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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 patches

Now that we have imported Hyper-V drivers, let's move on to importing patches. In the following example, I am going to include the 2775511 hotfix in my base Windows 7 image (and 2008 R2 when I get around to importing the Server SKUs as well). The 2775511 hotfix is an enterprise hotfix rollup, which is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Downloading a hotfix

First we must acquire the file. This is done by downloading it from Windows Catalog rather than registering and pulling down a hotfix link over e-mail:

In the catalog engine, put the hotfix ID (2775511) into the search bar and click on Search.

Then, you will get the results that hopefully look like the following image:

Add (in this example) all but the Itanium option, click on view basket, and then select Download. Choose a location to download them in a folder on your local system.

Then they will download it in a folder per hotfix in the specified directory:

Setting up a packaged import

Point the...