Got Apps?

I usually encourage most fellow IT Pros to skip the majority of the wizards in MDT lite touch, but skipping applications is not something I’m a huge fan of, that is unless I’m ready to cook hundreds of boxes and I’m certain they all need the same appplications. If you’re ready to go to prime time I can understand why you’d want to turn off the lite touch wizard’s prompt for apps, but I prefer to leave it on most the time. But like I said, If you’re ready to pull the trigger on a huge batch of identical systems, it makes sense to skip the prompt, and here’s three different strategies you can take from preselecting and confirming to mandating some but not all, and more…

Three ideas:

First, you can default what’s checked, and leave the option to just verify, this is easily done in the customsettings.ini file.

Just get the GUID for the app from MDT and add it to your file.

for example:

SkipApplications=NO
Applications001={62635cb0-e34b-a1b2-1234-2da8594b38e2}

This example would just check them for you, you’d verify and just click next (allows you to change your mind at deploy time).

You could also easily just do this, and set skip to yes.

Another more extreme solution is to make them mandatory apps one by one and add SkipApplications=YES to your CustomSettings.ini file.

for example:

SkipApplications=YES
MandatoryApplications001={247547b0-10cb-1234-8737-70df7913a1b8}
MandatoryApplications002={81e54836-cefa-1234-b517-2f40babffe98}

MandatoryApplications003={0c39f6be-b0b2-1234-b2b2-284c65f03339}

This example would just make the three apps mandatory, would not prompt, and you’d have no choice at deploy time.

However I prefer to simplify this, and create a bundle, make that bundle mandatory and also skip applications in the CS file. The best part of bundles is you set them once, and just update them from the workbench. However, once you’re done with the mass deployment you could roll back to just preselecting and confirming. It’s really up to you, and that’s the beauty of MDT, you have the flexibility to scale back the automation down the road if you so choose.

As always, if you have any questions, send them to me on the ASK MDT GUY page!

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