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    MDT Resources

    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:

    Blogs:
    Johan Arwidmark - Deployment Gurus
    Mike Nystrom - Deployment Gurus
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/ - Lead MS Deployment Guy

    Websites:
    MDT 2010 Setup Step By Step
    XenApp Blog

    PDFs:
    Aidan Finn - Deploying Windows 7 with MDT 2010
    PDF from Microsoft France:

    Forum:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...US/mdt/threads

    Books:
    Mastering Windows 7 Deployment
    Deployment Fundamentals

    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?

    Gareth
    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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    Awesome thanks for those blog links they are excellent! Must remember to add some of those bits in on Monday!

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    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.

    Gareth

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    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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    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.

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    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?

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    Hi Jamo,

    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.

    Gareth
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    Ah I see, are you following a sysprep and capture task or just the standard client task with added capture?

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    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.

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    Here are a few more links...

    Blogs
    Microsoft Team Blogs - MDT / SCCM / WSUS
    Deployment Research (formerly DeployVista) (Johan Arwidmark)
    The App Compat Guy (Chris Jackson)
    The Deployment Bunny / Mike's Tech Head Blog (Mikael Nystrom)
    The Deployment Guys (Richard Smith, Ben Hunter et al.)
    Windows and Office Deployment Ramblings (Michael Niehaus)
    Xtreme Deployment (Keith Garner & Tim Mintner)
    Aidan Finn
    Chris Nackers Blog
    Deploy_Windows (True)
    Deploy Windows 7
    Education Technology Now
    Fixing the Annoying IT Stuff
    Scriptimus Ex Machina
    The D-Spot
    The Decoder Wheel
    The IT Bros.

    Books
    Deployment Fundamentals: Volume 1 - Paperback / Kindle Edition (Sample Files)
    Mastering Windows 7 Deployment - Paperback / Kindle Edition (Sample)
    Windows 7 Resource Kit - Paperback (Sample)
    Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP - Paperback / eBook (Sample)

    Forums
    App Deploy - Imaging and Unattended OS Installation / Package Development
    Ars Technica - Windows Technical Mojo
    MSFN - Application Installs / Unattended XP/2003, Vista/2008, Windows 7/2008 R2 / Windows PE
    MyITForum - Microsoft Deployment / Deployment Fundamentals
    ServerFault - MDT 2010 / SysPrep
    WinCert - Microsoft Operating Systems and Software / Unattended XP/Vista
    Windows-Noob - MDT / SCCM / WSIM / WDS / Zero Touch & Lite Touch

    Twitter
    Aidan Finn
    Catapult Systems
    Chris Jackson
    Chris Nackers
    Deployment Guys
    Johan Arwidmark
    Mikael Nystrom
    Mitch Tulloch
    Michael Niehaus
    The IT Bros.
    Xtreme Deployment

    Videos
    MDT 2010 Lite Touch Unleashed by Johan Arwidmark - A series of 27 videos covering literally everything MDT-related (also on YouTube).
    IT Idiots - Lite Touch Deployment of Windows 7 (Episode 71)
    Windows 7 AIK/OPK Deployment 101 (Download)
    Windows 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit Training (Microsoft)
    TrueSec Deployment CD v2.0

    Microsoft TechNet
    Microsoft TechEd 2010
    Microsoft Management Summit 2011

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    Essentials
    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)

    Optional Extras
    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)

    Updates/Hotfixes
    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)

    Code:
    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 SP1
    x86: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...RefreshPkg.msu
    x64: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...RefreshPkg.msu
    Code:
    Language Packs (MUIs)
    
    Windows 7 SP1 (All Languages)
    
    x86
    English:  http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...795bde46c8.exe
    French:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...1f48983d22.exe
    German:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...054d23bf81.exe
    Spanish:  http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...7005628286.exe
    Japanese: http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...517e4c0a3d.exe
    Polish:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...7d3552d245.exe
    Arabic:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...c44ef9b53f.exe
    
    x64
    English:  http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...58572b9b87.exe
    French:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...2bd2177798.exe
    German:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...a0cba13773.exe
    Spanish:  http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...543ed8ce33.exe
    Japanese: http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...655f1f8715.exe
    Polish:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...3d3e2d01e7.exe
    Arabic:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...26b08b8f63.exe
    
    
    Windows 7 RTM (All Languages)
    
    x86
    English:  http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...33662fd500.exe
    French:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...b00b793bf1.exe
    German:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...99278b05fc.exe
    Spanish:  http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...bf77319ee8.exe
    Japanese: http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...bbc8b45420.exe
    Polish:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...8120d326b2.exe
    Arabic:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...53d6d54c97.exe
    
    x64
    English:  http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...df3ea4ad27.exe
    French:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...96b7bbc8d8.exe
    German:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...e75f4ad533.exe
    Spanish:  http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...4f996ee014.exe
    Japanese: http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...94daddb848.exe
    Polish:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...9746ff3454.exe
    Arabic:   http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...be9cfa28f6.exe
    
