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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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Creating a reference image in the management console

In this chapter, we'll spend most of our time modifying the task sequence for reference image creation. To create one in the management console, select Task Sequences, as shown in the following image, and then select New Task Sequence:

Specifying the general settings

Generally speaking, I recommend Task sequence ID to be specified as numerical values. This suites well when we force task sequences based on things such as model number, for instance. Task sequence name is better suited for a longer description of what the task sequences' purpose is. Comments, of course, can contain entries such as version control, author, and other operational details, as shown in the following screenshot:

Selecting the template and the OS

On the following screen, Standard Client Task Sequence works very well for our intentions here. In fact, the built-in task sequences have a lot of logic built into them, which is hard to reproduce. I recommend always using...