Deploy Windows 7 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010……..Life is easy for Systems Admin

Have you added drivers after riprep in Windows 2003 RIS? Moreover, you prepared master pc, patched up, installed application and waited hours to do riprep. If you forgot to add a patch or application then gotcha!! Redo the whole thing again. I bet, you been through all these. That’s over now.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010) is a comprehensive tool that makes Windows 7 and windows Server 2008 deployment easy. I would say it made my life more comfortable when I deployed Windows 7. You will not go through all the hassles you did while adding drivers and applications in a deployable reprip image in RIS server. It’s more fun with Windows Deployment Services, windows 7 Automated Installation Kit and MDT 2010. Cheers to Microsoft. You can fully automate desktop and server deployment using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.

MDT provides you with the following benefits:

  • common deployment console for desktop and server deployment
  • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images
  • Fully automated Zero Touch Installation
  • Access from anywhere i.e. WDS server, DFS shares, Admin PC or organisation wide
  • Manage drivers, operating systems, applications, packages and tasks
  • Automate using Windows PowerShell command.
  • Choose x86 or x64 depending on host hardware and OS
  • Build ISO image or WIM file

Systems Requirement:

Windows Server 2008

Windows Deployment Services

Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7

Windows 7 DVD/source

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Working with MDT 2010:

Download and install Windows  AIK and MDT in admin pc. Create two shared folder, copy all source files (windows 7, drivers and applications) in one folder and another for WIM and ISO that will be created by MDT. Now follow the screen shots.

Step1: Prepare MDT

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Step2: Add Windows 7 Source files

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For this article, I kept only Business Edition and remove other versions.

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Step3: Add Applications like Office 2007, Adobe, Antivirus

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Step4: Add drivers. for this article I added Intel DQ35JOE drivers

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Step5:Create task. Here you have the option to create ISO or WIM file for WDS.

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Step6: Run Update

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Once update finish, you can use boot disk ISO. If you select sysprep and capture without selecting standard client task sequesnce you can create WIM file, then you can directly insert into WDS server and deploy.

I found MDT is very handy and smarter tools for systems administrator. I would recommend to create a testbed before going for full deployment. Then you will have the flexibility to get desired image. Thumbs-up

Deploy Windows 7 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010……..Life is easy for Systems Admin

Have you added drivers after riprep in Windows 2003 RIS? Moreover, you prepared master pc, patched up, installed application and waited hours to do riprep. If you forgot to add a patch or application then gotcha!! Redo the whole thing again. I bet, you been through all these. That’s over now.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT 2010) is a comprehensive tool that makes Windows 7 and windows Server 2008 deployment easy. I would say it made my life more comfortable when I deployed Windows 7. You will not go through all the hassles you did while adding drivers and applications in a deployable reprip image in RIS server. It’s more fun with Windows Deployment Services, windows 7 Automated Installation Kit and MDT 2010. Cheers to Microsoft. You can fully automate desktop and server deployment using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.

MDT provides you with the following benefits:

  • common deployment console for desktop and server deployment
  • Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images
  • Fully automated Zero Touch Installation
  • Access from anywhere i.e. WDS server, DFS shares, Admin PC or organisation wide
  • Manage drivers, operating systems, applications, packages and tasks
  • Automate using Windows PowerShell command.
  • Choose x86 or x64 depending on host hardware and OS
  • Build ISO image or WIM file

Systems Requirement:

Windows Server 2008

Windows Deployment Services

Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7

Windows 7 DVD/source

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Working with MDT 2010:

Download and install Windows  AIK and MDT in admin pc. Create two shared folder, copy all source files (windows 7, drivers and applications) in one folder and another for WIM and ISO that will be created by MDT. Now follow the screen shots.

Step1: Prepare MDT

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Step2: Add Windows 7 Source files

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For this article, I kept only Business Edition and remove other versions.

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Step3: Add Applications like Office 2007, Adobe, Antivirus

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Step4: Add drivers. for this article I added Intel DQ35JOE drivers

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Step5:Create task. Here you have the option to create ISO or WIM file for WDS.

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Step6: Run Update

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Once update finish, you can use boot disk ISO. If you select sysprep and capture without selecting standard client task sequesnce you can create WIM file, then you can directly insert into WDS server and deploy.

I found MDT is very handy and smarter tools for systems administrator. I would recommend to create a testbed before going for full deployment. Then you will have the flexibility to get desired image. Thumbs-up

How to deploy custom windows 7 using windows deployment services (WDS) 2008

Prerequisite:

  1. Windows 2008 Active Directory, DNS and DHCP
  2. Download Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) and installed in WDS server.
  3. Windows 7 DVD

Step1 Install WDS in Windows 2008 Server. Navigate to Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools >Manage Server>Expand Roles>add new role

Follow screen shot

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Step2 Install WAIK in WDS server, In windows 2008, you don’t need to install .net framework 2.0. Its inbuilt. Insert WAIK DVD in WDS server and install WAIK. nothing special, install as you install an ordinary application.

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Step3 Configure WDS Server. Navigate to Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > Windows Deployment Services. Expand Server and right click [sever name] and click Configure Server. Click Next to start the Wizard. Check the Path (I used e:\Remoteinstall, avoid boot partition if possible). For DHCP Options 60 Check both “Do not listen on Port 67″ and “Configure DHCP option 60 to “PXE Client” and Click Next. For PXE Server Initial Settings select “Respond to all (known and unknown) client computers” and click Finish

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Check both “Do not listen to port 67” and “Configure DHCP option 60 to PXE Client” option if DHCP and WDS has been configured in same Server

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on WDS console expand Servers, right click on WDS server, navigate to property. Click network settings>check obtain IP address from DHCP

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Now add winpe.wim image in WDS. WDS>right click on boot image>Add boot image>Browse and navigate to C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\x86\WinPE.WIM  Name this image as “Capture Image”

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add boot.wim image in WDS. Now insert windows 7 DVD in WDS server’s dvd rom.  WDS>right click on boot image>Add boot image>Browse and navigate to D:\sources\boot.WIM  (d:\ is dvd rom drive) Name this image as “Deploy Image”

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to add x64 bit winpe.wim in boot image, WDS>right click on boot image>Add boot image>Browse and navigate to C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\amd64\WinPE.WIM and add this image.

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Now make image group in WDS.

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Step4 Install Windows 7, prepare it by installing desired application. Log on to Windows 7 computer as an administrator. Navigate to c:\windows\system32\sysprep and Run sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /reboot  from command prompt. be careful of this reboot to capture the image, if not you will need to re-do Sysprep. Press F12 to initiate a session the WDS Server. Select capture Image option.

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On command prompt as shown above screen, type WDSCapture and hit enter key.

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Upload image to WDS server, click on connect, provide credentials if required, select Image group and name it.

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Once image capture is done. navigate to WDS console>Image group>right click on windows7 image>property>check allow image to install in unattended mode>select file> browse and navigate to unattended xml file prepared using WAIK.

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Step5  to deploy this image boot similar workstation and press F12 to PXE boot. Select deploy image option>select group>select image.