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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
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Importing Hyper-V drivers

Our next step is to include the new Hyper-V additions in WinPE and the OS.

We would use this, for example, if we are capturing and deploying Windows 7, but are using Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 to run the capture from. The same process applies for physical drivers, but remember that we are only capturing a reference image into a VM, not physical. The drivers for actual model numbers will come later, in our deployment share. So in the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection, I selected Action and then Insert Integration Components. This causes the Hyper-V host to mount the ISO for the current Hyper-V additions for the system on to the CD-ROM, D:, so now I can import these into the Out-of-Box Drivers area and update my WinPE media.

Importing drivers is as simple as putting the drivers into a directory and right-clicking on Out-of-Box Drivers and selecting Import Drivers. Point the wizard at the root folder where the driver is located and it'll crawl the directory's tree...