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  • Question

  • Experts,

    We are planning to Deploy/Capture Windows Operating System using MDT.

    I need to understand the prerequisties & Can we deploy/capture Operating system without WDS.

     

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:57 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    Towards the prerequisites of the WDS/MDT, you could refer to the link below:

     

    Title: Windows Deployment Services Getting Started Guide

    URL: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670(WS.10).aspx

     

    Title: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    URL: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd407791

     

    Towards the deployment of the MDT, there is a link about deploying OS by using WDS, MDT and AIK step-by-step video for your reference:

     

    Title: Deploy Windows 7 the Easy Way: Using WDS, MDT and AIK - Step-By-Step Video

    URL: http://blogs.technet.com/b/danstolts/archive/2010/03/11/deploy-windows-7-the-easy-way-using-wds-mdt-and-aik-step-by-step-video.aspx

     

    WDS and MDT are integrated with each other. For more detailed information about the MDT, you could visit the MDT team blog to get the latest update and features:

     

    Title: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog

    URL: http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/

     

    Regards,

    James

    James Xiong

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Monday, January 23, 2012 10:54 AM
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:20 AM
  • Yes you can boot from usb http://www.cluberti.com/blog/2009/08/10/mdt-2010-and-deployment-from-a-usb-key/ or from a CD-ROM.
    Bechir Gharbi | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/community/members/bgharbi/ | Time zone : GMT+1
    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Monday, January 23, 2012 10:54 AM
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 5:09 PM
  • Yes you can deploy images using mdt without wds.  The only thing that wds is used for in the MDT process is to PXE boot your boot image.  In order to make a bootable usb image there are a few steps you must do to make the usb flash drive bootable.

    (Assuming that you already have made your litetouch boot iso using the deployment work bench)

    Make a liteouch bootable usb drive

    1)  open up a command prompt  with an account that has administrator privileges

    2)  Run the command diskpart to start the disk formatting utility.

    3)  Inside diskpart use the command list disk to show all available storage media.

    4)  Use the command select disk <number for usb drive> (this information was listed in the previous step).

    5)  Run the clean command to wipe any data from the device.

    6)  Run the command create partition primary to create a new primary partition on the drive.

    7)  Run the command select partition 1

    8)  Use the command  Active on the newly created partition.

    9)  Format the partition using the command Format fs=ntfs/fat 32 quick. (you can pick between ntfs or fat 32)

    10) Use the command Assign to give the disk a drive letter.

    11) Type  Exit to quit the diskpart utility.

    12) Keep the command window open and place your windows 7 installation media into a dvd drive (or you can mount an .iso file).

    13) Switch to the drive letter of your installation media. (Example D:)

    14) Type cd \boot

    15) Run the command Bootsect.exe /nt60 <letter of your usb drive> : This command will make the drive bootable.

    16) Using winRAR or 7-zip, unpack the contents of your litetouch .iso you created with mdt and copy it to your usb drive.

     

     

     

     


    • Edited by maxpower681 Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:52 PM typo
    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Monday, January 23, 2012 10:54 AM
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:51 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    Towards the prerequisites of the WDS/MDT, you could refer to the link below:

     

    Title: Windows Deployment Services Getting Started Guide

    URL: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670(WS.10).aspx

     

    Title: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    URL: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd407791

     

    Towards the deployment of the MDT, there is a link about deploying OS by using WDS, MDT and AIK step-by-step video for your reference:

     

    Title: Deploy Windows 7 the Easy Way: Using WDS, MDT and AIK - Step-By-Step Video

    URL: http://blogs.technet.com/b/danstolts/archive/2010/03/11/deploy-windows-7-the-easy-way-using-wds-mdt-and-aik-step-by-step-video.aspx

     

    WDS and MDT are integrated with each other. For more detailed information about the MDT, you could visit the MDT team blog to get the latest update and features:

     

    Title: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog

    URL: http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/

     

    Regards,

    James

    James Xiong

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Monday, January 23, 2012 10:54 AM
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:20 AM
  • Thanks James, this information is useful for me.

    Can you help on the below querys is very much appreciated.

    Is there any way to boot reference machine using LiteTouchPE_x64.iso with help of USB Stick. Normally we have added the Boot images LiteTouchPE_x64.wim file to WDS and then Reference machine boot from this.

    In my scenario, there is no WDS Server, So i looking for some other options.

    Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:58 PM
  • Yes you can boot from usb http://www.cluberti.com/blog/2009/08/10/mdt-2010-and-deployment-from-a-usb-key/ or from a CD-ROM.
    Bechir Gharbi | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/community/members/bgharbi/ | Time zone : GMT+1
    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Monday, January 23, 2012 10:54 AM
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 5:09 PM
  • Yes you can deploy images using mdt without wds.  The only thing that wds is used for in the MDT process is to PXE boot your boot image.  In order to make a bootable usb image there are a few steps you must do to make the usb flash drive bootable.

    (Assuming that you already have made your litetouch boot iso using the deployment work bench)

    Make a liteouch bootable usb drive

    1)  open up a command prompt  with an account that has administrator privileges

    2)  Run the command diskpart to start the disk formatting utility.

    3)  Inside diskpart use the command list disk to show all available storage media.

    4)  Use the command select disk <number for usb drive> (this information was listed in the previous step).

    5)  Run the clean command to wipe any data from the device.

    6)  Run the command create partition primary to create a new primary partition on the drive.

    7)  Run the command select partition 1

    8)  Use the command  Active on the newly created partition.

    9)  Format the partition using the command Format fs=ntfs/fat 32 quick. (you can pick between ntfs or fat 32)

    10) Use the command Assign to give the disk a drive letter.

    11) Type  Exit to quit the diskpart utility.

    12) Keep the command window open and place your windows 7 installation media into a dvd drive (or you can mount an .iso file).

    13) Switch to the drive letter of your installation media. (Example D:)

    14) Type cd \boot

    15) Run the command Bootsect.exe /nt60 <letter of your usb drive> : This command will make the drive bootable.

    16) Using winRAR or 7-zip, unpack the contents of your litetouch .iso you created with mdt and copy it to your usb drive.

     

     

     

     


    • Edited by maxpower681 Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:52 PM typo
    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Monday, January 23, 2012 10:54 AM
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:51 PM