Category: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Configure SQL Server Express

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) may be connected to a Microsoft SQL Server Express database. Below you will find a step-by-step guide for configuring the database.

  1. In the Deployment Workbench navigate to the Advanced Configuration section, right click Database, and select New Database.
  2. In the SQL Server Details dialog box provide the SQL Server name:, Instance:, Port:, and Network Library:. Then, click Next.
  3. In the Database dialog box select Create a new database and provide a database name in the Database: section. Then, click Next.
  4. In the SQL Share dialog box enter a share name in the SQL Share: section. Then, click Next.
  5. In the Summary dialog box review the configuration. Then, click Next.
  6. In the Configuration dialog box verify the process completed successfully. Then, click Finish.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Unable to Open the Specified WIM File

When updating the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) you may receive the following error:

=== Making sure the deployment share has the latest x86 tools ===

=== Processing LiteTouchPE (x86) boot image ===

Building requested boot image profile.

System.Management.Automation.CmdletInvocationException: Unable to open the specified WIM file. —> System.Exception: Unable to open the specified WIM file. —> System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: The system cannot find the path specified
— End of inner exception stack trace —
at Microsoft.BDD.Core.BDDWimFile..ctor(String wimPath, Boolean forUpdate)
at Microsoft.BDD.PSSnapIn.UpdateDeploymentPoint.UpdateBootImage(String template, String platform, String dpPath, Boolean createISO, String isoName)
at Microsoft.BDD.PSSnapIn.UpdateDeploymentPoint.ProcessRecord()
at System.Management.Automation.CommandProcessor.ProcessRecord()
— End of inner exception stack trace —
at System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.PipelineBase.Invoke(IEnumerable input)
at Microsoft.BDD.Wizards.UpdateProgress.WizardProcessing()
at Microsoft.BDD.Wizards.WizardProgress.InitiateWizardProcessing()

Since you already have the Windows ADK installed you will need to download and install the Windows PE add-on for the ADK (link here). Once the Windows PE add-on for the ADK has been installed you will be able to successfully update the MDT deployment share.