Hey there Mike Hildebrand here with Part Two of this MDT series. To catch up, go here and read Part One and then come back …
Picking up where we left off, we had MDT setup and running and we'd captured an image of a reference server system.
In Part Two, we'll create a Task Sequence with some custom elements and use it to deploy the reference image we created in Part One onto a physical and a virtual machine.
Let's get crackin…
Create a Deployment Task Sequence
Open the MDT Workbench UI and right-click "Task Sequences" and choose "New Task Sequence" to launch the Wizard:
Customize the New Deployment Task Sequence
We now have a Task Sequence but we need to add some additional Task Sequence "Actions" to meet our needs.
I'm going to use the 'Apply Network Settings' Action to specify a particular IP address for a DNS server, but use DHCP to get the IP address for the machine:
8. Leave the setting to 'Obtain an IP address automatically' selected
9. Select the DNS tab
11. Click the OS Info tab
12. Click 'Edit Unattend.xml'
13. Eventually, the "Windows System Image Editor" dialog box will open the Unattend.XML file associated with this Task Sequence.
14. Expand/drill-down in the Answer File section (middle pane of the UI) until you get to '4 specialize'
15. Drill-down into that as shown in the screenshot to get to the 'copyProfile' setting and set it to "true"
Deploy the Image via the Customized Deployment Task Sequence
Burn the bootable "LiteTouchPE" ISO image for the appropriate architecture to a USB stick for a physical deployment or simply mount the ISO in a VM for a virtual deployment
For this first deployment example, I deployed to a virtual machine (booted via the mounted ISO file).
Finally (hopefully?), you'll end up here, logged in and with a "Success" dialog box.
Click Finish to close the box and review your deployment:
Start screen layout? Check!
Note - you can only deploy a pre-defined customized Start screen on certain versions of Windows:
Addendum – "What if I want to enter static IP settings on a given build?"
Well, the MDT folks have you covered here, too. This ain't their first build rodeo J
For this second deployment example, I deployed to a physical machine booted from the LiteTouch ISO burned to USB media.
Well folks, there you have it. MDT 2013 via a fairly simple, yet realistic "customized" Server OS deployment process. I hope you find MDT as amazing as I did - and I only scratched the surface.
If you haven't explored this tool yet but are curious, I hope the MDT posts on our blog get you going - you can do some great things without too much over-head or ramp-up time.
Kudos to the folks who work on the MDT (or BDD as it was once called) now and over the years! Here's a blog you should check out by folks who live and breathe deployment: http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/
Super-thanks to Heath L., Charity, Kyle and Joao for their help in nailing down some of the technical details for this series, as well as my enterprising buddy, "Half-marathon" Crawford.