Deploy Windows 8 Enterprise using Lite Touch Deployment Method

System Requirements:

Prepare Environment:

The following systems are already available in your organization.

Purpose NetBIOS Name Operating Systems
Domain Controller DC Windows Server 2012
WDS Server PrototypeSRV1 Windows Server 2012
Volume Activation Server PrototypeSRV2 Windows Server 2012
Client Client1 Windows 8

Download and copy desired applications such as Office 2013, Adobe Reader into a folder named “Staging Folder” in E: drive of WDS Server. Download Office 2013 Administrative Template and copy the content into x86 and x64 folders of office 2013.

Step1 : Install Volume Licensing Server PrototypeSRV2 and configure Active Directory Activation

Log on PrototypeSRV2 as an Administrator. Open Server Manager, Click Manage, Click Add Roles and Features, Click Next, Click Next, Select Server PrototypeSRV2, Click Next

VL Role

Select Volume Activation Services, Click Next, Follow the Screen. From the Server Manager, Click All Servers, Right Click on PrototypeSRV2,  Click Volume Activation Tools

VL Role2

On the Introduction Page, Click Next, Click Active Directory Based Activation, Provide Credentials, Click Next

VL Role3

On the Product Key Management Page, Type the KMS Product Key. KMS Key is available in Microsoft volume licensing web site. Log on the volume licensing site or contact Microsoft reseller/partner to obtain KMS Key.

VL Role4

Click Next to continue. Follow the screen to finish volume activation of Windows 8.

Step2: Download and install MDT 2012 and Windows 7 AIK on WDS Server


Step3: Configure Deployment Share in MDT for Windows 8 Enterprise

Hover mouse on right hand side top corner, Click Search, Type Deployment, Click Deployment Assistance,  Right Click MDT Deployment Share, Click New Deployment Share, Type the Location of Deployment Share where you want to store application, drivers and OS. Click Next, Click Next, Click Next




Check all the boxes as shown below, Click Next, Click Next, Click Finish.





Step4: Import Applications into Deployment Share

Right Click on Applications, Click Import new Applications. Check Application with source files, Click Next


Type application details shown below, Click Next


Browse and Point the location of source files, Click Next, Click Next



Type setup.exe, Click Next, Click Next, Click Finish.




Now expand Applications, Right Click on Office 2013, Click Property, Click Office Products Tab, Click Office Customization Tool, From Office Customization Tools, Provide Office CD Key, Suppress display, configure outlook profile. Click File, Click Save, Save the file into E:DeploymentShareApplicationsMicrosoft Office 2013Updatecustom.msp locations. Close Office Customization tools, Click Apply, Click Ok.


Follow the above steps, import Adobe Acrobat Reader, on the command details type msiexec /i AcroPro.msi /qn if you would like install Acrobat Pro otherwise AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi

Step5: Import Windows 8 Enterprise Operating Systems into MDT

Right Click on Operating Systems, Click Import Operating System, Select Full set of Source Files, Click Next


On the Source Page, Select the Source Directory of Windows 8 Enterprise, Click Next, Click Next, Click Finish.





Step6: Import Out of Box Drivers into MDT 2012

Right Click Out-of_box Drivers, Click Import Drivers, Select the source of drivers, Click Next, Click Finish.


Step7: Create Standard Deployment Tasks

Right Click Task Sequence, Click New Task Sequence, Type the Name of the task sequence, Click Next


On the Select Template Page, Select Standard Client Task Sequence, Click Next


Select Windows 8 Enterprise Version, Click Next


On the Specify Product Key Page, Check Do not specify product key at this time, Click Next


On the OS Settings, Type Full Name, Organization, IE Home Page, Click Next


Type Local Admin Password Click Next


Click Finish.


Step8: Update Deployment Share


Right Click on MDT Deployment Share, Click Update Deployment Share, Click Next, Click Finish.



Step9: Import Lite Touch Boot Image into WDS Server

Click Server Manager, Click WDS, Right Click on WDS Server, Click Windows Deployment Services Management Console


Right Click on Boot Images, Click Add Boot Images,


Select Lite TouchPE_X64.wim image from E:DeploymentShareBoot, Click Next, Click Finish.


Step10: Create a Reference Computer

Boot a reference computer using F12 network boot. Select Lite Touch Windows PE boot image, press enter


Click Run the Deployment Wizard.


