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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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Chapter 4. Default User Profile Customization

In the previous chapter, we discussed the technique of collecting a reference build for Windows in a virtual machine on Hyper-V or physical box with boot media on a USB stick. In this chapter, we'll cover how to customize this base image as part of our process. Not from an application build perspective, but to make the image branded, remove or add features, remove the out-of-box experience (OOBE), and so forth. Now some general things one might want done to their image would be removing the games, setting the Internet Explorer default settings, customizing the background screen, and other branding components, removing the ability to access things in the UI by default, and so on, as well as customizing the image for a kiosk, tablet, cash register, ATM, exec's laptop, VDI image, and so on.

In this chapter, we'll go through the following topics:

  • How to customize the Windows image

  • Windows System Image Manager and Unattend.xml

  • The differences between...