Windows ADK For Windows 10 – NEW Windows Imaging Configuration and Designer

In a previous post, we walked through the prerequisites and installation of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 1 Preview.

Now that we have it installed, we’re going to explore some of the new features available.

As a part of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 10, there is a new feature called “Windows Imaging Configuration and Designer”.

 

Windows Imaging Configuration and Designer

Start by launching the Windows Imaging Configuration and Designer.

NOTE: I am using the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 operating system.

WICD - Start Menue

Once we launch the application, we see in the description on the start screen that it is used to “Build Provisioning packages, customize and build Windows Client and Windows Mobile images.”

WICD - Start Screen

WICD – Start Screen

Let’s create a New Project. Under the Start heading, click the New Project link. We are presented with the New Project dialog, where we need to provide a Project Name, Location, and an optional Description.

WICD - New Project Dialog

WICD – New Project Dialog

Next, we need to choose a Workflow.

Per the dialog, a Provisioning Package is used to “build a customization package that targets a windows edition. You may then use this package to build a Windows image, or customize an existing one.”

An Imaging workflow is used to “create and build a new image. You can customize it by adding drivers, packages, apps, languages, settings, and more.”

WICD - New Project - Workflow

WICD – New Project – Workflow

Let’s start with a Provisioning Package.

 

Provisioning Package Workflow

We next need to select the Windows Edition that we are targeting.

NOTE: If you de-select the ‘All Windows Editions’ option, then the ‘Windows Professional’ option is selected by default.

WICD - New Project - Provisioning Workflow - Windows Edition

WICD – New Project – Provisioning Workflow – Windows Edition

After you click Finish, the project is loaded, ready for customization.

WICD - New Project - Provisioning Workflow - Project

WICD – New Project – Provisioning Workflow – Project

 

Imaging Workflow

On the Choose Workflow screen, if you chose Imaging and clicked Next, you now have to choose the Imaging Methodology to use.

Since I don’t have any OS kits installed, the only option I currently have is “Windows Desktop WIM-based image

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Methodology

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Imaging Methodology

If you select the “Windows Desktop WIM-based image” option, on the next screen you need to specify where that .WIM file is located.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Image

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Select Image

Once you have pointed to the location of the Install.WIM file, the dialog will display the WIM and Image information.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Image (Info)

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Image (Selected)

In my case, I encountered an error because I didn’t reference a “Windows Technical Preciew” image.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Error

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Error

So I tried it with the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview WIM,

After you click Finish, the project is loaded, ready for customization.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Project

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Project

 

Imaging Workflow – Create Production/Clean Install/Upgrade Media

This is the same process for each of the option in the ‘Create‘ menu, whether you are creating Production Media, Clean Install Media, or Upgrade Media.

WICD - Create Menu

WICD – Create Media Menu

Once you have finished your customizations to the Image based project, you can now select the Create menu and choose ‘Create Production Media‘. From the Build – Select Image Format screen, you can choose between WIM and FFU formats, then click Next.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Create Production Media - Select Image Format

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Create Production Media – Select Image Format

On the Select Imaging Options screen, you have the option to compress the OS file.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Create Production Media - Imaging Options

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Create Production Media – Imaging Options

Next, on the Deployment Media screen, you can choose the type of media (i.e. USB).

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Create Production Media - Deployment Media

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Create Production Media – Deployment Media

Then we can choose where we want the output to go.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Create Production Media - Local Output

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Create Production Media – Local Output

Finally we have the Summary screen before we initiate the build operation.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Create Production Media - Build

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Create Production Media – Build

And now the build is complete.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Create Production Media - Media Creation Successful

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Create Production Media – Media Creation Successful

 

Imaging Workflow – Deploy

The Deploy menu only has 1 option, ‘To USB Device‘.

WICD - Deploy Menu

WICD – Deploy Menu

As you can see, this option is for deploying an FFU image. Since I don’t have an FFU image, this is as far as I can take this walk-through.

WICD - New Project - Imaging Workflow - Deploy - Select FFU Image

WICD – New Project – Imaging Workflow – Deploy – Select FFU Image

 

Imaging Workflow – Export

The Export menu only has 1 option, ‘Provisioning Package‘.

WICD - Export Menu

WICD – Export Menu

On the Provisioning Package Configuration screen, you can change the Package Name, Version, Rank and Owner.

WICD - Export - Provisiong Package Configuration

WICD – Export – Provisiong Package Configuration

You can then specify where the export will be located.

WICD - Export - Provisiong Package Output

WICD – Export – Provisiong Package Output

Finally, you need to Build the package.

WICD - Export - Provisiong Package - Build

WICD – Export – Provisiong Package – Build

Once the package is exported, click Finish.

WICD - Export - Provisiong Package Creation Successful

WICD – Export – Provisiong Package Creation Successful

 

And that covers our look at the new Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10.

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