On the Deployment Share Page, Type \prototypesrv1deploymentshare$, Click Next


Provide Domain Credentials, Click Ok


Select the Task, Click Next


Select Join a Workgroup, Click Next, Follow the screen





Select the Apps you want to install, Click Next


Provide Local Admin Password, Click Next


Click Capture an image of this reference computer, Click Next


Click Begin.






Step11: Create an Answer File for Win8 Image for future

Deployment Share, Click Operating Systems, Right Click on Windows 8 Enterprise Image, Click Property, Click OS Info Tab, Click Edit Unattend.xml


Once the process complete, unattended.xml will be opened using Windows AIK, Now modify the Edit Unattend.xml file, provide domain details, Click File, Click Save as, Save the file as Win8EntUnattend.xml into E:RemoteInstallWdsClientUnattend folder.

Step12: Import Captured Image into WDS Server

Open WDS Server Console, Right Install Image, Click Install new Image, Select the image you captured using lite touch from E:DeploymentShareCapturesWin8Ent.wim file. Click Next, Click Finish.


Right Click on Win8Ent Image, Click Property, Check Allow image to install unattend mode, browse and select the file win8entunattend.xml from E:RemoteInstallWdsClientUnattend folder. Click Apply, Click Ok.


Step13: Deploy the Image to Target Computer.

Open WDS Server, Click Boot Image, Click Add Boot Image, Browse Windows 8 Ent DVD, Select Boot.wim file from Sources folder, Click Next, Type the name of the image as Deploy Image (x64), Click Next, Click Finish.


Boot a target computer using F12, Select Deploy Image X64, Press Enter, Select Windows 8 Ent Image, Follow the screen.


Now Lite Touch Deployment is completed successfully.

Step by Step: Volume Activation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

What is Microsoft product activation? Activation is a method of verification that Microsoft Windows Product you have bought is genuine and comply with copyright laws i.e. it checks that you are not using a counterfeit product. Simply Microsoft wants to know did you pay right amount of $$ for the product you are using. Volume Activation is used for enterprise level users who want to deploy Microsoft products such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 in large scale in an organisation or a company. There are two type of Volume Activation—Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK)—that allow Volume Licensing customers to activate Volume License editions of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. When planning to use Volume Activation, an organization must choose KMS, MAK, or any combination of the two. The activation methods chosen depend on the needs of the organization and the network infrastructure. You don’t need to be a local Administrator in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for activation. However, for volume activation you must be a domain admin because you need to access domain groups, computers and GPO. Windows eliminates the User Account Control (UAC) prompt during activation, enabling any user who has a standard user account to activate Windows on that computer. However, this change does not allow standard users to remove Windows from the activated state.

Typical Activation Warning:



Configure Firewall in Windows7 and Windows server 2008 for Volume Activation to pass through:

You have to configure the following firewall in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008  master pc before you deploy large scale using windows deployment services. By default these firewall is blocked restraining  windows 7 and windows server 2008 to communicate with activation site.

Log on Windows 7 or Windows Sever 2008. Control Panel>Windows Firewall and Advanced Settings>Allow Program or feature pass through Windows Firewall>Select Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)>check domain, public and private>Click Ok.



Go back to Windows Firewall and click on Advanced Settings>Click Filter by Group>Click WMI>Select WMI Async-In>Double Click on WMI Async-In>General Tab>Check Enable and Allow>Advanced Tab>Check Public,Private,Domain>Select allow edge traversal>Apply>ok.





Configure Windows Firewall using GPO:

Log on to domain controller as an domain admin. Open GPO management console from Admin Tools. Select Specific Windows 7 and Windows Sever 2008 organisational unit where you want to modify Windows Firewall. Right click on that organizational unit>click edit. Go to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates> Network>Network Connections>Windows Firewall>Domain Profile & Standard Profile>Select and Modify Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception>Select Enable and Type “*” in the box.



Windows7 Volume Activation:

You must have MAK  license to do the following. Install windows AIK in Admin PC. Go to All Program>Microsoft Windows AIK>VAMT 1.2 >VAMT

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Provide MAK Product Key and Validate. Click Add to add MAK.


Select Appropriate Columns to view computer info.


Click Action>Add Computer>Type Computer Group>Select domain>Check gather info>Click ok.



Now select all windows 7 computer>right click>MAK activate.


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Microsoft References:

Licensing Centre

Troubleshooting VA

How to Choose the Right Volume License Key for Windows

Windows Firewall