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
Windows Server 2008
Windows Deployment Services
Windows 7 DVD/source
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
Step2: Add Windows 7 Source files
For this article, I kept only Business Edition and remove other versions.
Step3: Add Applications like Office 2007, Adobe, Antivirus
Step4: Add drivers. for this article I added Intel DQ35JOE drivers
Step5:Create task. Here you have the option to create ISO or WIM file for WDS.
Step6: Run Update
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.