How to Multicast Windows 10 Deployment Task Sequence? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Besides just checking a box to enable multicast, what are the other requirements to enable and optimize deploying Windows 10 to new PCs with multicast?

    I tried multicast with MDT last year and it was much, much slower to deploy the OS with multicast enabled than to deploy multiple workstations over the default unicast.  I don't know what the issue was, so we gave up on it.

    Now we want to deploy 50-200 PCs at a time and unicast isn't going to work.

    Friday, March 15, 2019 6:37 PM

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  • You could do something like ZTI (Zero touch interface) with the SQL DB etc and have a query which could set up multiple PCs for mass deployment.

    Multicast of course will allow you to deploy multiple whilst sharing the current bandwidth, with it being much slower I would say it would depend on the type of task sequence you have and also whether you are using a thick or thin image.

    If you want to optimize your deployment maybe using a thin image task sequence could be better for you, as a thick image being deployed to multiple machines sharing the same bandwidth could put everything at a standstill

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    Monday, March 18, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Deploying lots of computers at the same time with a thick image is the entire point of us using multicast since multicast only applies to copying the wim file during MDT deployment. 

    If you use a thin image and have lots of separate task sequences installing large applications, you lose lots of the benefits of multicast.

    Monday, March 18, 2019 11:23 PM