Ultimate Step by Step Windows 10 MDT Guide

Stumbled upon this today:

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https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/deploy/get-started-with-the-microsoft-deployment-toolkit

It is by far the best guide out there I have seen and coming from Mr. Michael Niehaus, it’s second to none.

Add URL to customized Windows 10 Start Menu — System Center Solutions

Fellow WordPress blogger Bert Pinoy posted a neat trick, haven’t tested it yet, but should work like a charm for any and all webapps you have to pin to a windows 10 start menu!

Hi, Since more and more of our customers are adopting Windows 10 in their environment we start to learn more tricks every day. An important component of Windows 10 is the start menu. Administrators could apply a default startmenu layout for all users by using a GPO but downside of this approach is that the […]

via Add URL to customized Windows 10 Start Menu — System Center Solutions

Building a Windows 7SP1 Image with MDT2013 Update 2.

Stumbled across this today, Mr. Johan Arwidmark has published a complete and updated Windows 7 build guide on his site, Deployment Research. This is probably the best guide out there. No sense in writing an article like this as Johan’s the best of the best and he’s already written a better guide than I possibly could.

I pretty much follow these guides of his religiously: Use a separate share for automating the building of images, lay down windows, have it install IE11, dotNet, VCR, and Office, patch, and capture, all using a standard client task sequence that starts by laying down the vanilla wim from ISO.

CHECK IT OUT: http://deploymentresearch.com/Research/Post/521/Back-to-Basics-Building-a-Windows-7-SP1-Reference-Image-using-MDT-2013-Update-2

Interesting Notes: Updating the WUA in your image prior to running windows may speed the build process. I am currently testing this to confirm, but Johan’s usually always right about stuff like this. If you have any luck with this approach, lemme know!

Official MDT FAQ andGetting Started Guide

Found this a while back, but wanted to post this link for a while now. Here is the official TechNet MDT FAQ and Getting Started Guide written by Mr. Keith Garner, formerly of Microsoft. https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ef0a9119-63b6-45ae-a871-866ea62ee3e8/mdt-technet-forum-faq-getting-started-guide If there’s anything not covered on the FAQ you’re still unsure of feel free to drop a line at Ask MDTGuy!

Mandatory Reading : Locking down your deployment

Excellent post on a criminally underrated topic: MDT Security. MDT expert Keith Garner walks us through MDT security best practices, and heck I definitely learned a thing or two!Security Week – Locking down your deployment.

PowerShell is King – Using OneGet Package Manager on Windows Server Technical Preview build 9841

Let’s get Chocolatey! First heard about this via Keith Garner, but this guide from Mike is not to be missed. Finally there is a global silent software installer that’s command line driven! Brilliant! Do not pass this read up!

The Deployment Bunny

PowerShell is great and with the “new” OneGet it get awesome. OneGet is a part of PowerShell v5 and it is a generic package manager. OneGet can get items from a repository, for example from Chocolatey (https://chocolatey.org/) Instead of spending a massive amount of time to explain how it works inside, lets just start playing with it. There is a couple of things you need to do to make OneGet to work with Chocolatey in build 9841.

Lets Install Zoomit, WinRAR and Notepad++!

Step 1 – Install the Chocolatey provider

Execute the following in an elevated PowerShell prompt:

#Setup the Webclient
$webclient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient

#DL and install Chocolatey
Invoke-Expression (($webclient).DownloadString(‘https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1’))

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Step 2 – Download the updated and modified OneGet PowerShell Module

Execute the following in an elevated PowerShell prompt:

#DL and unzip the latest OneGet
$ZipFile = ‘C:OneGet.Zip’
$webclient.DownloadFile(‘
http://oneget.org/oneget.zip’,$ZipFile)

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After download, unzip the zip folder…

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