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Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

By : Jeff Stokes, Manuel Singer
Book Image

Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

By: Jeff Stokes, Manuel Singer

Overview of this book

Topic The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) provides a comprehensive collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployments. It considerably reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images. Moreover, MDT offers improved security and ongoing configuration management. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the official supported method of creating and customizing Windows images for deployment. Description: Starting from scratch, this book walks you through the MDT setup, task sequence creation, and image deployment steps in detail. Breaking down the various MDT concepts, this book will give you a thorough understanding of the deployment process. Beginning with imaging concepts and theory, you will go on to build a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit environment. You will understand the intricacies of customizing the default user profile in different versions of Windows. Driver handling can be a challenge for larger organizations; we’ll cover various driver concepts including mandatory driver profiles. ]Other important topics like the User State Migration Tool (USMT), configuration of XML files, and how to troubleshoot the USMT are also discussed in the book. We will cover the verifier and Windows Performance Toolkit for image validation scenarios. Furthermore, you will learn about MDT web frontend implementation as well as how to utilize the database capabilities of MDT for deeper deployment options. We’ll wrap it all up with some links to resources for more information, blogs to watch, and useful Twitter handles.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
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Windows Assessment Toolkit

WAT is essentially a WPT wizard. We can utilize the built-in templates to collect and measure a variety of performance test cases. It can even be used against domain-joined machines. It is unfortunate that the tool set isn't as documented as one might have hoped. Many of the links in the tool set for More Information or Updates simply point back to the same URL that you downloaded the tool set from:

One of the interesting things with this tool set is that one can select individual assessments and create a custom package for troubleshooting purposes, as well as benchmarking:

Many of these tests require ETW providers from a particular version of Windows or higher. Therefore, if you are analyzing Windows 7, for instance, some of the tests won't work and will end in error. After the engineer has selected a set of individual assessments to run, the series of tests can be executed immediately or made into a container for easy portability to another system to be run...