Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Install WDS/MDT

  1. Instal on the server the Windows Deployment service.
  2. Install MDT Windows Deployment Tools
  3. Install MDT ADK Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit
    only needed Deployment tools
  4. Install ADK Win PE Windows PE
    (install instructions)

MDT Cheats

Install and deploy a custom .wim

Step 1. Create a new deployment share

Step 2. Select a location where you would like to create the new deployment share. (Tip: Create the share not an the C:\ drive of your server)

Step 3. Select a name for the share. (If you use $ the share will be hidden)

Step 4. Choose a name for the new deployment share. This name will be shown in the deployment workbench.

Step 5. No special settings requierd here.

Step 6. In this step you get a summary of the settings.

Step 7. Create and finish the creation of the deployment share.

Step 8. The creation is succesfull.

Step 9. Add an operating system.

Step 10. We are going to choose for a custom image file. This is a .wim file that we captured.

Step 11. Browse to the file and add it.

Step 12. No setup files are needed.

Step 13. You could change the name of the operating system when it is added to the deployment share.

Step 14. You get a summary and can add the operating system.

Step 15. Create a New task sequence.

Step 16. Choose a Name and an ID for the task sequence. A task sequence is like a list of commands you want MDT to do for you.

Step 17. We are going to use a default standard task sequence and change it later on.

Step 18. Add the operating system we added before.

Step 19. At our set-up we are using a KMS server so we arent entering a poduct key.

Step 20. Add some additional company information. This is not that important.

Step 21. This handy step adds a local admin with a password that you can choose. If you don’t do this no local admin will be added (disabled).

Step 22. Summary and finish the last changes.

Imporant. If you are using other language settings you need to change the master unattend of the WinPE. Otherwise the default keyboard/language will be added all the time. How to change this needs to be done now.

Step 23. Edit the task sequence and skip capture user/group.

Step 24. Open the properties of the deployment share.

Step 25. In general disable the option x86 if you don’t use it. This will make the update/creation of the deployment share twices at fast.

Step 26. Change the rules, you can find them in the cheat codes

Step 27. Change the bootstrap.ini file, you can also find this example file in cheat codes. Save this file.

Step 28. Disable the option Generate ISO. This is not needed an will also save you some time when generating the deployment img.

Step 29. If you want to enable monitorring you need to check the option Enable monitorring.

Step 30. Update the deployment share.

Step 31. The first option for updating is enough.

Step 32. Generate the boot image files.

Step 33. Add generated boot image to WDS boot images.

Step 34. The boot image is created in #mdt_share_location#\boot\LiteTouch_x64.wim

Step 35. Just keep clicking yes until the wizard adds the image to the WDS server.

You’re all done! You can boot from the network and install using MDT/WDS.