Windows 8.1 (with Update 1) Deployment using MDT 2013 and WDS-Part 4

This is the final part of the 4 part deployment series

In the first 3 parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) I covered on how to installing and configure Windows Deployment Services (WDS), install and configure Windows Assessment & Deployment Kit (WADK) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 (MDT), importing operating system image to MDT, creating task sequence in MDT and finally preparing WDS for deployment.

Now that our backend infrastructure is all setup for client deployment, lets start our client and boot the machine over LAN (PXE Boot).

Press F12 for network service boot

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The machine will get an IP from the DHCP and contact the WDS server

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Through the WDS server the machine will provide the list of available Lite Touch Windows PE boot media’s to select from

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Upon the selection of Lite Touch Windows PE, the machine will start loading the WinPE files over the network

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Loading

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From the Solution Accelerator screen the MDT setup will start

Click on Run the deployment wizard to install a new Operating System

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Enter the admin creds and click OK

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From the task sequence screen select the task sequence you created in your MDT 2013 and click next

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Provide the relevant details accordingly and click next

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Select do not move data option as this is a fresh installation and click next

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Select do not restore user data as this is a fresh installation and click next

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Provide the correct settings according to your region and click Next

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Specify the local admin account password and click next

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Select the necessary option for BitLocker settings and click next

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Review your settings in the ready to begin section and click Begin

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The installation has started

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Windows is loading

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Operating System Deployment is successful. click finish

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Review the settings , computer automatically joined to the domain and the name is also changed

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Most of the questions the Windows Deployment Wizard prompts can be disabled from MDT 2013 by customizing the deployment share rules and editing the Bootstrap.ini files. The above is the default settings.

 

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