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  • Hi all,

    We are looking for a solution which will make it possible to use MDT from a single site to deploy Windows 7 or Windows 8 and join different domains of different customers without trust relationships between domains.

    We are a service provider which supports different customers with separate domains. At this moment those different customers have their own WDS server on site and administration is time consuming because a lot of hardware changes occur.
    We are now searching for a solution which is easier to manage and one of the solutions we are thinking about is to install a WDS server in our office and use MDT for some custom task sequences but just build one image with all the different driver packs we have.

    Does anyone know how to deal with this from our point of view. All tooling I can find is based on Enterprise clients with one Domain Forest and maybe some different sites but all in one domain, which makes deployment a bit easier then in our situation I guess as we are looking for a solution that supports Multi-domain deployment.
    Hope someone might experienced this before and can help us in the right direction. If someone has experience with additional tooling which might help us I am more then interested to know how the tooling helped in solving this.

    Preferrably we had a tool which was Multi-tenant and multiple domains could be managed from a single console, but I think that tool just doesn't exist.

    Hope someone is able to help us in the right direction. Please let me know if you have any tips or did experience the same while making a Deployment plan for the service provider you are working for.

    Many thanks in advance!

    Friday, March 7, 2014 2:14 PM

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  • Hi all,

    We are looking for a solution which will make it possible to use MDT from a single site to deploy Windows 7 or Windows 8 and join different domains of different customers without trust relationships between domains.

    We are a service provider which supports different customers with separate domains. At this moment those different customers have their own WDS server on site and administration is time consuming because a lot of hardware changes occur.
    We are now searching for a solution which is easier to manage and one of the solutions we are thinking about is to install a WDS server in our office and use MDT for some custom task sequences but just build one image with all the different driver packs we have.

    Does anyone know how to deal with this from our point of view. All tooling I can find is based on Enterprise clients with one Domain Forest and maybe some different sites but all in one domain, which makes deployment a bit easier then in our situation I guess as we are looking for a solution that supports Multi-domain deployment.
    Hope someone might experienced this before and can help us in the right direction. If someone has experience with additional tooling which might help us I am more then interested to know how the tooling helped in solving this.

    Preferrably we had a tool which was Multi-tenant and multiple domains could be managed from a single console, but I think that tool just doesn't exist.

    Hope someone is able to help us in the right direction. Please let me know if you have any tips or did experience the same while making a Deployment plan for the service provider you are working for.

    Many thanks in advance!

    So is the goal is not only to get multiple domains to select from, if so you could use a DomainOUList.xml file .

    Also would the clients be imaged at your site or your clients site?


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    Friday, March 7, 2014 2:36 PM
  • Hi, thanks for your response...

    The goal is to select from multiple domains indeed.. another  goal would be that clients will be imaged on our site but also on other sites if possible. I am only not sure if that's possible.
    Can we specify a depository (network share) which will contain the image files for example so that we create the image on our site and distribute it to repositories on client sites?
    Third goal is to have a client imaged by DVD without being on the network to join a domain and join it by setting up a VPN connection or something.

    Used Cases:
    1. New client being sent to our site which needs to be imaged and installed for a customer on another site. Normally we would image the client on the customers site, but would be better to image it on our site.
    2. Client issue which needs re-image. This should be possible on customers site with or without domain access as we are supporting a lot of teleworkers as well.

    Maybe we are looking for a solution that doesn't exist, but hope with some good tips and tricks we can get close to the perfect solution for us.

    Thanks again!

    Cheers.

    Sunday, March 9, 2014 5:29 PM
  • It sounds like all you need is MDT. WDS can be an advantage when you require multicast for larger deployments but MDT can handle the rest.

    Within customsettings.ini you can specify multiple domains to choose from (DomainOUs1=OU=computers, OU=Site1, ... DomainOUs2=OU=computers, OU=Site2, ...).

    Deployment Shares can be setup at your site and replicated to customer sites to provide the same functionality onsite. In this case default gateway rules can be configured to automatically determine and select the appropriate domain and deployment share to connect to. For remote installations, media can be built within MDT providing the same or a subset (selection profile) of the deployment share to be used with DVD or USB.

    For deployments that will not have connectivity to the join the domain, if they will be using removable media the domain join can be removed and local accounts configured for use until a domain join is completed.

    • Proposed as answer by Ray Bury Sunday, March 16, 2014 1:24 PM
    Friday, March 14, 2014 12:02 AM
  • "Third goal is to have a client imaged by DVD without being on the network to join a domain and join it by setting up a VPN connection or something."

    You might wan't to check this link out. You can perform an offline domain join.

    http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2012/06/25/offline-domain-join-with-mdt/

    • Proposed as answer by Ray Bury Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:04 PM
    Sunday, March 16, 2014 6:46 PM