This is the second part of Microsoft deployment toolkit article to deploy Windows 10 using MDT. To simply understand the tasks in this article, you need to read the first part “How to Install ADK and MDT in Windows Server 2016?“. Also as a network admin, you should already know about Microsoft Deployment toolkits and Windows deployment. So I assume you have read the first part of deploy Windows 10 using MDT which talk about installing ADK and MDT in Windows Server 2016.
For this Windows deployment lab, I’m using Hyper-v, Windows Server 2016, and Windows 10 to deploy Windows 10 using MDT. The MDT is installed on Windows Server beside Active directory and DHCP Server. You can install MDT separately on a Windows client or Server.
Step 1. Create a New MDT Deployment Share
I know you are ready after reading and doing the tasks of the first part, and now continue the step by step guide to MDT. When you are ready to deploy Windows 10 using MDT in a testing lab or production environment, you will first create a new MDT deployment share. Let’s do it step by step.
- Open the Deployment Workbench from Microsoft deployment toolkit in Windows server 2016 start menu. Then right-click Deployment Share and click New Deployment share.
2. Select the deployment share path, where you want to keep operating system files, applications, drivers and scripts then click Next.
Don’t store the MDT deployment share files in system drive in a production environment.
3. For the Share, page specifies a short and meaningful share name to access it easily and quickly through the network then click Next. I have named DepShare. The complete UNC path is \\DC16\Depshare$.
4. On the Descriptive Name page, leave the default MDT Deployment Share or rename it to whatever you want and click Next.
5. On the Options page, select the customize-able options when performing deployment and click Next.
6. Read the Summary page and click Next to create the new deployment share.
7. Finally, the progress should be done without errors. Otherwise, you need to troubleshoot the errors. Click Finish on the Confirmation page to close the page.
The New Deployment share has been created successfully. Now try to add Windows images to deploy Windows 10 using MDT.
Step 2. Import Operating System to MDT
the second step is importing operating system to MDT. Put Windows 10 disc to DVD Rom or mount the Windows 10 Image within Hyper-v virtual machine.
- Open MDT Deployment Workbench and expend MDT Deployment Share. Now right click on Operating system and create a New Folder. Specify a name and click Next then click Finish to create the new Windows 10 folder.
2. Now right click the Windows 10 folder and click Import Operating System.
3. Select a Full set of sources files on OS Type page and click Next. You can select a customized Windows image or connect to Windows Deployment Services images also.
4. Select the DVD drive and click Next. You can select Windows files from a folder and easily move it with selecting the Move option. So anyway…
5. On the Destination page, type a name for the directory where MDT create it for Windows files. When you specified a name click Next.
6. On the Summary page read the details and click Next. It will take a few minutes to import the Windows 10 files to Operating System folder of MDT.
7. On the Confirmation page, the Windows 10 should be imported without any errors. If you have faced with any error try to troubleshoot it by searching google or comment us the error titles.
Click Finish to close the page and go to step 3, add some application to MDT.
Step 3. Deploy Applications using MDT
When you configure your MDT deployment share, you will also add any applications to the new deployment share before creating your task sequence. This section walks you through the process of adding an application to the MDT deployment share using Microsoft Office 2013.
- On the Deployment Workbench, Deployment Share, right-click Applications and create a New Folder for Microsoft Office 2013.
2. On the Applications Type page, select Application with source files then click Next. Before doing this task you should put the Microsoft Office 2013 to DVD Rom or insert it to Hyper-v virtual machine.
3. Write the application details and click Next. Try to fill out the application form with correct software information.
4. Specify the source directory of the application and click Next. The drive D: is the DVD drive of Office 2013.
5. On the application Destination page click Next. Leave it with default name or changed it with a related name to the application.
6. On the Command Details page, just type the exact setup name of application setup file with executable extension and click Next.
7. On the application Summary page, read the details and click Next to import it.
8. The importing process should be done successfully with any error. If it issues an error? Try different software or fix the problems.
Finally, click Finish to close the page. Now the office has been imported and Windows 10 is also. So the next step will be creating Task sequences.
Step 4. Create a New Task Sequence in MDT
In this section, we will explain to you how to create the task sequence used to deploy Windows 10 using MDT.
- So right click the Task Sequence and click New Task Sequence. It is better to create a folder for your task sequences.
