Deployment

MDT – Joining a Computer to a Domain Using PowerShell

Using PowerShell scripts within a task sequence provides more flexibility than using the CustomSettings.ini file to join a computer to a domain. The parameters of the CustomSettings.ini file are common to any deployment you perform. That’s why creating a custom PowerShell script to join your domain will be customize to …

Deployment

Task Sequence Tasks Explained

This document explains the tasks that you will find in standard task sequence. Initialization > Gather local only – gathers deployment configuration settings from local sources that apply to the target computer [ZTIGather.wsf] Validation > Validate – verifies that the target computer meets the specified deployment requirement conditions. Such as …

Deployment

How MDT uses XML to install Applications

Have you ever thought about what actually happens when you import applications into your MDT environment? How does the task sequence know what application to install? How does it know what command-line arguments to specify during the application install process? Technically, as a user, all that is required of us …

Deployment

MDT – Working towards Zero Touch Installation

The aim of this is to create a deployment that once started will finish without any further intervention. Step 1 – Create the Perfect task Sequence Before we start the process, we assume that you have tested your deployment process and you are able to deploy operating system as required. …

Deployment

Fix MDT 8443 Missing Capture Screen

It is a known bug n MDT 8443 that the capture screen is missing. To correct the bug you need to edit the ZTIUtility.vbs file. Edit the ZTIUtility.vbs File   Look in the scripts folder of your deployment share for the ZTIUtility.vbs file. Deploymentshare \scripts\ZTIUtility.vbs. Make a copy of this …

Deployment

Installing .NET Framework 3.5 with MDT

You could use a DISM command line to install .net Framework 3.5 using something like: DISM.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All/Source:”%deployroot%\Operating Systems\Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise\Sources\SXS” /LimitAccess But since you have already imported the OS into MDT you may as well use the media that MDT already has and specify the source …

Deployment

MDT 2013, Powershell, and XPath – ZTIGather.xml

With XML being used so much nowadays, XPath is a useful tool to query xml documents, it can also be useful in other ways. For example looking at how the ZTIConfigure.xml file in helps MDT merge information from Customsettings.ini into an answer file. XPath is used to query the answer …

Deployment

Integrating DaRT with MDT and enable DaRT Remote Control

Integrating DaRT into MDT will allow you to remotely view running deployments. Pretty handy for remote deployments that you are having trouble with. For this I presume you already have a fully functional MDT Deployment Workbench server/workstation and I also presume you already downloaded MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack). MDOP …

Deployment

ByPassing Customsettings.ini in MDT

You can run MDT  from UNC, no need for PXE, USB or Disc. Start litetouch.vbs from  the \\SERVER\Share$\Scripts folder. You can also bypass global rules that are in customsettings.ini These conditions can include but are not limited to: Task Sequence (specify TS, bypass prompt in wizard) Apps (Include, or Exclude …