|The information in this topic applies only to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.|
|This topic appears in the Deploying Software and Operating Systems in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager guide and in the Scenarios and Solutions Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager guide.|
This topic provides the steps to provision Windows To Go in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. Windows To Go is an enterprise feature of Windows 8 that enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on computers that meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 certification requirements, regardless of the operating system running on the computer. Windows To Go workspaces can use the same image enterprises use for their desktops and laptops and can be managed the same way.
Provision Windows To Go
Windows To Go is an operating system stored on a USB-connected external drive. You can provision the Windows To Go drive much like you provision other operating system deployments. However, because Windows To Go is designed to be a user-centric and highly mobile solution, you must take a slightly different approach to provisioning these drives.
At a high level, Windows To Go is a two-phased deployment that allows you to configure the Windows To Go device and prestage content for the operating system deployment. You can achieve this with minimal impact to the user and limit downtime for the user’s computer. After you prestage the computer, you must complete the provisioning process to ensure the computer is ready for the user. The provisioning process is similar to the current operating system deployment process. The following lists the general workflow to prestage content and provision Windows To Go:
- Create a Task Sequence to Deploy Windows 8
- Create Prestaged
- Create a Windows To Go Creator
- Update the Task Sequence to
Enable BitLocker for Windows To Go
- Deploy the Windows To Go Creator
Package and Task Sequence
- User Runs the Windows To Go
- Configuration Manager
Configures and Stages the Windows To Go Drive
- User Logs In to
Prerequisites to Provision Windows To Go
Before you provision Windows To Go, you must complete the following in Configuration Manager:
- Distribute a boot image to a distribution
point: Before you create prestaged media, you must distribute
the boot image to a distribution point.
Note Boot images are used to install the operating system on the destination computers in your Configuration Manager environment. They contain a version of Windows PE that installs the operating system, as well as any additional device drivers that are required. Configuration Manager provides two boot images: One to support x86 platforms and one to support x64 platforms. You can also create your own boot images. For more information about boot images, see Planning for Boot Image Deployments in Configuration Manager
- Distribute the Windows 8 operating
system image to a distribution point: Before you create
prestaged media, you must distribute the Windows 8 operating
system image to a distribution point.
Note Operating system images are .WIM format files and represent a compressed collection of reference files and folders that are required to successfully install and configure an operating system on a computer. For more information about operating system images, see Planning for Deploying Operating System Images in Configuration Manager.
- Create a Task Sequence to Deploy
Windows 8: You must create a task sequence for a
Windows 8 deployment that you will reference when you create
prestaged media. For more information about how to create a task
sequence, see How to Manage Task
Sequences in Configuration Manager.
Create Prestaged Media
Prestaged media contains the boot image used to start the destination computer and the operating system image that is applied to the destination computer. The computer that you provision with prestaged media can be started by using the boot image. The computer can then run an existing operating system deployment task sequence to install a complete operating system deployment. The task sequence that deploys the operating system is not included in the media.
Starting with Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, you can add content, such as applications and device drivers, in addition to the operating system image and boot image during the prestage phase. This reduces the time it takes to deploy an operating system and reduces network traffic because the content is already on the drive.
Use the following procedure to create the prestaged media.
To create prestaged media
Create a Windows To Go Creator package
As part of the Windows To Go deployment, you must create a package to deploy the prestage media file. The package must include the tool that configures the Windows To Go drive and extracts the prestaged media to the drive. Use the following procedure to create the Windows To Go Creator package.
To create the Windows To Go Creator package
Update the Task Sequence to Enable BitLocker for Windows To Go
Windows To Go enables BitLocker on an external bootable drive without the use of TPM. Therefore, you must use a separate tool to configure BitLocker on the Windows To Go drive. To enable BitLocker, you must add an action to the task sequence after the Setup Windows and ConfigMgr step.
|BitLocker for Windows To Go requires a passphrase. In the Create Prestaged Media step, you set the passphrase as part of a prestart command by using the OSDBitLockerPIN variable.|
Use the following procedure to update the Windows 8 task sequence to enable BitLocker for Windows To Go.
To update the Windows 8 task sequence to enable BitLocker
Deploy the Windows To Go Creator Package and Task Sequence
Windows To Go is a hybrid deployment process. Therefore, you must deploy the Windows To Go Creator package and the Windows 8 task sequence. Use the following procedures to complete the deployment process.
To deploy the Windows To Go Creator package
To deploy the Windows 8 task sequence
User Runs the Windows To Go Creator
After you deploy the Windows To Go package and Windows 8 task sequence, the Windows To Go Creator is available to the user. The user can go to the software catalog, or Software Center if the Windows To Go Creator was deployed to devices, and run the Windows To Go Creator program. Once the creator package is downloaded, a flashing icon is displayed on the task bar. When the user clicks the icon, a dialog box is displayed for the user to select the Windows To Go drive to provision (unless the /drive command-line option is used). If the drive does not meet the requirements for Windows To Go or if the drive does not have enough free disk space to install the image, the creator program displays an error message. The user can verify the drive and image that will be applied from the confirmation page. As the creator configures and prestages content to the Windows To Go drive, it displays a progress dialog box. After the prestaging is complete, the creator displays a prompt to restart the computer to boot to the Windows To Go drive.
|If you did not enable boot redirection as part of the command line for the creator program in the Create a Windows To Go Creator package section, the user might be required to manually boot to the Windows To Go drive on every system restart.|
Configuration Manager Configures and Stages the Windows To Go Drive
After the computer restarts to the Windows To Go drive, the drive will boot into Windows PE and connect to the management point to get the policy to complete the operating system deployment. Configuration Manager configures and stages the drive. After Configuration Manager stages the drive, the user can restart the computer to finalize the provisioning process (such as to join a domain or install apps). This process is the same for any prestaged media.
User Logs In to Windows 8
After Configuration Manager completes the provisioning process and the Windows 8 lock screen is displayed, the user can login to the operating system.