Getting Started with MDT 2012

MDT is configured and controlled through a MMC snap-in called the Deployment Workbench. It’s here you will modify a series of files and folders called Deployment Shares to automate Windows and Office deployments. Ideally if you’re an IT Pro, you should have three shares, one just for building images, one for live production, and a third for testing. If you’re just getting started, just play with a basic share until you’re ready to start building any of those. You want to get comfortable pushing just the generic, stock, vanilla image from the CD and a few apps at deploy time before you even think about going into production. Learn to walk before you run.

Prelim: Install MDT 2012 & ADK

Install MDT 2012, and then install the Win ADK. ADK will install Win7 both and Win8 with no problems

Download & Install MDT 2012 Update 1

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25175

Download & Install MDT 2012 Update 1

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652

Download Win7SP1 ISOs

Windows 7 Professional SP1-U English x86: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59183.iso
Windows 7 Professional SP1-U English x64: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59186.iso

SP1 Update roll-ups

http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2775511

STEP 1: Create a Share

The first time you get into MDT, it’s a bit underwhelming, just create a new share, and start feeding it.

Name the share

– Choose a generic name

Locate the share

– Make sure it’s gonna have room

Configure answer file

– The five check boxes will build your first customsettings.ini file.

STEP 2: Feed The Beast

Add Applications

– Start first with easy stuff, Firefox, Flash, Office. Worry about those apps that 10% of your users use later.

Add Drivers

– Worry about other makes and models later. When getting started, focus on one model, we’ll add other drivers later.

Import OS

– Import the install.wim file for now

STEP 3: Build The Task Sequence

Use a standard client task sequence, and configure your answer file

STEP 4: Configure your Share

Bootstrap.ini

Configure this file with the IP of the server if you’re in a network without local DNS. You can also do set an autologin for winpe here.

CustomSettings.ini

This is the real magic file here, many steps of the wizard are either configured or skipped outright here.

Tweak

Turn on/off what platforms you’ll support here, set your scratch space and enable monitoring here.

STEP 5: Update Share

Update the share and build the boot media.

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