Windows Deployment – Advanced Part 2: Using WSUS to inject updates during OS deployment

In this article, I’m going to demonstrate how to configure WSUS to work with MDT (or rather MDT to work with WSUS).

Now, updating the odd computer with the latest updates isn’t really an issue, even on the slowest of internet connections. But what if your trying to update tens, or hundreds of client computers during your image deployment? Every one of those clients is going to individually attempt to contact Microsoft and download necessary updates. You’ll find this quickly bottlenecks your internet feed, even on the fastest of connections.

What’s a WSUS?

No, cast that image that weedy person to one side!


Because we’re talking about Microsoft WSUS!!


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Using Microsoft WDS & MDT 2013 to deploy Windows 8.1 Part 9

Windows Deployment, Part 9: Deploying a vanilla build of Windows 8.1


We are now going to complete our WDS setup by deploying a vanilla build of Windows 8.1.

I’ll cover capturing and deploying your Gold Master Image in a later post.

First, boot a computer with PXE. In this example, we are using a VM.


Boot the VM.

Press ENTER for network service boot (This would be F12 on a legacy machine).

pxe 1

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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.

task 1

We now need to go over to Task Sequencer.

Right click and create new task sequence.

task 2

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 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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