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  • Question

  • We need to use out of the box systems with Windows 8 Pro OEM already installed so we do not want to use cloned sysprepped images.  Is there any way to do a deployment from an already-loaded OS?

    Basically take them out of the box, and manually start them up, go through the manufacturer setup screens and rename them.

    The MDT deployment would skip the format, install OS, inject drivers part and have it just automate doing the following tasks:

    join to domain

    install applications

    run windows updates

    add local administrator.

    Can MDT 2012 do this or is there a better way to automate this?

    Friday, March 29, 2013 4:15 AM

Answers

  • While MDT is primarily focused on Capture and Deployment of Images, you can use the Task Sequences steps to accomplish many custom goals, including the scenario you provided.  You would just need to trim out the steps that you don't want to utilize from the default Task Sequence, add any additional config you do want done, and you'll be off and running.

    I'd say that yes, there are other ways, but "better" depends on your requirements.  With MDT being a free and well supported tool, it's definitely worth looking at to meet your stated needs.  : )


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Friday, March 29, 2013 10:40 PM
    Friday, March 29, 2013 5:03 AM
    Answerer
  • Hi,

    You can create a custom task sequence with all the steps you need.

    To launch it from the OS, you can then map a drive to your deployment share and manually launch litetouch.vbs from the "scripts" folder. Be careful not to launch the litetouch.wsf file.

    • Proposed as answer by Stephan Schwarz Friday, March 29, 2013 2:18 PM
    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Friday, March 29, 2013 10:40 PM
    Friday, March 29, 2013 8:12 AM

All replies

  • While MDT is primarily focused on Capture and Deployment of Images, you can use the Task Sequences steps to accomplish many custom goals, including the scenario you provided.  You would just need to trim out the steps that you don't want to utilize from the default Task Sequence, add any additional config you do want done, and you'll be off and running.

    I'd say that yes, there are other ways, but "better" depends on your requirements.  With MDT being a free and well supported tool, it's definitely worth looking at to meet your stated needs.  : )


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Friday, March 29, 2013 10:40 PM
    Friday, March 29, 2013 5:03 AM
    Answerer
  • Hi,

    You can create a custom task sequence with all the steps you need.

    To launch it from the OS, you can then map a drive to your deployment share and manually launch litetouch.vbs from the "scripts" folder. Be careful not to launch the litetouch.wsf file.

    • Proposed as answer by Stephan Schwarz Friday, March 29, 2013 2:18 PM
    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Friday, March 29, 2013 10:40 PM
    Friday, March 29, 2013 8:12 AM