If you are working with MDT, you are most likely creating, or modifying task sequences now and then.
When managing task sequences, you might either create a new task sequence from scratch or maybe you are copying another task sequence.
There are many issues you can run into when copying a task sequence in MDT, and re-using it. Therefore I strongly recommend creating a task sequence template, as mentioned in this blog post.
In this blog post, I cover what a task sequence in MDT is and how to create a task sequence template.
What is a task sequence in MDT?
A task sequence is the main player in any operating system deployment in MDT or SCCM.
The task sequence is a sequence of steps, including, but not limited to:
There is not much difference between SCCM and MDT OS deployment in this sense.
How to create a task sequence template in MDT
Creating a template in MDT is very simple:
1. Create a task sequence that you will use as a template.
2. Browse to your deployment share and locate the Control folder.
3. In the Control folder, there should be a subfolder with the name of the task sequence
4. In The subfolder, there should be a file called ts.xml, which is the task sequence
5. Copy the ts.xml and rename it to ts_template.xml or similar:
6. Go to the installation folder for MDT, typically C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and go to the folder called “Templates”.
7. Paste the ts_template.xml here:
8. Open up the ts_template.xml in notepad and edit the top row, with a proper name and description for your task sequence template:
9. Open Deployment Workbench, and create a new Task Sequence:
10. Give your new Task Sequence a name:
11. Select your newly created Task Sequence template 🙂
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