Windows 8 Deployment Tuning and Configuring                       

Tools to take a look at are part of the Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance 2013

The first phase to take into consideration is the Deployment Phase.

Master Image

  • Update the Image
  • Automate
  • Copy Profile to Customize Start Menu

In Windows 8.1 we will be able to create .xml files in order to configure and create the standard look and feel of you user experience.

Create and Update Refresh Image

Check out reagentc commands.

Using Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit “DART”

  1. Create a DART Boot Environment
  2. rename the .wim file.
  3. Reahentc /info
  4. Reagentc /disable
  5. Reagentc /setreimage /?
  6. Reagentc /setreimage /path c:\locations
  7. Reagentc /enable

Reagent /boottore (Will have the machine boot next time to Recovery Environment)

Check out the recimg commands.

Create a refresh image:

  1. recimg /showcurrent
  2. recimg /setcurrent c:\location
  3. recimg /createimage c:\refresh

Patching Offline vs Online

Offline Mode

  • Easy
  • DISM
  • SCCM Integration
  • No Service Packs

Dism /mount

Dism /unmount

Now to the Management Phase:

Controlling the Group Policy

  • OU Structure
  • Group Membership
  • Disable/Enabling
  • Loopback Processing
  • WMI Filtering
  • AGPM

Check out advance group policy management.

Windows 8 Performance Tweaks and Tuning

Visual Effects need to be tweaked Advance System Properties

Controlling Preference with Group Policy is a commonly overlooked feature.

Setting Up God Mode:

  • Create a new folder anywhere
  • Rename the folder by pasting this name exactly as it appears (copy it first):
  • GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Microsoft User Experience Virtualizations