Step by Step Directions for Techs
I have found that when testing MDT deployments, I end up with a lot of USB drives and people asking for them to be updated. Inevitably, someone uses an old one to image and the complaints come rolling in.
This is a simple script that creates a file with a name that is a time stamp. That way, I know when I created the media.
For /F “tokens=2-4 delims=/ ” %%a in (“%DATE%”) DO SET MDY=%%a%%b%%c
FOR /F “tokens=1,2 delims=:” %%d in (“%TIME%”) DO SET ORAS=%%d%%e
REM output to file
echo TimeStampFile > \\servername\sharename\%MDY%_%ORAS%.txt
I save the file to the share that MDT copies the media to. That is done in the last time with \\servername\sharename. It produces a TXT file with the date and time in it. Right now it is Jan 20th, 2014 at 10:23 AM. The file name is 01202014_1023.txt.
Works great. Less filling.
It isn’t hard, but you have to do a few things to prep a USB drive for use in imaging with MDT. You need to mark the partition as active and you need to make sure it is formatted for NTFS.
Here is the output from my window:
You then need to format the drive as NTFS. You can do it here by:
Type “Exit” to leave the DISKPART tool.
Now, you just need to copy the contents of your MDT content folder to the drive and you are set! Don’t forget to boot off of it (by setting the BIOS or choosing an alternative boot device).
If you are using a SANDisk, you may need to do one more thing. You need to get a copy of BOOTSEC (available in WAIK). Open a command prompt and execute “Bootsect.exe /nt60 D:” (where D: is your USB drive) from the directory you put BOOTSEC into.