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    Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Architect at TrueSec

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Nice to Know – Reset the WSUS update Count during OSD, allows automatic reinstallation of patches that failed

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on March 30, 2015

No, this is NOT something new, its just that it needs to be spread more…

In MDT 2010, there were some improvements to the ZTIWindowsUpdate.wsf script, the reason as to cut down time, they did and at the same time ZTI was not as reliable as it used to be. The issue is very simple, the task sequence remembers all patches that has been installed, so it will never ever re-install a patch and that is great, unless a patch needs to be reinstalled and it might need to…

Alexey (with help from Keith) did create a script in mars 2010 that resets the counter. You can find the blog post here The script you download from my site, does the same thing, the script is just slightly polished…

How to use it?

  • Download, Unzip and store the script in the Scripts folder of the MDT share
  • Modify the task Sequence:
  • Add a “Run Command Line” with the following command
    • cscript.exe "%SCRIPTROOT%\ZTIWindowsUpdateReset.wsf"

It should look something like this:



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Nice to Know – Reset WSUS to “Factory Default” settings after OSD in MDT

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on March 30, 2015

Same days a go I write a post on how to reset WSUS after OSD in MDT, but of course a very good friend was complaining slightly, it was something “Yeah, great but I would like to reset WSUS back to it has never ever been used, like a factory reset…”

Since I’m a nice guy, here it is, the WSUS Factory Reset application for MDT.

So, same story, download(, unzip and import as an application, like this.


Then add it as an application in the MDT Task Sequence, something like this.



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Nice to Know – Yes, it is possible to copy items between to Task Sequences as well as copy items between 2 different deployment shares

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on November 11, 2014

This is NOT a new feature, I cant even remember how long this has been working, but this morning I saw a Tweet when someone was happy about the possibility to copy items between deployment shares in MDT, so for thoose that knows all this, you do not need to read more, for the rest of you.

Yes, you can copy items between Task Sequences

(it also works copy items within a Task Sequence)

This works in both MDT as well as in ConfigMgr.




Yes, you can copy items between Deployment Shares (Only for MDT, Lite Touch)

In this case I have 3 deployment shares in the Deployment Workbench and it is possible to copy all kind of items between these 3 deployment shares


Let us copy some application from one deployment share to another.

Select Application, right click and select Copy.


Browse to new location, right-click, select Paste.


The application has been copied to the new deployment share.



Posted in ConfigMgr, Lite Touch, MDT, OSD, Zero Touch | Tagged: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

OSD – Using PowerShell Commands in UserExit VB script to extend the ZTIGather process during OSD

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on November 11, 2014

During todays session I realized that I have done a lot of OSD stuff, but never published it (shame on me), so time to work. First up is how to run PowerShell CommandLets inside a UserExit script. A UserExit script is an extension to the ZTIGather process, giving you the opportunity to extend the gather process with information that the Gather process does not cover. That has been possible for a long time, but VBscript is not really the easiest script language in the world, so I asked my self if it would be possible to use PowerShell inside the VBscript and of course it is!

The idea

The basic idea is to run the UserExit script from customsettings.ini as usual and then do a jump out into PowerShell, execute the PowerShell CMDLets, terminate and return the value into the VBscript, which then will be a value connected to a Custom Property in the gather process, which then can be consumed by customsettings.ini and/or the task sequence. you can download everything from here:


The Boot Image

The boot image must have support for PowerShell and you can get that by adding .NET and PowerShell

Lite Touch.

Zero Touch.

The Customsettings.ini file

The customsettings.ini file will direct ZTIGather to process the section called UserExits, which will execute the UserExit.vbs script, call the function called RunningPSCommand and return the value from that function into the property called PSCommand.

This is a sample of how the customsettings.ini file should look like to call the UserExit script.