    
    Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
    All 35 Languages: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...MSXLP1_DVD.iso
    
    French:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...-x64-fr-FR.exe
    German:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...-x64-de-DE.exe
    Spanish:  http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...-x64-es-ES.exe
    Japanese: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...-x64-ja-JP.exe
    Polish:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...-x64-pl-PL.exe
    Arabic:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...-x64-ar-SA.exe
    
    
    Internet Explorer v9.0 (All Languages)
    
    x86
    French:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x86-fra.msu
    German:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x86-deu.msu
    Spanish:  http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x86-esn.msu
    Japanese: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x86-jpn.msu
    Polish:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x86-plk.msu
    Arabic:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x86-ara.msu
    
    x64
    French:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x64-fra.msu
    German:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x64-deu.msu
    Spanish:  http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x64-esn.msu
    Japanese: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x64-jpn.msu
    Polish:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x64-plk.msu
    Arabic:   http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ck-x64-ara.msu
    Code:
    Language Interface Packs (LIPs)
    LIPs provide a translated version of the most widely used areas of the user interface. The parts that are not translated into the LIP language are displayed in the parent language.
    
    Welsh
    
    Windows 7
    x86: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...y-GB-32bit.mlc
    x64: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...y-GB-64bit.mlc
    
    Windows Vista
    x86: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo.../LIP_cy-GB.mlc
    x64: N/A

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    Drivers
    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
    CLI: Drvbckp
    GUI: DriverGrabber, Double Driver, Driver Magician Lite

    Scripts
    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

    Useful Apps
    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
    Hotfix Extractor
    KeepAlive - Prevent machines from falling asleep during LTI
    MDT App Export - Export & share MDT applications
    MDT Application Ordering Tool
    MDT Debugger
    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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    Tips, Tricks & How To's

    Guides
    Windows 7 Lite Touch installation with MDT 2010 - Part One / Two / Three / Four
    Sysprep a Windows 7 machine from start to finish
    How to automate Lite Touch Installation (LTI) using MDT 2010 by Mitch Tulloch (Very comprehensive, but contains some old stuff)

    Drivers
    Assign Drivers to Computer Makes and Models
    Injecting Intel Storage Drivers into XP WIMs via MDT
    Injecting VMware drivers into your Windows 7/2008 R2 install discs
    Lite Touch Driver Management
    Manage drivers in MDT 2010
    VMware VMXNET3 Driver with WinPE
    Dell Owners - Avoid the IDT 92HDxxx HD Audio driver
    Windows Recovery Environment mass storage driver injection

    Images / WIMs
    How to create a Windows 7/2008 R2 reference image for deployment - Part I / Part II
    How to create a Windows XP reference image for MDT using VMware Workstation v7.0
    Combining WIM files
    MDT 2010 and deployment from a USB key
    Multilingual Image Creation

    Hints & Tips
    Snazzy OSD status with BGInfo
    BGinfo and VNC server in your boot image
    Configure MDT 2010 to send an e-mail when deployment is completed
    Default product keys for Vista and Windows 7 deployment
    DeploymentShare folder permissions
    Disable mouse and keyboard during deployment
    Get rid of the EU browser choice in a task sequence
    Install software based on PnP hardware ID
    MDT and OUs, including spaces and odd characters
    Password "protect" MDT 2010 LiteTouch (and disable F8 key / Command Prompt)
    Set screen resolution in WinPE 2.x/3.x
    Upgrading Dell, HP & Lenovo BIOSs during LiteTouch Deployment
    Using application "bundles" in MDT 2010
    Using a proxy during OSD
    Windows Server deployment using MDT 2010
    VMware View Windows 7 Optimizations

    SysPrep / Unattend.xml etc.

    Windows XP
    Sample Sysprep Files for Windows XP SP3
    Single Image Intel/AMD & uni/multi-processor with Windows XP
    UK regional settings in MDT for Windows XP

    Windows 7 / 2008 R2
    Customizing Windows 7 Unattend.xml
    SysPrep with the CopyProfile setting - the correct WAY
    Customizing default users profile using CopyProfile
    SysPrep - Windows 7 and the 100MB hidden partition

    TechNet Technical References
    Unattended Windows Setup Reference
    Settings to use for an unattended installation
    How configuration passes work
    Understanding Disk Partitions
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM), ImageX, SysPrep, Windows System Image Manager (WSIM)
    Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) User's Guide

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    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)

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    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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