MDT: Force users to supply an OSD computer name (MININT)

Machine that are deployed via Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) are provided with  a computer name that’s provided during installation. By default this is a generated computer name similar to “MININT-79S84T2”.

Since the GUI of MDT is quite slow – and won’t show an hourglass –  I noticed people tend to click [Next] twice on the previous screen. As a result they automatically accept the generated computer name instead of providing their own. It’s more friendly to block the [Next] button on the Computer Details screen so users are force to provide a proper computer name.

Windows Deployment Wizard - Computer Details - MININT-79S84T2Windows Deployment Wizard - Computer Details - !Invullen


Forcing users to provide a computername is easy. By changing the default computer name to a name that contains invalid characters the [Next] button is disabled (when an empty compute name is provided MDT will generate a MINIT-xxxxxxxx computer name). One way of providing a default computer name is in the Rules of the Deployment Shares.

  • Open Deployment Workbench
  • Open the Properties of the Deployment Share
  • Select tab Rules
  • Add the following parameter

I’ve specificied the Dutch word “Invullen” which means “fill” (Google Translate)

  • Click on [Apply]

MDT Deployment Share Properties - Rules

There’s no need to update the deployment share, the rules file is read after the client connects to the deployment share.





Ingmar Verheij

Ingmar Verheij worked for PepperByte as a Senior Consultant (up to May 2014). His work consisted of designing, migrating and troubleshooting Microsoft and Citrix infrastructures. He worked with technologies like Microsoft RDS, user environment management and (performance) monitoring. RES Software named Ingmar RES Software Valued Professional in 2014.

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