Add Extra Directory to WinPE x86 & x64 in MDT

So, This blog post is a foundation for few of my future blog post.
Create a folder in your deployment share; I have created “DMExtraFiles”. In the folder you just created, “DMExtraFiles” in my case. Create 2 more folders “x86” and “x64” these folders can be used to organize and store folders, files, scripts etc that would be injected into respective versions of WinPE. You would get a better understanding as we move along..
MDTExtraFiles
Launch Deployment Workbench, Open Properties of your Deployment Share and Click on Windows PE tab. Choose Platform x86 from the drop down, In the Lite Touch Boot Image Setting  section give an Image Description and ISO Filename of your choice. In the Windows PE Customization’s section in Extra directory to add browse to the x86 folder we created.
MDT_WPEExtFld_x86Choose Platform x64 from the drop down, In the Lite Touch Boot Image Setting  section give an Image Description and ISO Filename of your choice (Ensure that it is unique). In the Windows PE Customization’s section in Extra directory to add browse to the x64 folder we created and click Apply
MDT_WPEExtFld_x64Switch to the General tab and Ensure that you Enable the check box for both x86 and x64 in the Platform Supported Section and then click OK.
WinPEPlatformNext right click on your deployment share and click on update deployment share and completely regenerate the Boot Images and click Finish when done.
Now lets boot using the WinPE ISO that was just generated, you can find these in  <your deployment share>\Boot folder. Once you have a machine booted off the WinPE (I have booted of the x86 WinPE), Press F8 to launch command prompt and go to the root of the drive and list all files and  folder. But where is the x86 Folder ?
MDT_WPEExtFld1You will not find it cause <your deployment share>\DMExtraFiles\x86 folder is Empty. OK, let me prove that to you.
Create a folder Tools_x86 under <your deployment share>\Tools\x86 and create a text file called “Inside_SubFolder_In_ExtraFolder.txt”
WinPESubFolderx86Next right click on your deployment share and click on update deployment share and completely regenerate the Boot Images and click Finish when done.
Once again boot off the new WinPE (I have booted of the x86 WinPE), Press F8 to launch command prompt and go to the root of the drive and list all files and folders. You can see Tools_x86 folder has appeared like magic, go into the folder and you can also see the text file “Inside_SubFolder_In_ExtraFolder.txt”
MDT_WPEExtFld2
OK go back to <your deployment share>\DMExtraFiles\x86 and create a text file “Root_of_ExtraFolder.txt”
MDTExtraFiles1
Next right click on your deployment share and click on update deployment share and completely regenerate the Boot Images and click Finish when done.
Once again boot off the new WinPE (I have booted of the x86 WinPE), Press F8 to launch command prompt and go to the root of the drive and list all the files and folder. You can see the text file “Root_of_ExtraFolder.txt” in the root of X drive.

MDT_WPEExtFld3

So this should give you a fair idea of how Extra Directory/Folder Works. Go ahead and try adding a few files into WinPE X64 Boot Image.

!! Preenesh

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2 Responses to Add Extra Directory to WinPE x86 & x64 in MDT

  1. Pingback: Provide option to select Deployment Share during MDT Deployment | Deployment Mechanic

  2. NMan666 says:

    Very useful.
    This helps me a lot.

    Like

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