MDT acts as a repository for the operating system files deployed to the reference computer (WDG-REF-01) and target computer (WDG-CLI-01). Add the operating system in the Operating Systems node in the Deployment Workbench using the Import Operating System Wizard.

To add the Windows 8 operating system files to the deployment share

1.   Click Start, and then point to All Programs. Point to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and then click Deployment Workbench.

2.   In the Deployment Workbench console tree, go to Deployment Workbench/Deployment Shares/MDT Deployment Share (C:\DeploymentShare$)/Operating Systems.

3.   In the Actions pane, click Import Operating System.

The Import Operating System Wizard starts.

4.   Complete the Import Operating System Wizard using the information in Table 5.

Table 5. Information for Completing the Import Operating System Wizard

On this wizard page

Do this

OS Type

Click Full set of source files, and then click Next.


In Source directory, type source_path (where source_path is the fully qualified path to the Windows 8 distribution files), and then click Next.


Click Next.


Click Next.


The progress for importing the operating system is displayed.


Click Finish.


The Import Operating System Wizard finishes. Windows 8 is added to the list of operating systems in the details pane and copied to the deployment_share\Operating Systems\operating_system folder (where deployment_share is the shared network folder you created earlier in the process and operating_system is the name of the operating system you added to the deployment share).

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