The UserExit Script that runs PowerShell commands

The script is rather simple, basically the PowerShell command is a string, executed by PowerShell.exe and using Executor.StdIn.Close to close the window and then using Executor.StdOut.ReadAll to grab whatever you have in the window and put that in the RunningPSCommand, which then is returned back to the ZTIGather process as a value for the Property RunningPSCommand.


The result of running the ZTIGather


As you can see the PowerShell command was running and returned the value “Virtual Machine” and now the Property PSCommand is equal to Virtual Machine and can be used elsewhere in CustomSettings.ini or in the Task Sequence


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OSD – Static IP Address does not work in Lite Touch using Offline Media

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on November 7, 2014

During a project Johan and was working a while ago, we used Offline Media and we had a problem to set a static IP Address during OSD. After digging Johan found the issue and here is the solution.



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PowerShell is King – Testing OS Deployment Web Services using PowerShell

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on November 2, 2014

Recently I was setting up Maik Kosters OS Deployment Web Services for a customer and I need to test them, sure, you can do that interactively directly by running them, but I wanted the “PowerShell” way to do it.

You can get the Web Services from Maik Koster here:

Testing a Web Services the Non PowerShell Way.

Browsing to the Web Services

Select the DoesComputerExists

Type in a value and Invoke.

Testing a Web Services the PowerShell Way.

Since PowerShell has the function built-in it is very much a no-brainer.

To connect and get all members from the Web Services execute this:

$ADWebS = New-WebServiceProxy -Uri http://MDT01/OSD/ad.asmx?WSDL
$ADWebS | Get-Member -Type Method

That will give you something like this back


To connect and get one member with some detail execute this:

$ADWebS = New-WebServiceProxy -Uri http://MDT01/OSD/ad.asmx?WSDL
$ADWebS | Get-Member -Name DoesComputerExist -Type Method | Format-List

That will give you something like this back


So, to test the DoesComputerExists with a value you can now execute the following:

$CompuerNameToTest = "MDT01"
$ADWebS = New-WebServiceProxy -Uri http://MDT01/OSD/ad.asmx?WSDL
$ComputerExistsInAd = $ADWebS.DoesComputerExist("$CompuerNameToTest")

Write-Host "The Computer $CompuerNameToTest exists in Active Directory: $ComputerExistsInAd"

So if the Computer Exists in Active Directory you should get something like this back



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Nice to have–VB Script Wrapper for all VC++ installers to be used in MDT

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on September 25, 2014

During todays session at The Ultimate Event I did a demo of a VBscript Wrapper that install all VC++ runtimes. Mr “Someone” asked if it was published and I said yes, I was wrong so here it is.

The Script

The script will install all versions of VC++ on 32 and 64 bit machines as an application in a task sequence, that way you don’t need to have one application for each VC++ application.

Download the script from here

The Task Sequence

After you have added the application in the MDT workbench, add the application to the Workbench like this:


The Application

When importing the application it should look like this:


The folder

The folder needs to have all the VC++ files organized in a folder structure that looks like this:


You can use the script in the following folder to download all files in the correct folder structure. Check this blog post:


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My sessions at TechEd Europe 2014

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on August 27, 2014


TechEd Europa 2014

TechEd Europe is Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, providing the technical education, product evaluation, and community resources to plan, architect, deploy, manage and secure a connected enterprise. TechEd Europe will be held October 28-31 at Fira Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. For more information:

PRC05: Deploying and Managing Windows in the Real World

What does it take for organizations to deploy and manage Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone? During this all-day seminar, examine the requirements needed to execute the entire process. We ensure that you understand what has changed in Windows 8.1, how you prepare for a Windows 8.1 migration, how to create your Windows 8.1 image, how to deploy Windows 8.1, and how to deploy Windows Store apps to the already-deployed computers using an enterprise app store. Regardless of whether you are new to Windows deployment and management, new to Windows 8.1, or an existing Windows 7 or Windows XP expert, there will be benefits for all attendees, from “how-to’s” to best practices, to tips and tricks

WIN-B314: Deploying Windows 8.1 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)

If your job contains the duty of deploying Windows 8/8.1 and you would like to do this using the free tools provided by Microsoft, this session is for you. During the session we cover the basic steps to install the solution and the configure it. We explain things like reference images, Windows Deployment Services, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Lite Touch, new computer scenario, refresh old computers and how to replace old computers while keeping the user data and re-installing applications.

