Build & Capture a Windows 8.1 reference image using MDT 2013

I was about the write a blog post summarizing the steps the build & capture a Windows 8.1 reference image using MDT 2013.

However, I stumbled upon a great post from Gerry Hampson doing just that (well..with Windows 7):

Create customised reference image with MDT 2013 Lite Touch Build & Capture – 5 easy steps

In this blog, Gerry summarizes the steps for Windows 7, and includes links to a detailed step by step from Mitch Tullock found here and a blog from Johan Arwidmark on the right way to build and capture (link)

So in summary, to paraphrase Gerry Hampson

  1. In the MDT Deployment Workbench, create a deployment share
  2. Populate the deployment share with the Windows 8.1 source media
  3. Create task sequence to deploy Windows 8.1 to the reference computer
    1. Add a task to pause the sequence between build and capture.  This is where you can install applications, make registry changes etc.
  4. Don’t forget to Update the deployment share
  5. Import the Lite Touch Windows PE x64 image from the boot folder in the deployment share into “boot images” in WDS
  6. PXE boot the reference computer
  7. Select the task sequence you just created and follow the instructions to deploy and capture the Windows 8.1 image

The above assumes you have MDT & WDS already installed.

Finally, John Baker has a very good video here demonstrating these steps

Integrating MDT 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2

Integrating MDT with SCCM is highly recommended.  Johan Arwidmark  @jarwidmark expertly explained the reasons why at TechEd 2014

The following steps can be used to integrate MDT 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2 (this guide assumes you have both MDT and SCCM already installed)

Launch “Configure ConfigMgr Integration”

Integrating MDT 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2-1

Choose Next

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Click Finish

Integrating MDT 2013 with SCCM 2012 R2-3

Now when you open the Configuration Manager console, you will see a new option under Task Sequences to “Create MDT Task Sequence”

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