MDT 2010 and deployment from a USB key

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8 Responses

  1. Joel says:

    Great tutorial.
    Unfortunately I tried your process but it did not work. Does the USB Key need to be FAT32? MDT has created the bootable ISO for me, and I’m trying to find a way to “burn” the ISO to the USB key.
    After copying the “Content” folder, which does have the bootmgr file in it, to the USB key the the machine states invalid disk which usually means it’s not in the correct format or have any “bootable information” on it.

    Ultimately I’m trying to do an offline image deployment using only the USB key and if possible have it run through the task sequence as well.

  2. Nik says:

    I always do NTFS.
    I’ve found some USB keys are not as amenable to booting with an nt bootsector than others
    I use the HP USB format tool to format/clean it *after* I do the diskpart commands
    just to be safe.
    after that, bootsect /nt60 against it, then copy the content folder’s contents over

  3. Joel says:

    Hey Nik,
    Thanks for getting back to me. I forgot to run the diskPart commands! In case anyone else reading this has the same issue these are the commands I ran:
    …….
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    clean
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    active
    format fs=fat32
    assign
    …….

    It might be handy for some to run the “List” command first to make sure you’re formatting the correct disk.

    At any rate, after running DiskPart and copying the “Content” folder to my USB stick (which took twice as long for some reason) I am not able to boot from it to get to an offline version of my deployment point.

    If only my USB stick was big enough to hold the actual custom WIM image…:P

    Thanks again Nik!

  4. Joel says:

    An update to my last post,

    Instead of formatting it to “FAT32” is I stated above, I used NTFS instead!

  5. Joel says:

    Sorry, I don’t mean to SPAM this thread, but in in my previous post I wrote:
    “… I am not able to boot from it to get to an offline version of my deployment point…”
    It should read
    “… I am NOW able to boot from it to get to an offline version of my deployment point…”

    wow big difference when actually edit what I write 🙂

  6. khalid says:

    configurer a bootable usb key sur win7 allez vers excuter
    cmd
    cd
    dispak–list disk —–select disk (amovible disque)
    create partition—– active——— format fs=ntfs——– assign
    exit
    apres extraire l’image iso précédement faite par mdt
    copiez l’extait de contenanu du répertoire dans disk amovible et voila terminé

  7. Nef says:

    [quote name=”Joel”]Great tutorial.
    Unfortunately I tried your process but it did not work. Does the USB Key need to be FAT32? MDT has created the bootable ISO for me, and I’m trying to find a way to “burn” the ISO to the USB key.
    After copying the “Content” folder, which does have the bootmgr file in it, to the USB key the the machine states invalid disk which usually means it’s not in the correct format or have any “bootable information” on it.

  8. Farhan says:

    I have not tried yet but if you do following steps it should work.

    1. Download and install Windows 7 USB download tools.
    2. Burn any windows XP/7 image on it through USB download tool.
    3. This will automatically make your USB bootable.
    4. Just delete all content on USB and copy all content from MDT image folder as described in above tutorial.
    5. Try to boot with it. It should work I will also try.

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