Deploy Windows 11 with the SDA

Here again your favorite Random Dude,

Hope everything have been going good for everyone. As it is well known Windows 11 is out there and everyone wants it, but there are some bigger changes that we need to keep in mind.

System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM:           Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. <-- pretty important

Storage          64 GB 

Windows 11 requirements

Secure boot is still not supported for PXE but you can use this workaround in the mean time. Now that we have cover our basis lets get on going.

1. KBE, KACE still haven't released documentation that Windows 11 is Officially supported, I tried to create a KBE with the newer Windows 11 ADK but it didn't work, so I went ahead and tested with my latest 8.2 2004 KBE and it worked like a charm. Here we have the KB on how to create the KBE.

2. Upload your Windows 11 media with the 8.2 Media Manager (KB how to upload the ISO )

3. You may need a new/modified Partitioning task, see this post. Is awesome!

3a. Additionally, on that post you can find a way to bypass the compatibility checks for TPM and Secure boot 

4. As Windows 11 is not really supported by the SDA, in the Answer file wizard you need to define the version that you are going to install. See example


5. Add the new task(s) created on step 3 and just deploy just Scripted install as expected

6. I confirmed that the Windows 10 Debloater works for Windows 11, so you can give it a try 

6a. You may still need to remove the following packages manually to get it working, they were giving me a hard time




7. The KACE Sysprep tool does work! Just be sure to run the updated one (as of today, download here the and then just do the upgrade when prompted. Protip, ignore that it refers to it as "Windows 10". 


8. Disable the "Real-Time protection"


9. Execute the sysprep as administrator

10. Boot to your SDA and capture C: only as usual

11. After the image is captured, you can use the [DISK] Create/Apply BIOS/UEFI Partitions task and you are ready to go

I hope this helps someone. If you have any questions or comments put them down there.

See you in my next post!


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