2. On the General Settings page type the task sequence id, task sequence name and comments then click Next.
3. Select the Standard Client Task Sequence from Template page and click Next.
4. On the Select OS, page select the Windows 10 image and click Next. This is the Windows 10 image which previously we had imported from Operating System.
5. Select Do not specify a product key at this time on Specify Product Key page if you don’t have a product key then click Next.
6. Type to OS settings like name, organization and internet explorer default homepage URL and click Next.
7. Enter the admin password on the Admin Password page and click Next. This password will be used as administrator user account password. You can set the blank password by selecting Do not specify an Administrator password at this time option. But for security reason, you should set a password for local admin.
8. On the Summary page, read the details and click Next to complete the task sequence. Finally, click Finish on the Confirmation page to close the window.
Now everything is done and it is ready to create PE image by updating the deployment share.
Step 5. Update Deployment Share to Create Boot-able PE image
The final steps before deploying Windows 10 using MDT is to update the Deployment Share. This section is going to create Boot-able PE media to boot the client systems in order to deploy Windows 10 using MDT.
- So, on the Deployment Workbench right click MDT Deployment Share and click Update Deployment Share.
2. On the Options, page select Optimize the boot image updating process and click Next.
2. On the Summary page click Next to apply the update to MDT deployment share. It will take a few minutes because it will create PE image and prepare the MDT for Windows deployment.
3. Finally, the Update Deployment Share will be accomplished successfully. Click Finish to close the update deployment share page.
Good news, till now everything is going on perfectly and I’m very happy with creating and sharing this long step by step article with you. So hope you would find it helpful.
4. Go to Boot folder in Deployment share directory on E: drive and copy or move the Lite Touch PE to a network location or somewhere else.
Later we will use the Lite Touch image to boot the new computer and deploy Windows 10 using MDT with the help of this PE image.
Step 6. How to Deploy Windows 10 Using MDT?
Now the deployment server is ready to deploy Windows 10 using MDT and deploy applications. Try to boot a new system where you want to install the new operating system.
Here I’m going to test on a new virtual machine by creating a new virtual machine in Hyper-v. So you can do both hyper-v or a physical machine.
- Boot the new system with Lite Touch PE image. You can boot the physical computer with USB Boot-able or boot through Network.
2. On the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Wizard page click Run the Deployment Wizard to install ad new Operating System.
2. Specify the network address of MDT Deployment Shared folder and click Next then type user, password and domain name.
Remember; the user you enter must have full shared permission and modify NTFS permission to MDT deployment share folder on drive E. Otherwise it will not work.
3. Select the Windows 10 on Task Sequence page and click Next to execute to your new computer.
4. Type the computer details such as name and join to a domain if you want to join it. In this section, if you select Join to Workgroup, you will be able to capture an image also. But it’s not related to Windows 10 deployment using MDT. So we will discuss creating a reference computer and capture image in a separate topic.
5. On the Move Data and Settings page, select Do not move user data and settings and click Next to continue.
6. Select Do not restore user data and settings on User Data Restore page and click Next.
7. Enter the Windows product key or select No product key is required and click Next.
8. Select Windows local and time and click Next. Select the correct time zone and language.
9. On the Application, page select the applications you want to deploy on this machine at this time and go to the Next page.
10. Enter the local Administrator password twice and go to Next page.
11. Check everything should be ready to begin on the Ready page and click Begin to start deploying Windows 10 using with MDT.
It will deploy and take too much time. Go to do your other jobs at this time and come back when the deployment task is finished.
12. After finishing deploying Windows, the system will restart and ask to you deploy software. In this section simply accept the terms and agreement of Office 2013 and click continue then click Install Now to begin the installation.
13. When the Office 2013 installation has finished close all pages and once restart your computer to see the result.
It’s good to deploy Windows 10 using MDT in order to create the master image and then deploy it to other machines. Directly deploying with this method is a time-consuming process and is not a good practice for Windows and Application Deployment.
The MDT is a perfect toolkit to deploy software and operating system or creating a master image from a reference computer. To get more from MDT for lite touch level, you must combine MDT with WDS to create a flexible Deployment environment and using consistently in your network.
I hope it will help you to create your own deployment lab for your production environment with Windows Deployment Toolkit and can simply deploy Windows 10 using MDT or Windows Deployment Services. If you have any question, feel free to ask your question about Windows and Application Deployment.
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