If you are working with MDT, you are most likely creating new task sequences every now and then. When doing this, you might either create a new task sequence from scratch or maybe you are copying another task sequence.
I have run in to numerous issues with copying task sequences in MDT, so what I do is that I create a template instead, that has all the basic steps that I want there.


Creating a template in MDT is very simple:

1. Create a task sequence that you will use as a template.

2. Browse to your deployment share and locate the Control folder.

3. In the Control folder there should be a subfolder with the name of the task sequence

4. In The subfolder, there should be a file called ts.xml, which is the task sequence

How to create an MDT 2013 Task Sequence template

5. Copy the ts.xml and rename it to ts_template.xml or similar:

Copy Task Sequence template MDT 2013

6. Go to the installation folder for MDT, typically C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and go to the folder called “Templates”.

7. Paste the ts_template.xml here:

Copy task sequence template MDT 2013

8. Open up the ts_template.xml in notepad and edit the top row, with a suitable name and description for your task sequence template:

Edit Task Sequence template MDT 2013

9. Open Deployment Workbench, and create a new Task Sequence:

New Task Sequence MDT 2013

10. Give your new Task Sequence a name:

Task Sequence name MDT 2013

11. Select your newly created Task Sequence template 🙂

Select Task Sequence template MDT 2013