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Portable Offline Deployment Of Windows 7? RRS feed

  • Question

  • In our office, we use MDT 2010 the normal way with a server hosting a MDT deployment share plus a WDS server for PXE boot and a KMS server to activate Windows and it works OK.

    However, now we have a need for a remote tech to travel to small offices and reimage systems.  The systems will have all the same apps so we will bake the apps into the images.  The only differences will be drivers for different model PCs so it must be able to inject the correct drivers into the systems as needed.

    We would like him to simply take a 32 or 64GB USB stick with the images and have the deployment all work offline from the USB key without need to connect to a remote share for anything.

    Once the system is imaged, then they will connect it to the local network for Windows MAK activation, Windows Updates and antivirus updates.  Most of these PC will be installed into workgroups, but a few may be joined to a domain.

    What is the best way to do this without the remote tech carrying around any equipment other than a USB stick or a small, portable external hard drive?

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:04 AM

Answers

  • Create a new .iso image under the Media in the tree, set necessary folders - you need to set customsettings.ini under media properties too - and write the image to USB drive.
    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Friday, April 18, 2014 2:26 AM
    Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:09 AM
  • You could create create a new deployment share

    You could create a specific task sequence for your USB media, you can then add the KMS key in the unattend.xml file for the particular image you will deploy.

    Or add custom task sequence steps to run slgmr.vbs /ipk and /ato

    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Friday, April 18, 2014 2:26 AM
    Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:42 PM

All replies

  • Create a new .iso image under the Media in the tree, set necessary folders - you need to set customsettings.ini under media properties too - and write the image to USB drive.
    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Friday, April 18, 2014 2:26 AM
    Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:09 AM
  • I think cretaing cutom media is the way to go (advanced configuration - media). Keep in mind you will have to do teh PE and customsettings customisations again per medium.

    You can use the ISO to create a bootable usb medium in the same way you would build a bootable usb driver from Windows install media.

    Note that the KMS license will not activate if it cannot reach a KMS server. Consider using a MAK key if these users will not be visiting you offices.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:14 AM
  • I understand the need for using a MAK key instead of KMS since KMS will not be available remotely, but which WinPE and customsettings.ini changes have to be changed manually after making the media?

    Also, can the MAK be left blank so it can be entered manually at the site?

    How can we change the KMS to MAK only for the portable media so the change does not also change our regular online deployment KMS settings?

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:25 PM
  • You could create create a new deployment share

    You could create a specific task sequence for your USB media, you can then add the KMS key in the unattend.xml file for the particular image you will deploy.

    Or add custom task sequence steps to run slgmr.vbs /ipk and /ato

    • Marked as answer by MyGposts Friday, April 18, 2014 2:26 AM
    Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:42 PM