
  • Creating Task Sequences
  • Configuring Task Sequences
  • Running the Build and Capture process
  • Speeding up Image Development Process
  • Speeding up the Build and Capture Process
  • Prevent Sysprep from breaking because of built-in apps being updated
  • Cleanup before Capture
  • File System
  • WSUS information
  • Using the Suspend action for verification

Session #3 - Automation – Using an Image Factory Solution

In this session you will learn how to automate the entire process using an Image Factory solution, including quality assurance, and image validation.

  • Image Factory - Overview
  • Build and Capture using Image Factory
  • Build the captured WIM for verification
  • Generate content report of WIM’s
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - PowerShell
  • CustomSettings.ini – The holy grail of control
  • Hyper-V configurations
  • Image Factory – Setup and Configure
  • Configure the settings file
  • Running the scripts interactive to verify


Mikael Nystrom and Johan Arwidmark

Mikael Nyström
Mikael is a Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He works in-depth with System Center suite, virtualization, cloud platforms, and operating system deployment. Mikael is a very popular instructor, is frequently used by Microsoft for partner training, and speaks at major conferences such as TechEd, Microsoft Ignite, MMS, and TechDays. He also spends a lot of time in communities, like deploymentbunny.com and itproffs.se. Mikael has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for more than twelve years.

Johan Arwidmark
Johan Arwidmark is a consultant and all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions. Johan also speaks at several conferences each year, including MMS and TechEd events around the world. He is actively involved in deployment communities like deploymentresearch.com and myitforum.com and has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for more than twelve years.