Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Take a deep dive into the world of Windows desktop deployment using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
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Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Jeff Stokes, Manuel Singer

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Take a deep dive into the world of Windows desktop deployment using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782172499
Paperback330 pages

Book Description

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) provides a comprehensive collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployments. It considerably reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images. Moreover, MDT offers improved security and ongoing configuration management. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the official supported method of creating and customizing Windows images for deployment.

Starting from scratch, this book walks you through the MDT setup, task sequence creation, and image deployment steps in detail. Breaking down the various MDT concepts, this book will give you a thorough understanding of the deployment process.

Beginning with imaging concepts and theory, you will go on to build a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit environment. You will understand the intricacies of customizing the default user profile in different versions of Windows. Driver handling can be a challenge for larger organizations; we’ll cover various driver concepts including mandatory driver profiles. ]Other important topics like the User State Migration Tool (USMT), configuration of XML files, and how to troubleshoot the USMT are also discussed in the book.

We will cover the verifier and Windows Performance Toolkit for image validation scenarios. Furthermore, you will learn about MDT web frontend implementation as well as how to utilize the database capabilities of MDT for deeper deployment options. We’ll wrap it all up with some links to resources for more information, blogs to watch, and useful Twitter handles.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Imaging Concepts and Theory
Imaging history
Imaging concepts
Imaging tools
Setup
Summary
Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Environment
Setting up MDT for the first time
Exploring the completed reference share
Updating up the deployment share
Importing an OS
Importing Hyper-V drivers
Importing patches
Adding applications to our reference image
Summary
Chapter 3: Creating Reference Images
Creating a reference image in the management console
Sysprep run supportability
Boot media for the reference task sequence
Summary
Chapter 4: Default User Profile Customization
Customizing the image
Summary
Chapter 5: CustomSettings.ini and Task Sequence
The structure of the CustomSettings.ini file
CustomSettings.ini and the Unattend.xml file
Summary
Chapter 6: Drivers
Understanding offline servicing
The MDT method of driver detection and injection
Populating the Out-of-Box Drivers node of MDT
Utilizing model variable to control what drivers are installed
Drivers as applications
Win PE drivers
Summary
Chapter 7: Image Deployment
Reference image deployment
Virtual machine creation
Deployment
Deployment share
Deployment scenarios and network considerations
Summary
Chapter 8: USMT – The User State Migration Tool
History
Supported scenarios and minimum requirements
What USMT will migrate and won't migrate
Where to download
How USMT works
ScanState and LoadState syntax
UsmtUtils tool
Customization of XML files
Migration options
Best practices
Troubleshooting USMT
GUI wrappers for USMT
Summary
Chapter 9: Troubleshooting Deployment Logs
Delving into Windows logs
Microsoft deployment toolkit logs and task sequencer logs
Common errors and frequent pitfalls
Summary
Chapter 10: Validating the Image
Driver Verifier
Windows Performance Toolkit
Windows Assessment Toolkit
Summary
Chapter 11: Database, UserExit Scripts, and Web Services
MDT Configuration Database step by step
UserExit script
Web services
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Build a production-ready MDT environment
  • Administer the environment for multiple users
  • Customize your reference image with an MDT Task Sequence
  • Create standalone media for offline deployments
  • Customize the default user profile according to the version of Windows
  • Get to grips with some troubleshooting steps and processes to reduce the time for recovery of a failed image
  • Customize and create Windows images for deployment
  • Discover useful tips and tricks to help save time in your deployment projects

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Imaging Concepts and Theory
Imaging history
Imaging concepts
Imaging tools
Setup
Summary
Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Environment
Setting up MDT for the first time
Exploring the completed reference share
Updating up the deployment share
Importing an OS
Importing Hyper-V drivers
Importing patches
Adding applications to our reference image
Summary
Chapter 3: Creating Reference Images
Creating a reference image in the management console
Sysprep run supportability
Boot media for the reference task sequence
Summary
Chapter 4: Default User Profile Customization
Customizing the image
Summary
Chapter 5: CustomSettings.ini and Task Sequence
The structure of the CustomSettings.ini file
CustomSettings.ini and the Unattend.xml file
Summary
Chapter 6: Drivers
Understanding offline servicing
The MDT method of driver detection and injection
Populating the Out-of-Box Drivers node of MDT
Utilizing model variable to control what drivers are installed
Drivers as applications
Win PE drivers
Summary
Chapter 7: Image Deployment
Reference image deployment
Virtual machine creation
Deployment
Deployment share
Deployment scenarios and network considerations
Summary
Chapter 8: USMT – The User State Migration Tool
History
Supported scenarios and minimum requirements
What USMT will migrate and won't migrate
Where to download
How USMT works
ScanState and LoadState syntax
UsmtUtils tool
Customization of XML files
Migration options
Best practices
Troubleshooting USMT
GUI wrappers for USMT
Summary
Chapter 9: Troubleshooting Deployment Logs
Delving into Windows logs
Microsoft deployment toolkit logs and task sequencer logs
Common errors and frequent pitfalls
Summary
Chapter 10: Validating the Image
Driver Verifier
Windows Performance Toolkit
Windows Assessment Toolkit
Summary
Chapter 11: Database, UserExit Scripts, and Web Services
MDT Configuration Database step by step
UserExit script
Web services
Summary

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Paperback330 pages
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