Windows 8.1 (with Update 1) Deployment using MDT 2013 and WDS-Part2

This is the second part of the Windows 8.1 deployment 4 part series

Installing & Configuring Windows Assessment & Deployment Kit and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013

In the first article we saw on how to install and configure WDS in Windows Server 2012 R2. We will be using WDS in order to boot and deploy (over the network) the image we capture and create using MDT 2013. Before we proceed with MDT 2013, we will need to install Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 which can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982

This is an online installer hence the above link will download a 1.4mb file named adksetup.exe. If you prefer to download the Offline setup for Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 follow the below steps.

1) Download the adksetup.exe from the above link and open it

2) Select the option “Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 for installation on  a separate computer and click next

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3) Click next

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4) Click Accept

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5) Download begins

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6) Offline download complete

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Installation of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1

Double click the adksetup.exe

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Setup will load

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Browse the installation path and click next

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Select the preferred option on the CEIP page and click next

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Click Accept to agree the license terms and conditions

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I have selected all the features to install in my test lab – you may select the same and click install

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The installation is progressing

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Installation is done and click close

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Next we will look at the installation and configuration of MDT 2013

Installing and Configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013

Download MDT 2013 from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40796 

Since I am installing it on a Windows Server 2012 R2, I have downloaded the x64 bit version

Double click the setup file

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In the MDT 2013 setup wizard click next on the welcome page

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Check the I accept check box in the End User License Agreement page and click next

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Browse the installation location and click next

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select your preferred option for CEIP and click next

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Click install

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Installation is completed, click finish

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Pin the Deployment Workbench tile to your start screen and open it

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The Deployment Workbench will open the MDT 2013 MMC

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Note that by default there is no Deployment Share created. hence we will have to create one. Right click on top of Deployment Share and click New Deployment Share

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Browse and specify the Deployment share path which is recommended to be in a different drive than the system drive (in this case I have selected E:\ Deployment Share)

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Provide a Share name, I will be leaving the default name and click next

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Provide a descriptive name, again I will be leaving the default value as it is and click next

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in the options screen you may check and uncheck the necessary options and click next (this can be done after creating the share by editing the rules and this will determine the prompts requesting for information or configuration during the deployment of the images)

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Review the summary and click next

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Upon completion of installation click finish

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The Deployment share is created and visible in the MDT 2013 MMC (Deployment Workbench)

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