How to add drivers in Windows ISO with MDT 2013

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 is a very useful tool for IT, System Administrators with lot of abilities. With Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT 2013) you can reduce deployment time , standarizing desktop and servers images and improve security and ongoing configuration management.

In the past i wrote multiple articles for different features that you can use with MDT.

The result is to create the Category MDT that you can find also in Menu  and you can read lot of articles related to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013


Today i write the article because previous week i receive the following email

<<I have found your guides very helpful but I am still have difficulties.  I have inherited an MDT 2013 setup in my office for image deployment. I have very little experience with this product. It has worked well since it was introduced into or environment a year ago. We recently received a new model desktop HP EliteDesk 800 G2 and the image will not deploy to the new system. I have downloaded the drivers and created a folder in MDT deployment workbench deployment share for this specific model following the folder structure already in place. I am not sure how to apply/inject the drivers and update the image? I do not want to make changes to the production environment for fear of breaking it. I have copied the contents of the deployment server to an external drive and have been making my changes there. My hopes are to successfully apply the drivers on to the usb drive copy and create a USB bootable deployment. Can you provide some guidance? >>


I have already answer in the user but i thought that and other users maybe has this question. So let's start to explain step by step how can do it.


Import Setup Files of Windows

MDT 2013 support adding full source of Windows DVD ISO or custom images that you have created. For the article will be use a Windows 8.1 Pro x64 ISO file to Import in MDT 2013. If you have an iso file of Windows open the folder which include the iso files, right click and select Mount. Then you will see a new DVD Drive in My Comuter with the files of Windows iso to import in MDT 2013. If you don't have an iso file but you have Windows files in a folder you don't need to do this.

  • Expand the Deployment Shares and the MDT Deployment Share.
  • Right Click in Operating Systems and select Import Operaring System.
  • Select Full set of source files.

  • Browse and find the DVD Drive which mount with Windows ISO file in previous step and click Next.

  • Change the name of destination directory or use the default and click Next.

  • Verify in the Summary that all the options are ok and click Next.

  • Wait to finish the import and then click Finish
    Base on your hardware and status of your Windows it will take some time. For your reference a normal time is 15-25 minutes.

  • In the right side you can see the Operating System which import.


Import Drivers in MDT

Now it's time to import the drivers for specific version of Laptop/PC that need to Deploy.

  • Expand Deployment Share - - -> MDT Build Lab - - -> Out of Box Drivers
  • Right Click in Out of Box Drivers and select New Folder.
  • Type the folder name and click Next. I recommend to keep a clear structure in the folders of your MDT because you must identify and understand quicly what you have in MDT.

  • Just click Next 

  • Wait to finish and click Finish.

  • In my enviroment for every PC Model i create and subfolders for x64 or x32. So in this article i create a subfolder for the specific model as x64.
  • Now right click in the folder which create and select Import Drivers.

  • Select the source directory which include the drivers and click Next.

  • This is onlya Summary. Click Next.

  • Wait to finish and click Finish.

  • Now if you go in your folder which Import the drivers you will see all the driver in the right side.

Create the Task Sequence

  • Expand the Deployment Shares and the MDT Deployment Share.
  • Right Click in Task Sequence, select New Task Sequence.
  • Fill the Task SequenceID and TaskSequenceName (names that you can identify in the future) , clck Next.

  • Select Standard Client Task Sequence.

  • Select the OS which created before

  • You can specify a product key now or leave it as it to activate the Windows after the installation

  • Fill the Organization with a name.

  • Specify the local Admin Password if you want or select Don't specify an Administrator password at this Time

  • Here is a Summary only , click Next

  • Clik Finish

Create the Selection Profile

Now it's time to create the Profile that will be use for the Media in the next step.

  • Expand the Deployment Shares , MDT Deployment Share and Adnamced Configuration
  • Right Click in Selection Profiles, select New Selection Profile
  • Type the name of Selection Profile and click Next.

  • Expand and tick the the folder of Operating System, Out of Box Drivers and Task Sequence  which Import in previous steps. Click Next.

  • Just a Summary of your Configuration. Click Next

  • Wait to finish and click Finish

Create and Update the Media for Offline Use

Here we will create the Media which include the ISO file that will use for the Boot.

  • Expand the Deployment Shares , MDT Deployment Share and Adnamced Configuration.
  • Right Click in Media, select New Media
  • Click Browse and select the folder which be create the Media
  • When finish with the structure and have select the Media Path go in Selection Profile and select the Profile which create in previous step (Windows 8.1 x64(Full Update) for the article). Click Next

If you will use Offline Media for the Deployment it's better to create a folder like Offline Media and for every Media that will be create to create a new subfolder with the name of Windows OS.
For example my struture forOffline Media is

  • This is only a Summary. Click Next

  • Wait to finish and click Finish.

  • Now you can see the new Media in the right Pane.
  • Right click in Media and select Update Media Content. It will take some timme until finish.

  • When finish go in the path that select for the Media in the first step and you will se a LiteTouchMedia.iso.

  • Use a software like Rufus or Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to create your bootable USB.
  • Plugin the USB in the Laptop/PC and boot to start the installation


This procedure you can use it for every Windows OS combine it with your PC/Laptop modesl in your enviroment and take advantage.

It will be my pleasure if you have your own recommendations or questions to be share in our commented system. You can help others or help yourself if share it. 

Have a nice weekend !!


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