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    USB Sticks and WDS/MDT

    I'm trying to figure out how to create a USB key just with the boot information to get into the Lite Touch install provided by MDT. Everything I've found seems to want a large enough USB key to store all files and take network out of the equation which is not what I want. I just want to be able to boot the machine without having to go manually into each BIOS and reconfigure it for PXE which creates nightmares when crossing VLANs.

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    Haven't tried this as I'm just in the early stages of setting up WDS/MDT for deployment, but maybe give the Non-PXE Boot section from this site? Windows Deployment Service (WDS) - Unattended Installations

    Be interested to know if it works!

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    Set the deploymentshare as deployroot like below


    Our Bootstrap.ini file:

    [Settings]
    Priority=Default

    [Default]
    SkipBDDWelcome=YES
    DeployRoot=\\Servername\DeploymentShare$
    UserDomain=DOMAINNAME
    UserID=SERVICEACCOUNTNAME
    UserPassword=PASSWORD
    KeyboardLocalePE=0813:00000813
    Last edited by strawberry; 17th June 2011 at 01:19 AM.

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    couldnt you use the ms tool for installing win7 from dvd and just swap the boot.wim on the pen drive for the one on your server?

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    If you've got MDT setup - all you need to do is go to the C:\DeploymentShare$\Boot find the LiteTouchPE_x86.iso - mount it with something like Pismo File Mount Audit Package and then copy the files to a USB stick that has been formatted correctly. My litetouch bootstick is 189MB - just depends on how many NIC and storage drivers you include



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