Windows 8.1 (with Update 1) Deployment using MDT 2013 and WDS-Part 3

This is the 3rd part of the 4 part deployment series.

In my first and second article I wrote on how to install and configure WDS, install and configure MDT 2013. Now that we have installed and configured MDT 2013, lets see on how to import an operating system (Windows 8.1) image to the MDT Deployment Share we created, how to create a task sequence within MDT 2013 and finally we will look at how to configure WDS to respond to client PXE boot requests.

Import Windows 8.1 image to MDT

Open the deployment workbench MMC

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Right Click on the Operating Systems folder and select Import Operating Systems

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On the Import Operating System Wizard select “full set of source files” and click next

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Browse and select the folder where your operating system files are stored. (in this scenario I am using the Windows 8.1 DVD, hence I will select my DVD drive which is D:\) and click Next

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Specify a meaningful name to the destination directory and click next

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Review the summary and click next

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The progress will begin

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Once the progress is successful, the confirmation will display the results. click finish after reviewing

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Operating System is now successfully imported

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Operating system successfully added inside the DeploymentShare folder

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Similarly you can add multiple operating systems (x86 and x64) according to your requirement

Updating the Deployment Share

Upon adding your required Operating systems, applications, drivers, etc. You will need to update the Deployment Share. This process will make sure that all the latest tools and settings are copied to the deployment share. You will need to do this every time you make some changes to the image, add/remove applications within MDT 2013 so it will be updated.

To update the Deployment Share

Right Click on the MDT Deployment Share and select Update Deployment Share

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In the update deployment share wizard make sure the “Optimize the boot image updating process” is selected and click next

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Click next on the summary page

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The progress will start

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Click finish after reviewing the results in the confirmation page

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The updated DeploymentShare containing the LiteTouchPE iso, WIM, and the XML files

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Configuring WDS by adding the necessary boot images

After importing the Operating system and updating the Deployment share, you will need to configure and add the necessary WinPe (LiteTouchPE) images to WDS. This will enable you to boot your clients using PXE boot.

Open the Windows Deployment Services (WDS) mmc

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Right click on boot images and select Add images

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In the Add Image Wizard browse and select the location where the LiteTouchPE WIM images are stored within the DeploymentShare folder (E:\DeploymentShare\Boot) and click next

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Give it a meaningful name and description. Click next

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Review the setting in the summary page and click next

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The image is added

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Click Finish

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Since we added only the x64 LietTouchPE.wim I will repeat the process to add the x86 wim as well so that we can deploy operating system under both platforms

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Images are added in to WDS

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Creating Task Sequence

A task sequence is a bunch of settings or instructions bundled together as a task and will be presented to be selected from the client during the deployment. Depending on the selected task sequence, the OS, Applications, settings, drivers, etc. will be deployed to the client. Basically task sequence is similar to an answer file.

Open the Deployment Workbench MMC and right lick on task sequence and select new task sequence

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Provide a Unique Task Seq1uence ID, a meaningful name and a description. Click next

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From the Task Sequence template dropdown, select “Standard Client Task Sequence” and click next

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From the list of available Operating Systems (that are imported to MDT 2013) select the appropriate OS you want to deploy through this Task Sequence and click next

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you provide the necessary values and click next (for this lab I will select the first option)

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Specify the OS settings details and click next

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specify the admin password (this is the password for the local administrator account and not for the domain administrator) and click next

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review the summary and click next

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click finish

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Task sequence is created and visible in the Deployment Workbench MMC

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