Deployment, PowerShell and System Administration

MDT 2013 Guide 12: Deployment Role and Computer Object

This post will detail the final steps required for the deployment. Since this phase will add the computer to the domain, we will require a user with specific permissions to add workstations to the domain.   Create Domain Join User On the domain controller, open Active Directory Users and Computers. If you don’t already have

MDT 2013 Guide 11: Creating Deployment Task Sequence

As we have now built and captured the gold image, the next step is phase 3 – Deploying the gold image to all the other workstations. This phase will be split into two parts: Adding applications and task sequence Adding the deployment role and computer   Adding Deployment Applications This is the phase where we

MDT 2013 Guide 10: Capturing the Gold Image

This post will deal with phase 2 of the deployment – capturing the gold image and importing it into MDT.   Capturing the Gold Image This is the easy part. Simply double-click on the Resume Task Sequence shortcut and the virtual machine should start the sysprep and capture process. It will then reboot back into

MDT 2013 Guide 09: Creating the Gold Image

In this post we will create the gold image. Before continuing, I just want to remind you of the 3 phases that we discussed in part 05: Creating a Gold Image Capturing the Gold Image Deploying the Gold Image to all workstations This post will complete phase 1.   Booting the Virtual Machine Start the

MDT 2013 Guide 08: WDS and PXE Booting

Next we will configure WDS to allow machines to PXE boot and deploy from the MDT Deployment Share.   Creating the PXE Image Open Deployment Workbench. Right-click on MDT Deployment Share and go to Properties. Click on the Windows PE tab. Untick the Generate a Lite Touch bootable ISO image. We will be not be

MDT 2013 Guide 07: MDT Database

In this post we will set up a role entry and computer entry in the MDT Database, for deploying the gold image.   Gold Image Role Within Deployment Workbench, navigate to Advanced Configuration – Database – Roles. Right-click on Roles and choose New. Give the role a name and then click on Details. Scroll down

MDT 2013 Guide 06: Build Task Sequence

In this post we will set up the build task sequence and configure CustomSettings.ini with some defaults.   Create Build Task Sequence This task sequence will install Windows 8.1 onto the virtual machine, install Office 2013 and all Windows Updates, and then shut down, ready for us to take a snapshot. Right-click on Task Sequences

MDT 2013 Guide 05: Application and OS

With all the MDT software, prerequisites and configuration updates out of the way, we are now able to start configuration of the components which will perform the deployment. Before we continue though, I will take a moment here to outline how the deployment will be implemented. Deployment Overview There are 3 phases to the deployment:

MDT 2013 Guide 04: Network Access Permissions

This post will deal with giving access to the Deployment Share and MDT database. We will limit access to all deployment resources, granting only the minimum rights needed to perform the deployment.   Active Directory Users and Groups On the domain controller, open up Active Directory Users and Computers. Create a new Service user, which

MDT 2013 Guide 03: Create Deployment Share and Set Up Database

In this post we will start the configuration of the MDT environment by setting up the Deployment Share and the MDT database. Deployment Share The first thing we’ll need to create is a Deployment Share, which is where MDT will store all the files it requires to complete the deployment process. Open Deployment Workbench, right-click