Step 2.  Import OS into the reference share

So mount an ISO of the OS you want to capture and deploy into Hyper-V as the DVD drive of the MDT-Console VM.

Then in the MDT workbench, right click the folder “Operating Systems” and create a folder for that OS.  Then right click that folder and select import.

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Make sure you keep it on the “Full set of source files” and hit Next.

Then select the root of your mounted ISO as your source.

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The destination directory name is NOT the name you set for the folder in MDT workbench, but is the flat file system directory.

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Then we are at the Summary, which should be fairly logical and look something like this:

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Then it will import:

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When its done, it gives a summary and a finish button.  Click it and witness the power of this fully operational MDT Reference Share!  Muwauahahahah

Er, sorry, yeah, so note that I imported Ultimate, but look what I get:

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Multiple OS’s.  Anyone know why?  That’s right, the Ultimate WIM has the previous editions in it.  Do they take up extra space?  No, not really.

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So now we have an OS.  Rinse and repeat for all your OS’s you want to service in the reference area.

Then, lets Right Click the MDT Reference Share in the tree and select “Update Deployment Share” so we can create the initial WinPE isos.

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Select the defaults, next next and let it run.

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Once this is done, we’ll be able to craft a task sequence and do some customizations.