MDT/WDS is doing my head in...
Background: Workstation OS: Vista Business SP2, soon to hopefully be 7.
Imaging Solution Currently: Zenworks
Current build method: Boot Vista DVD with USB key holding a predefined (by ENGL contractor) Unattend.xml. Result is a 16gb initial "empty" Vista image with 2 users, Admin and Setup. ZToolkit folder on C:. Install Base apps on there, run prepclone, Zen wrapper runs sysprep equivalent.
This gives you a SMARTbuild. On boot, this then runs through stages 1-5 of ENGL "setup", joins to domain etc. Then we install all apps, re-prepclone it. Upload to Zen server.
This is then ready to deploy to all workstations.
The problem is, Zen is a bit old now. We'd like to move to WDS. I have a VM all set up with 2003, got WDS running, installed MDT2010U1 all fine. Now, can I get my head round it? No.
I tried just using WDS, installing Vista from DVD using the unattend.XML, then making a few tweaks, and sysprepping it - it broke. "Reinstall Windows". I've got lost in MDTs XML/config files, and I'm now so darn confused trying to replicate what Zen would do, that I don't know where to start!
I'd like to use MDT2010, with the machine DB to handle all the naming etc. Followed a basic guide, got that working. However, it wasn't the most intuitive thing ever..changing the rules back and forth etc fried my head.
Are there any absolute idiot guides to it out there? I feel like one!