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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Lite Touch Video Walkthrough

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Lite Touch Video Walkthrough

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Are you struggling with setting up MDT Lite Touch? - I have created a  video walkthrough that shows you how to:

  • Add operating systems, applications, drivers and packages to MDT
  • Configure Office 2007 into the build process
  • Create a MDT Lite Touch task sequence 
  • Setup a lab based deployment point
  • Create a customised build to a reference computer
  • Capture the reference computer as a customised WIM
  • Add the customised WIM back into MDT for deployment

View the MDT Lite Touch Video Walkthrough from the Windows Media Servers here!

View the MDT Lite Touch Video Walkthrough from the TechNet Edge Media Servers here !

This post was contributed by Richard Smith a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Services, UK.

  • Hi Richard, I can't download the file I think the link is broken.

  • Hi Richard,

    Not sure if other people are having same problem, but I am unable to download the provided zipped file.  I can download your other two with no problems.



  • Apologies - we are having some issues with the download location so I have updated the post with a different location - please try the download again...Richard

  • Best and most portable deployment demos ever! You do good work.

  • The download link worked for me. I have a somewhat silly question. Has anyone ever tried to use MDT in conjunction with Visual Source Safe? Currently have it set up like that and now I am running into problems. I personally don't want VSS on the server, but my boss is saying otherwise. Has anyone ever tried to use BDD2007 or earlier versions with VSS 2005?

  • Hi Richard,

    I'm having an issue with MDT and a couple commands in CustomSettings.ini



    Whenever I introduce either of these commands, I can get to the summary page with the "begin" button, but it fails soon as I press "begin".

    Nothing happens.  I have to go to C: and delete the MININT folder and try again.

    It deploys with no issues if I pull those commands out.  I want to be able to hide that screen and have it preset when the techs launch the LiteTouch.vbs shortcut.



  • I am not sure whether this is the right place to post my question.

    In order to suit our deployment activities, we have created an additional wizard screen. We need to show an additional property (say SkipCustomWizard) within the database property tab (computer, roles, Location and Make & Model). I have created additional column in the “dbo.settings” table for SkipCustomWizard and refreshed the views too. I can see the new property in the view, but not able to bring into the "details" tab of database properties. Is there a way to do this? Please help.



  • Hi Jibu,

    I would strongly recommend that you do not change the MDT DB. This will cause issues if you ever want to upgrade.

    There is also no way to any custom fields in the deployment workbench.

    Instead I would use the “spare” fields that MDT provides. The fields are SERVERA and SERVERB.

    So simply assign the values to these spare fields and then reference them in the wizard or scripts.



  • Quick and perhaps silly question, but do i need to install WDS in order to use MDT? I've downloaded the 1.1 waik, insatlled the MDT, but the documentation doesnt say if i need to install windows deployment services, or if MDT alone is able to handle pxe booting or boot from wim?

    any ideas?


  • @Jon Solan

    Hi Jon,

    No, WDS is not a requirement to use MDT.  You only need WDS if you plan on PXE-booting the machines to do a network deployment without any existing SMS/ConfigMgr infrastructure.



  • Great video.... thanks...

    Ricardo Gaspar


  • Thanks for the video!! It cleared up many questions and issues. I only wish the video was a little longer and that we drilled down into the customizing task sequences.  

  • Richard Smith vient de publier une vidéo (en anglais) sur le blog des deployment guys presentant un scénario

  • Hi Richard,

    Great video! I was wondering something though.

    I've imported a new operating system (Windows XP SP2) without any modifications in the workbench, then in my lab task sequence > Install > Install Operating System, I changed it to my new OS that I added previously. Then, I right click on my lab deployment point and update. Once the new LiteTouchPE_x86.iso is created, I burn it to CD and boot my build machine with it. The problem is at the first panel, when prompted for network credentials, it can’t find my network because I’m assuming the network card drivers didn’t get added somehow to the new iso. If I revert my task sequence back to the previous OS, update the deployment point, burn the ISO to CD again and boot from it, it works fine.

    Is there something I have to manually modify in the iso to make it usable?


  • I am having problems deploying an XP image using MDT 2008 / WDS.  It is taking hours to copy the Windows Source files across to two clients.

    Can you offer anywhere to look to speed things up?

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