Things to do before a Capture
Doing a Capture and creating a new image to deploy to your clients is quite straight forward with Specops Deploy (and also a clean MDT, this is not Specops Deploy specific).
Just install a client, patch it and then do a capture. Though, there is a few extra things I always do before a capture.
Delete these folders if they exist;
That’s to clean up up from the installation, and we don’t need or want those folders to be distributed to all our clients when we apply the image. And the DeploymentLogs folder should really not be there, if you want to use that in a WMI GPO Filtering as described here Post OS installation tasks.
And we have had some random reports where captures were failing which turned out was because of Windows Defender (Windows 7) so now I’m always stopping the Windows Defender (WinDefend) service before doing a capture.
@Echo off if exist c:MININT rmdir /S /Q c:MININT if exist c:SYSPREP rmdir /S /Q c:SYSPREP if exist c:_SMSTaskSequence rmdir /s /q C:_SMSTaskSequence if exist c:WindowsTempDeploymentLogs rmdir /s /q c:WindowsTempDeploymentLogs net stop WinDefend #End of script
Save it as \serversharePre-Capture.bat and run before starting the capture process.
Updated 2012-01-12: Added SYSPREP Folder to cleanup.
(Last updated on September 12, 2018)