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20th May 2011, 07:38 PM #1
WIth more and more using MDT 2010 on here I wonder if it's worth starting a sticky at the top of this forum with MDT Tips and Tricks?
If I get time I might start going through the posts collecting things from the forum.
Anyhow, to start here is an excellent set of links:
Johan Arwidmark - Deployment Gurus
Mike Nystrom - Deployment Gurus
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/ - Lead MS Deployment Guy
MDT 2010 Setup Step By Step
Aidan Finn - Deploying Windows 7 with MDT 2010
PDF from Microsoft France:
Mastering Windows 7 Deployment
There are thousands of links out there that can help. These are the ones I've been reading this evening.
Anyone got anything else to add to this possible sticky?
Last edited by ZeroHour; 7th December 2011 at 06:58 PM.
Reason: Changed format of the post to include better links.
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20th May 2011, 07:53 PM #2
Awesome thanks for those blog links they are excellent! Must remember to add some of those bits in on Monday!
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20th May 2011, 08:05 PM #3
Not a problem. A 'Thank Post' would be nice :-) MDT 2010 is my new obsession now. I'm working through various search engines to see what I can find. Page 9 of Google at the moment LOLOL.
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20th May 2011, 09:44 PM #4
O dear! Yeah its great, I've been working on it this week, got the main XP deployment done and split the normal apps away from the image (apart from the wonderous SIMS) and am now testing W7. Getting a few issues with W7 sysprep though will read on about this 'audit' mode I thinks
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20th May 2011, 09:50 PM #5
Sysprep - We had MDT do it all
Sims - there is an msi generator somewhere online. CS3 is the only thing in our image now. MDT takes care of Office as well.
20th May 2011, 10:33 PM #6
Lol you are adding links faster than I can read! Is the MSI generator supported by capita?
Unfortunately we still use 2003 and MDT doesn't seem to see it as the Office style package. I have a 2007 disc but with only a few licences its not worth trying for now will probably give it a go later though. Have you managed to get SP1 to work? I have heard issues with W7 SP1 and MDT and that it cant be used as a package and instead has to be run as an application?
20th May 2011, 10:43 PM #7
Sorry about that. I've tidied the post up quite a bit now. I'll add things to the Wiki I think - saves making a huge post :-)
As for Windows 7 SP1 - we had problems with the slipstreamed disk downloaded from the Microsoft licensing site. For some reason it didn't have the drivers in WinPE - really strange. Sooooo I used the original Windows 7 Enterprise disk that I downloaded a few months ago. Then in the capture image I put a pause in there (following one of the books) - this paused the capture image and let me install SP1 and CS3. I then kicked off the image capture resume and it worked fine.
MSI Generator for SIMS - Doubtful. It works though and our LEA have adopted it. A quick search on the internet for 'Mini Solus' finds the site is still there: http://www.schooltechnician.co.uk/kn...eployment.html - it installs an older version and then updates itself based on the settings you set it for.
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20th May 2011, 10:48 PM #8
Ah I see, are you following a sysprep and capture task or just the standard client task with added capture?
20th May 2011, 10:52 PM #9
Well I have followed the book - we have two deployment shares - one is a capture share and one is a production share. We have a sysprep and capture. We then import the image file into the production share.
As for sysprep - it's not the same as WIndows XP is it - I haven't made any sysprep.inf files this time around. Just followed the book - it works.
22nd May 2011, 02:12 AM #10
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22nd May 2011, 02:14 AM #11
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1
Windows Automated Installation Kit v3.0
Windows AIK Supplement for Windows 7/2008 R2 SP1 (updates WinPE to v3.1. Read this first before installing)
Application Compatibility Toolkit v5.6 (Download)
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (Download)
ISOs (via MDL)
Windows 7 Professional (x86/x64)
Windows 7 Enterprise Evaluation (x86/x64)
Packages (Patches and Languages Packs)
SoLoR's Hotfix Repository - MSU Update Packs for Windows 7 (Post-SP1) and Office 2010
Microsoft Update Catalog - Updates and drivers. Must use Internet Explorer to download files.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Search - Find Microsoft updates using various criteria
Microsoft KB Articles
KB976932 - SP1 for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 (x86 & x64)
KB2534111 - "Computer name cannot contain only numbers" error message when you install Windows 7 by using Windows 7 SP1 integrated installation media. This is the hotfix which is integrated into the SP1-U ISOs.
KB2529073 - Binary files in some USB drivers are not updated after you install Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
KB982018 - Advanced Format Disks Compatibility Update for Windows 7/2008 R2 inc. SP1 (includes new fsutil.exe)
22nd May 2011, 02:17 AM #12
Dell - Driver packs for almost every business-class desktop/laptop that Dell sell.
» Desktops - XP, Windows 7
» Notebooks - XP, Windows 7
» Windows PE v3.0 (NIC and Mass Storage drivers only)
HP - SoftPaq Download Manager / SmartStart Scripting Toolkit (WinPE drivers for Proliant servers)
IBM - ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit (WinPE drivers for IBM servers)
Lenovo - ThinkVantage Update Retriever
Driver Backup Tools
GUI: DriverGrabber, Double Driver, Driver Magician Lite
Bulk import drivers into MDT using PowerShell
Check to see if the TPM is enabled (for BitLocker)
Identify driver problems in MDT 2010 Litetouch
Install driver EXE package
Use MAC address to name computer
ZeroTouch for MDT without SCCM
Windows 7 Toolkit - Like nLite, but for Windows 7 (and with more features)
AppInst - A small program to easily install applications from an MDT deployment share.
Duplicate Driver Tool
Exe2Cab - Converts language pack installers from EXEs to CABs so they can be integrated into Windows using MDT or DISM
GImageX - ImageX GUI
KeepAlive - Prevent machines from falling asleep during LTI
MDT App Export - Export & share MDT applications
MDT Application Ordering Tool
MDT MSI App - Quickly add MSIs to MDT either via GUI or command-line
MDT Web Front-end
MDT Wizard Editor
Pretty Good Frontend Clone
USB Boot Tool - Wizard to add/remove WinPE Boot.wim(s) to a USB flash drive.
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22nd May 2011, 02:17 AM #13
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24th December 2011, 07:54 AM #14
Deployment Fundamentals: Volume 2 is out! Although this book focuses on deploying physical and virtual servers using MDT 2010 and SCVMM 2008 R2, it is still contains useful info for deploying client OSs according to co-author Mikael Nystrom.
Amazon: UK (£30) / US ($45)
23rd February 2012, 02:52 PM #15
Can you add drivers from cab files? I've just come across MDT and I'm just wondering if I can take any shortcuts by using the drivers folder (which is full of cab files) from my CC4 build server.
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