Script Dumpster: Copy your MDT Task Sequence

Ever have a Task Sequence in MDT which you customized and configured to use a specific driver profile, then having to create a second one just for another model and you have to copy everything over?

Well, I did and didn’t like it.

So according to Johan Arwidmark [if you’re into MDT and don’t already know this guy, get to know him!], this is possible in various ways.

Now while I used his approach, I didn’t like the fact that it wasn’t easily re-usable and I still had to provide various data myself.
And I’m lazy, so I don’t want that!

As mentioned in my previous MDT related post, do note that I have 2 important variables [MdtDrive & MdtRoot] configured within my PowerShell profile on my MDT server, so please make sure to also predefine these to use the script.

Happy Scripting! 🙂

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Automagically update your MDT Boot Image

In case you’re using Microsoft’s awesome Microsoft Deployment Toolkit [MDT] solution, there might be a thing you don’t often do, but can take up  a while of your time and can have quite some impact if you forget a few steps..

What I’m talking about is updating/regenerating your MDT Boot Images and replacing them within Windows Deployment Services [WDS].

Of course such a thing is ideally done through PowerShell as it automates and thus limits the amount of human errors possible.

Profile

An important thing in the script is currently ‘missing’ as it’s currently placed within my $profile on my MDT server, so I’ll also provide you this, as it’s important for actual usage:

It’s rather simple, but required in order to gain access to any of the MDT related PowerShell cmdlets.

Since I’ll use it for more than just this script, I’ve placed it within my profile.

The solution

Now it’s not ideal and I’m sure June Blender will have a word with me on my [currently] lacking help notes, I thought I’d share it anyways 😉

I’ll delve more into techniques used in the script in another post, but there’s a new trick or 2 that I’ve not yet discussed on my blog before which might be interesting to browse through.

 

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You’ve got the Power!! plan….

Today I was playing around on some machines on which I noticed the Power Plans were set incorrect, Balanced on a server :'(

Now of course I can do this manually, or I can use PowerShell instead!

Tools not scripts

Since I want to use this more often and want to create my own “toolbelt” [aka module with common tools], I’ve decided to make the solution as advanced functions, not just scripts.

This means that if you simply copy/paste them, you will need to dot source them first in order to use them.
Dutch PowerShell MVP Jeff Wouters has a good article on this in case you want some more info on this.

Quick info:

to the directory in which you have the .ps1 files in case you have them saved seperately and dot source them using

The following functions are provided:

  • Get-AllPowerPlan
  • Get-ActivePowerPlan
  • Set-ActivePowerPlan

I’m guessing the names sort speak for themselves, but do take into account that the Set-ActivePowerPlan relies on the other functions to… well… function 🙂

The Code

 

Happy Scripting! 🙂

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