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.

 

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

This article will be divided into 4 parts, namely;

1) Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

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

3) Importing an OS image, creating task sequences in MDT 2013 and configuring WDS for deployment 

4) Deploying the image using WDS to the target computers

Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Deployment Services (WDS) – Part 1

Before installing WDS and configuring it, we would need the following infrastructure in place.

1) Install and Update the Windows Server 2012 R2

2) Have a AD DS and DNS Server – (for this lab I we will have the AD, DNS, DHCP, WDS and MDT 2013) installed on the same server

3) A fully working DHCP server with an active scope

4) Install .NET Framework 3.0 in the server where you will be installing WDS

Lets start Installing Windows Deployment Services

Open Server Manager and Click on Add Roles and Features

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Click Next in the Before you Begin window

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Click on the Role-based or feature based installation and Next in the Select Installation type Window

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Click on the correct server and click next

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In the Select server roles section, check the Windows Deployment Services check box and click next

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Click Add Features in the pop-up

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Click Next

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Click Next in the select Features window

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Click next in the WDS window

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Make sure both the role services are selected

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Confirm the installation selections and click install

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Installation Progress

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Installation Successfully done

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Configuring Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

Open Server Manager => Click on Tools => Select Windows Deployment Services

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WDS MMC snap-in opens

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Expand the servers and right click the server name and select configure server

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Click Next on the Before you begin window

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Since we have an Active Directory in place, select Integrated with Active Directory and click next

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Browse the folder location where the boot images, install images, PXE boot files, etc. will be stored (Preferably in a different hard drive than the system drive) and click Next

In our scenario it will be E:\RemoteInstall

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in the Proxy DHCP Server Window select both the option and click next

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In the PXE Server Initial Settings window select respond to all client computers (Known and Unknown) and select the check box below

click next

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Task progress will begin

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You may receive a message saying “the service did not respond….”

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Expand the server and right click on the server, Select All task and click start

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Service will start

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Service successfully started

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The fully working  WDS MMS

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Now we have successfully installed and configured the Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2012 R2. 

 

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