Windows 10 Deployment – Using WDS & MDT

Deploying Windows 10 can be fiddly if you are using Windows Deployment Services, so lets use MDT to make it a LOT easier…

Read my previous guide on how to install and configure WDS:

Install and configure Windows Deployment Services

Pre-requisites:

  • A VM Server with Windows Server 2012 R2
  • WDS installed on that server
  • Some decent disk space available for Deployment shares and Images

Install the following:

Windows ADK

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/windows-assessment-deployment-kit 

MDT update 2:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50407

These will take a while to install but it’s bet to sort them out before we start and it’s over and done with.

Once you have installed both the files above load up your Deployment Workbench:

 

 

 

 

 

Then once open, right click Deployment Shares and select ”New Deployment Share”

 

 

 

 

Then once Selected, choose a suitable disk with sufficient space, I’m going to change mine to E:\DeploymentShare as I have more storage on that disk:

 

 

 

 

Share I am going to leave default and click next

Create your Descriptive Name – I am going to leave mine as MDT Deployment Share

Then configure the options you desire:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will remove Bit Locker and backup and add Ask to set the local Administrator password.

Then hit Next and it will take a minute or so to process that.

 

Then hit finish.

You will need to update the MDT Share so that it can generate all the .wim boot files and other files we may need for MDT, so right click on MDT Deployment Share and click ”Update Deployment Share”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m just going to leave the default options and hit next until the updates are applied, this can take a few minutes to mount the WIM files and update the deployment share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once that is done hit finish and then we are ready.

Go to Operating Systems and right click and go to ”Import Operating System”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you can add a full set of source files, Custom image file or WDS images, as I’m going to use a recently captured image from WDS I am going to Select Custom Image File, here if you wanted to you could just choose full set of source files and import your ISO for Windows 10 if you were doing this from scratch:

 

I’m going to Select my custom image:

 

 

 

I’ll click next until my image is added to the Operating Systems list on the deployment workbench:

Now that it’s added I will create a task sequence, right click Task Sequences and click ”New Task Sequence”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create your task ID and Sequence Name:

 

 

I’m going to leave the template as Standard Client Task Sequence

Choose your OS from the Drop down list

Choose if you want to specify a product key, here I’m going to leave it blank:

 

 

OS Settings you can add a username and your organisation name

Specify your Administrator password or choose not to:

 

Once your task sequence is created you can then either choose to add in some drivers or if like me you have a custom image with drivers included you can continue on to add the boot image to your WDS server.

load up Windows Deployment Services

 

 

 

 

 

Go to Boot Images:

 

 

Right click boot images and click add Boot Image:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add in the LiteTouchPE x64 for 64bit OS or X86 for 32bit OS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then create your boot image name:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will then add the Deployment option to the boot images and will appear in your PXE boot from your network and be ready to boot into to deploy your Windows 10 OS.

For further tips using MDT refer to Microsoft’s article below:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/deploy-windows-mdt/deploy-a-windows-10-image-using-mdt

 

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