TROUBLESHOOTING: MDT password issues

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 6 Feb. 2013 / Last Updated on 6 Feb. 2013]

A tip on how to troubleshoot issues concerning the local administrator password when using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to deploy Windows.

PROBLEM: You're using MDT to perform a fully automated Lite Touch installation of Windows 7 using settings you've configured in Boot.ini, CustomSettings.ini, and in the MDT database. You're trying to specify a password for the local administrator account but you're getting an error saying that the password is missing. You've examined the MDT logs but can't find any entries relating to "password" in them. What can you do?

RESOLUTION: By default MDT logging does not log any entries containing "password" in them. If you want MDT logging to log password-related events during deployment, you must enable debug logging. To enable debug logging for Lite Touch deployment, drop into a command prompt at the beginning of deployment and run the following command:

cscript.exe x:\deploy\scripts\litetouch.wsf /debug:true

Mitch Tulloch is a eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  This tip was excerpted from his new book Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Training Guide published by Microsoft Press which is available from Amazon.  For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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