This post shows the steps to deploy Windows 7 using MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit). This post is a continuation of my previous post on MDT. In the first part we saw the steps to capture Windows 7 OS using MDT. In the second part we saw the steps to import captured WIM file into MDT. You can refer to both of the parts by clicking the links below.
After you have performed all the steps mentioned in both the parts, you are ready to deploy Windows 7 using MDT.
Deploy Windows 7 Using MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit)
So let’s go through the steps to deploy Windows 7 using MDT. In other words, deploy a captured WIM file and re-image a VM. In the deployment workbench, create a new Task Sequence. Specify Task sequence ID and TS name. Click Next.
Begin to Deploy Windows 7 Using MDT
In the above steps we created a task sequence and selected our WIM file for deployment. We will now begin to deploy Windows 7 using MDT. In my lab I have a blank VM ready. On the machine that we plan to image, we need to mount the boot image. Configure the VM to boot from ISO file via BIOS settings. You can also initiate deployment by using Windows Deployment Services. In addition you must load the boot images in WDS to begin the deployment. Since we aren’t using WDS here, we will proceed with mounting the boot images manually on target computer.
The boot images are found inside Boot folder (DeploymentShare$\Boot). If it’s a physical computer that you want to image, you can burn the ISO file to a CD or DVD first. Then use the CD/DVD and boot from it to start imaging process.
There are 2 boot image files that are created when you update deployment share.
- LiteTouchPE_x64.iso – To target 64-bit computers.
- LiteTouchPE_x86.iso – To target 32-bit computers.
This is an important step. Do not select capture an image of this reference computer because that’s not what we want. What we plan to do here is deploy captured WIM file using MDT. So select Do not capture an image of this computer. Click Next.