Using Microsoft WDS & MDT 2013 to deploy Windows 8.1 Part 7

Windows Deployment, Part 7: Creating a Task Sequence


We’ll now create a task sequence,  you’ll see our freshly imported operating system available.

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We now need to go over to Task Sequencer.

Right click and create new task sequence.

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Complete the general settings page.

It is very important you remember the Task Sequence ID.  It doesn’t have to be numeric, and of course in advanced scenarios you may wish to string multiple sequences together.

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Using Microsoft WDS & MDT 2013 to deploy Windows 8.1 Part 6

Windows Deployment, Part 6: Creating a Deployment Image


Now we have successfully created our deployment share, we need to load in an operating system to deploy!

Before you continue, go ahead and mount the ISO, or insert the optical media.

Expand the deployment share you have created (in our example, Windows 8.1 deployment share). Select Operating Systems

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Using Microsoft WDS & MDT 2013 to deploy Windows 8.1 Part 3

Windows Deployment, Part 3: Installing and Configuring WADK

We now need to install WADK (We’re concentrating on Windows 8.1 deployments (if you want to deploy Windows 7, you would need WAIK  – WAIK cannot coexist with WADK!)

Download WADK from: It is several GB in size (16-07-2015 – link updated to Windows 8.1 Update version of the WADK).

Get WADK for Windows 10 here

Run the adksetup installer (you’ll be given the option to download the full package for use on another computer – I recommend this).

Accept the default options.

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Using Microsoft WDS & MDT 2013 to deploy Windows 8.1 Part 1

Windows Deployment, Part 1: Configuring the Deployment Environment



In this 12 part series,  I will give instructions on how to configure WDS and MDT 2013, and show you how to deploy Windows 8.1, and capture your Gold Master Image. The example is for demonstration purposes only, and is not a representation of Microsoft recommendations or best practices. This article also assumes you have a working knowledge of Windows server.   First of all, we are going to configure WDS and MDT 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacentre (fully patched) in an Active Directory environment. Then we are going to deploy Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64 using Lite Touch.

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