Prepare Windows for Capture
This step will sysprep the machine so it’s ready for you to capture. Make sure you trigger this step while in the full os and make sure you didn’t join your reference machine to the domain.
Related: SysPrep Docs
Options are pretty limited for this step, I’ve never actually found a reason to use any of the options.
- Automatically build mass storage driver list. This is based on the reference machine, and since I’d never user a physical machine for a reference machine there would not be any point in using this option.
- Do not reset activation flag. I’ve always used KMS services. I never bothered to activate the reference computer in the first place so this would be useless to me
- Shutdown the computer after running this action. I could see this potentially being useful if you were going to use another process to capture the image than the CM Task Sequence itself.
This Step doesn’t take too long and the guts of it is running sysprep. The step also triggers the machine to restart into WinPE so that it can then run the capture process.
If you ever find you’d like more info, or run into issues with this step, let me know.
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