A message from Mike:

You are invited and very much welcome to my sessions. If you do have the time to join the sessions, please don’t hesitate to swing by the podium before or after sessions, it’s ok to just say hi. I hope to see U.

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Nice to Know–Presenting applications in the MDT Wizard based on location

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on July 8, 2014

A friend (You know how you are…) asked me today “I need to have different application bundles in the MDT Wizard based on location, any ideas?” and since I cant refuse to help a friend, here is a solution.

Use WizardSelectionProfile, Selection Profile and Default Gateway

So here is a step by step, kind of.

Configure CustomSettings.ini

You need to add DefaultGateway to the customsettings.ini to match your environment. So it should look something like this:



WizardSelectionProfile=Wizard – HQ

WizardSelectionProfile=Wizard – BO

Create the Application folder

In the Deployment Workbench, create a Application folder, where you can store the applications that should be available at the BO site, something like this.


Create your WizardSelectionProfile’s

In the Deployment Workbench, Advanced Settings, Selection Profiles – Create a Selection Profile called “Wizard – HQ”. It should contain everything that should be selectable at the HQ site. In this case the folder is not available at HQ.


In the Deployment Workbench, Advanced Settings, Selection Profiles – Create a Selection Profile called “Wizard – BO”. It should contain everything that should be selectable at the BO site. In this case all folders are available.


Test and verify.

That should be it, so the net result would be something like this:

Running the Wizard at the BO

Apps at the BO

and running at HQ will give you this.

Apps at the HQ


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Back to Basic: .NET Framework 4.5.2 deployment in MDT using a VB Script wrapper

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on June 27, 2014

I got a tweet, it said “Why doing 4.5.1 when 4.5.2 is out”. So, this is just an update of the 4.5.1 post you can see here.

How to Use it

Step 1: Download it

Download it from here:

Step 2: Import it as an Application

Using the Deployment Workbench, import the application with the following options:

  • Application Type:
    • Application with source files
  • Details:
    • Application Name: Install – Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2
  • Source:
    • Source Directory: The location where you unzipped the files
  • Destination:
    • Directory Name: Install – Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2
  • Command Details:
    • Command Line: cscript.exe Install-NetFramework452.wsf

If you prefer PowerShell to import the application, here is an example POSH Snippet:

Import-Module "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\bin\MicrosoftDeploymentToolkit.psd1"

New-PSDrive -Name "DS001" `
-PSProvider MDTProvider `
-Root "E:\MDTBuildLab"

import-MDTApplication `
-path "DS001:\Applications\Install" `
-enable "True" `
-Name "Install – Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2" `
-ShortName "Install – Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2" -Version "" `
-Publisher "" `
-Language "" `
-CommandLine "cscript.exe Install-NetFramework452.wsf" `
-WorkingDirectory ".\Applications\Install – Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2" `
-ApplicationSourcePath "C:\Users\Administrator\Desktop\Install – Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2" `
-DestinationFolder "Install – Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2" `

Step 3: Download .NET framework 4.5.2 exe file and save it in the Application\Source folder

Download from

Step 4: Modify the Task Sequence

Open your task sequence and add the application like this:


Sample of a Windows 7 task sequence with .NET Framework 4.5.2

Sample of a Windows 8.1 task sequence with .NET Framework 4.5.2

Note: You might need to add a reboot before and one after, since .Net Framework might feel better, my sequence does not need it, but yours might depending on what you add before this.

Note: For Windows 8/8.1 (Server 2012/2012 R2) I always add .NET 2/3 as Roles BEFORE adding 4.5.2, just to make sure nothing is messed up.

Step 5: Create your Ref Image


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