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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

Adding applications to our reference image

Now that we've added patches and drivers, let's add a few applications to our reference image, taking us from a thin image to a hybrid image.

First, we will make a directory structure, as seen in the following image:

Automating image updates

Now, we can just put setup.exe for each of these into the folders and say that we're done. However, you don't want to walk through the installer for each application manually every time we capture a reference image. You want this process to be automated so that when new patches are released, we can just fire off a task sequence and let it update the image automatically.

Finding .msi files with the ITNinja repository

To tweak the setup to be automatic for all your different applications, I would recommend checking ITNinja is a repository of automatic installation experiences from your peers, which are documented for all time.

So, for Foxit Reader, I went through some gyrations and form filling...