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    It works!

    Finally got MDT 2010 to play nicely and will install a variety of apps with no user interaction!

    This includes AutoIT scripts and even SIMS.net!!

    Time to start creating MSI and AutoIT wrappers for a bunch of apps now!

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    Finally got MDT 2010 to play nicely and will install a variety of apps with no user interaction!
    Can you elaborate on the context - do you mean install a variety of apps with no user interaction immediately post-OS installation (or something else)?

    PS: You do know about the recent MDT 2010 Update 1 don't you? I've been playing, but fortunately the claim in the release docs about "Removed Features: None" appears to be correct and so far things that used to, still work.

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    Ooh, sounds exciting! Let us know what you have managed to install. We are looking at moving to Windows 7 on clients and are having a few issues with fog so would like to find alternative methods.

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    has anyone had a read of this: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 1: Using MDT to Prepare, Install and Capture customized Windows 7 Images – Part I Augusto Alvarez. not sure if it worth the read because i have not look to far into 7 deployment

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    here's the list of stuff so far:

    Windows 7 (Duh!)
    Office 2010
    Viso 2010
    Project 2010
    Adobe AIR
    Expression Studio 3
    AutoRoute 2010
    McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.7i
    Google Earth
    Google Sketchup
    SIMS .net
    VLC Player
    Fireworks MX (via AutoIT)
    Password Control 2.4
    Custom MSI - Win7 Lgon Background, Bulletin Display Softwre, Poweroff, USBDLM
    Audacity

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    I am not liking the way LiteTouchPE_x86.wim keeps getting bigger and bigger the more drivers i add, and the fact its a boot image, so have to wait ages on machines for it to load the whole WIM and its only going to get longer. Why is there not a smaller Boot WIM to get it started first then pull down the larger image once you have clicked buttons.

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    LiteTouchPE_x86.wim keeps getting bigger and bigger the more drivers i add
    It would, but why do you need to keep adding drivers? WinPE3 is the Win7 version and because that is relatively recent and has lots of driver support in it by default I've rarely had to add any drivers - and then all you should normally need to add is a NIC and/or mass storage driver.

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    got it to deploy a vanilla image of xp/win7 havnt tried apps yet just drivers. anyone found a way of adding windows updates into it as without them with xp needing 90 aftter install wds still seems the way to go

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    Not as yet, because it interferes with Application installation - I have to disable the WU Service until the apps are installed...
    If we could slipstream the updates in with the install it would be perfect..

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    I do an offline install using the logistix update packs saves having to connect to anything else.

    This is the last thing that is done when an os is deployed.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    I do an offline install using the logistix update packs saves having to connect to anything else.

    This is the last thing that is done when an os is deployed.

    Ben
    any more info on how to do that

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    I use nLite to slipstream both SP3 and the latest xable SP3 update pack into the XP source before importing the OS into MDT. Having done that every now and again I slipstream new xable updates into the MDT distribution share copy of XP.

    I don't sysprep, capture and deploy XP images i.e. all XP builds copy down that updated XP source which MDT installs the old fashioned way, then adds apps (workstation locked), joins the domain (OU is selected in the few remaining pages I haven't nuked from the initial MDT deployment wizard), reboots which gets policy including WSUS => done.

    For Win7 you've got the MDT packages feature which works with CABs or **MSUs**.
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    while its been mentioned how do you get mdt to put it in the right ou do you have to type cn=blah,dc=blah,dc=local as typing in the ou name diddnt seem to work for me but ive not had much time on it yet

    ive had issues in the past using nlite for adding updates with system verification checker going nuts on just about every file possible rendering installs useless

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    how do you get mdt to put it in the right ou
    I statically pre-populate the deployment wizard's OU drop-down via entries in bootstrap.ini e.g.

    DomainOUs1=OU=Blah,DC=..
    DomainOUs2=OU=AnotherBlah,DC=..

    I did contemplate dynamically grabbing them from AD at deploy-time but WinPE didn't (easily) have the traditional APIs for talking to AD.. not sure if that's changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    I am not liking the way LiteTouchPE_x86.wim keeps getting bigger and bigger the more drivers I add
    An easy way to fix that would be to use selection profiles. These would prevent unnecessary drivers from being added to your LiteTouchPE_x86.wim and keep it as small as possible. As PiqueABoo mentioned, you only really need NIC and MSD drivers for the boot image (to enable it to connect to your deployment share).

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