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Are there any examples of using MDT without a Windows Server? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Are there any examples of using MDT without a Windows Server and without Active Directory?

    I administer a small network of about 20 users and I want to be able to deploy an image of Windows 10 and our standard applications whenever we refresh(or reset) a PC for a new user.

    ashwin

    Friday, August 25, 2017 2:08 PM

Answers

  • I used to run MDT on a regular desktop running Windows 7 years ago. It'll work just fine. You lose some nice features that Server brings to the table, but for a small network you'll be fine.

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    Friday, August 25, 2017 6:05 PM
  • Windows Server and/or Active Directory are not requirements or prerequisites for leveraging MDT.

    If you have hardware to spare, you could setup a 'dedicated' MDT machine for creating images (build & capture) or just OSDs. 

    If hardware is hard to come by, you could set it up on shared machine or spin up a VM on a laptop/desktop provided your hardware supports virtualization.

    For years, one of our remote offices ran MDT on a Windows 7 machine like Dan_Vega.  I currently run it on a Windows 10 Hyper-V VM and it suits my needs perfectly.


    Friday, August 25, 2017 6:48 PM
  • Since a large portion of MDT is not AD dependant you should be able to use MDT to deploy OS images / install applications without any issues. In fact I did so successfully in the past.

    Blog - http://www.vacuumbreather.com / http://www.wcsaga.com

    Friday, August 25, 2017 3:07 PM

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  • Since a large portion of MDT is not AD dependant you should be able to use MDT to deploy OS images / install applications without any issues. In fact I did so successfully in the past.

    Blog - http://www.vacuumbreather.com / http://www.wcsaga.com

    Friday, August 25, 2017 3:07 PM
  • I used to run MDT on a regular desktop running Windows 7 years ago. It'll work just fine. You lose some nice features that Server brings to the table, but for a small network you'll be fine.

    If this post is helpful please vote it as Helpful or click Mark for answer.

    Friday, August 25, 2017 6:05 PM
  • Windows Server and/or Active Directory are not requirements or prerequisites for leveraging MDT.

    If you have hardware to spare, you could setup a 'dedicated' MDT machine for creating images (build & capture) or just OSDs. 

    If hardware is hard to come by, you could set it up on shared machine or spin up a VM on a laptop/desktop provided your hardware supports virtualization.

    For years, one of our remote offices ran MDT on a Windows 7 machine like Dan_Vega.  I currently run it on a Windows 10 Hyper-V VM and it suits my needs perfectly.


    Friday, August 25, 2017 6:48 PM
  • You could give a try...

    A nice tool from @Damien Van Robaeys

    http://www.systanddeploy.com/2016/10/powershell-tool-mdt-light-version.html

    Sunday, September 3, 2017 1:36 PM