Local Setup

OSD Updated May 21, 2023


Admin Rights

You are going to be mounting wim files, so yes, this is an absolute with no way around it

Open Internet

You are going to be downloading lots of stuff, so you need Internet access. There is no Proxy or Firewall configuration in OSDCloud yet, but it is planned

OSD PowerShell Module

This changes frequently until OSDCloud is working fully, so I recommend that you wash, rinse, and repeat this command frequently

Install-Module OSD -Force

PowerShell Capable

Finally, you need to be PowerShell capable, or at least be willing to learn how to use PowerShell. I do not offer individual training sessions

Machine Configuration

The first decision you need to make is whether or not you want Wireless to work in WinPE. If you do, then you must create your OSDCloud Template on Windows 10 as you will be using Windows 10's WinRE. Windows 11 WinRE isn't compatible with older systems, and virtual machines.

If your HOST Operating System is running Windows 11, you can use the Windows 11 ADK's winpe.wim, or you can create a Hyper-V Virtual Machine and install Windows 10 21H2 and use that

Install the Windows ADK

Once you have your OS sorted out, you will need to install the Microsoft Windows ADK. Download the proper ADK and make sure you install the Deployment Tools

After the ADK Deployment Tools install is complete, download and install the Windows PE add-on for the ADK

Microsoft DaRT Integration

If you have Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2015, you can install Microsoft DaRT 10. This will allow you to have DaRT Tools in your OSDCloud WinPE Media

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

If you don't have DaRT installed, skip this step

For DaRT 10 to work in WinPE you will also need a Dart Config file. The easiest way to get this is to install Microsoft Deployment Toolkit


The final steps are to make sure that your Execution Policy is set properly, and to install the OSD PowerShell Module if you haven't already

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Force
Install-Module OSD -Force

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