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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
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Importing an OS

Next we will be importing our OS. Create a folder structure in the Operating Systems area. This helps with the organization of selection profiles, which are a tool for driver organization we will get into later. It also looks better and is easier to logically manage, as shown in the following image:

Right-click on the appropriate folder for the OS that you wish to import and click on Import Operating System. We need the ISO for media for this. I downloaded mine from MSDN and then mounted the ISO in Hyper-V so that it is presented to the MDT Server as a DVD:

Choosing the type of OS to add

After selecting Import Operating System, you'll be asked something that probably doesn't make a lot of sense, Choose the type of operating system to add, as shown in the following screenshot:

For a reference image, we'd pretty much always start with a base OS DVD and use the top radio button for Full set of source files. However, the options are there to import a custom WIM that is already...