Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 1: Using MDT to Prepare, Install and Capture customized Windows 7 Images – Part III

IMPORTANT: Updated versions from this series using Windows 7 + Microsoft Office 2010 in automated deployment with MDT 2010 can be found here: Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part I Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part II Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part III   This is going to be the last part (at least for now) for this step-by-step guide for customizing and deploying Windows 7 images with MDT 2010. On the previous posts we’ve learned how to run the firsts configurations on MDT, adding operating system files and creating a task sequence for the reference image (Part I); and also adding Office 2007 to the reference image and making it a silent installation (Part II). The third post it’s going to be just to deploy the reference and customized image, and then capture it into a .wim file, that we can later deploy using MDT or add it to Windows Deployment Services (WDS). Deploying Reference Image Since we already have our boot environments, ISO and WIM files; and that we have the Windows Deployment Services role installed, I’ll start using it: I’m going to add the LTI boot image to WDS that will let me create and capture the reference image. Note: You can also use the ISO file too boot from a CD […]

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 1: Using MDT to Prepare, Install and Capture customized Windows 7 Images – Part II

IMPORTANT: Updated versions from this series using Windows 7 + Microsoft Office 2010 in automated deployment with MDT 2010 can be found here: Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part I Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part II Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part III On the first post of this series, we’ve managed to install MDT 2010 and its requirements, prepare distribution share and task sequence, add Windows 7 image to use it as reference and create the deployment point. We are now going to add Office 2007 as an application to be deployed included in the OS image and complete the environment to generate the reference image. The process of adding an application like Office 2007 it is quite simple, the only trick is to get the application to install silently (or unattended) without requiring for user intervention , we’ll see how that works. Adding Applications to MDT 2010: Office 2007 We’ll add the application using also a simple wizard, but the interesting part comes when you get the chance to modify default settings on the Office 2007 package: 1. “Deployment Workbench” > “Distribution Share” > “Applications” > “New”. 2. Select “Application with source files”. 3. Complete the data about the application. 4. Select the “Source Directory”. Since I have it on the hard drive, […]

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 1: Using MDT to Prepare, Install and Capture customized Windows 7 Images – Part I

IMPORTANT: Updated versions from this series using Windows 7 + Microsoft Office 2010 in automated deployment with MDT 2010 can be found here: Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part I Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part II Deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 – Part III Microsoft Deployment Toolkit team released the first beta of their next version: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 1 (you can access to the Beta program from Microsoft Connect and download the build). This new version includes several improvements, but perhaps the most important ones are related to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 compatibility. Some of the New Features Support for deploying: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hard Link Migrations using USMT 4 (User Migration Toolkit). Integration with new Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) 2.0 toolset such as BCDBOOT and Windows PE 3.0. DISM tool (Dism.exe) included with WAIK 2.0 replace three other tools on previous version: Pkgmgr.exe (Package Manager), Intlcfg.exe (Internal Settings Configuration Tool) and PEimg.exe (WindowsPE Command Line tool ). If you are planning to implement Windows 7 on your environment (check this link about the review I made about Windows 7 functionality) or you want to start to get to know Microsoft Deployment Toolkit in this new version; I’ve prepared this step-by-step guides that will cover […]

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Experiencing Lenovo W500 with Windows 7

  Also check the updated post using Windows 7 RC: Experiencing Lenovo W500 with Windows 7 (RC) – Part II   Well finally my wait was over on the last week, I could finally get my self a fresh new laptop with all the horse power that I was wanting for :) This new toy of mine is the Lenovo ThinkPad W500. This fine solid piece of machine it’s not actually a brand new model (around 6 moths older now on their firsts models). My own model (4063-33Y) fits perfectly on most of power users looking for a nice laptop with a better performance. A few highlights of this notebook (full hardware review at this CNET link): Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.53 GHz) VPro Technology 4GB RAM DDR3 160GB 7200rpm HD 15.4in 1680×1050 LCD ATI™ Mobility FireGL™ V5700 512MB Before I even received this notebook I knew that Windows 7 was going to be the first operating system to be installed. So, I want to tell you about my experience so far working with Windows 7 inside this laptop. Installation No problems here, the installation process executed without any problem. The version selected was the 64 bits. Note: This is a cool link about why to use Windows 7 with a 64bits architecture. Drivers After the Windows 7 installation, almost every “important” device was automatically configured: Video, wireless, Ethernet card and audio. But if you check the Device Manager, you’ll […]

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Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) released for Windows 7

Well, with the Windows 7 Beta 1 released to the public recently, you now have one less excuse to try on Windows 7. You can now completely have full management of your servers using Remote Server Administration Tools. The RSAT suite is now available for Windows 7 and you can download it from here. Remember to install and start using these tools, you must use the same procedure as in Windows Vista: Install the downloaded package. Access “Turn Windows Features on or off “.  Scroll down Remote Server Administration Tools.  Select the tools you would like to add Windows 7 and click OK. RSAT installed on Windows 7 Enjoy! Cheers

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