Classes: 3-Day

This course is developed and presented by Rhonda Layfield. Rhonda has been in the IT community for almost 30 years. She writes for Windows ITPro magazine and is a co-author of Mastering Windows Server 2003 Upgrade Edition for SP1 & R2 and Windows Server 2008 Networking Foundations from Sybex. She presents Microsoft technologies around the globe – Tech Ed US & Europe, Techdays in Belgium, Slovenia and Ireland and Windows Connections ITPro conferences. She is also a Setup and Deployment MVP and Desktop Deployment Product Specialist (DDPS).

Course Objectives

How many of Microsoft’s pre-Windows 7 deployment tools have you tried and found useful — Winnt.sif, Sysprep, RIS, Setup Manager, Solution Accelerator Business Desktop Deployment Tool (BDD)? If you answered “just Sysprep,” then get ready for a pleasant surprise. Windows 7’s new deployment tools may save you a bunch of money. With the arrival of Windows 7, Microsoft now offers a far more nearly-complete deployment solution than they’ve delivered before, but while the new deployment tools are good news, the bad news is that they are not very intuitive. In fact, Windows 7’s new tools can be rather overwhelming at first glance. In just four days, this course will take you from novice to pro on all Microsoft deployment tools. This course begins with booting a bare metal machine to deploying a complete custom installation of Windows 7 or migrating from Windows XP. You will receive step-by-step guides to take back to your own environments to help you get started so you won’t make the most common (and sometimes very time consuming) mistakes.

This course can be delivered in either hands-on or lecture based demo driven formats.

Key Seminar Benefits

  • Learn Microsoft’s new free Windows Image Formats: .vhd & .wim.
  • Create and test a bootable Windows Pre-Installation Environment (WinPE); Windows 7’s alternative to DOS boot floppies
  • Learn how to customize a WinPE using the Deployment Image Servicing and  Management tool
  • Build a custom Windows 7 OS image using ImageX, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012(MDT 2012), Windows Deployment Service (WDS) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) tools
  • Learn how to manage and apply custom Windows 7 OS images using ImageX, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012(MDT 2012), Windows Deployment Service (WDS) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) tools
  • Learn the advanced features of MDT 2012 that can make your deployments easier than ever (MDT database, linked deployment shares, media and selection profiles)
  • Create and manage a WDS server, the Windows 7 alternative to RIS
  • Get in-depth experience building custom answer files using the new Windows System Image Manager (WSIM)

When it comes to Microsoft’s array of deployment tools the most asked question is “which tool is right for me? Do I need to install WAIK, WDS, MDT and SCCM just to get started”? The answer to that question is “well that depends – what do you want to do”? Starting with the basics is the most logical “beginning” I’ve found. Learning the basic tools like capturing and applying an image using ImageX and managing those images using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) and creating unattended answer files with the Windows System Image Manger (WSIM) utility are only a couple of the tools contained in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). The WAIK tools are the tools the other tools (like MDT and SCCM) use under the hood. In a perfect world where everything works the first time you try it and there are no easily made mistakes you really wouldn’t need to learn the WAIK tools… but we don’t live in that world. To properly troubleshoot MDT or SCCM you need to understand the WAIK tools.

Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)

  • Learn Microsoft’s new free Image Formats: Windows image (.wim) and Virtual Hard Disk (.vhd)
  • Create a custom (add drivers and packages) bootable Windows Pre-Installation Environment (WinPE) 3.0
  • Create and apply .wim and .vhd images using ImageX and DiskPart
  • Customize and manage your images using Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)
  • Understand Setup.exe and it’s configuration passes
  • Create custom answer files using Windows System Image Manager (WSIM)
  • Learn what information is gathered and how to customize it using User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 (including using hard links and the ramifications of hard links)
  • Enterprise clients will need to understand what Volume Activation is and how to configure a Key Management Service server (KMS) for your environment including DNS configuration and KMS service locator records.

Once you have the WAIK tools under your belt your ready to take it up a notch with MDT 2012. MDT is a flexible, stable and user friendly toolkit that can help you easily create, manage and deploy images. MDT 2012 provides wizards that walk you through almost every single aspect of deployment. But there are a few advanced features that really put the icing on the cake – they’ll make your deployments consistent and easily repeatable.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 (MDT)

  • Learn the four deployment scenarios (bare metal, refresh, replace and upgrade)
  • Create and explore a  deployment share
  • Import operating systems, drivers, packages and applications
  • Create and customize task sequences
  • Update the deployment share
  • Learn how to use a PowerShell script to create a deployment share, import components into MDT and create task sequences.
  • Deploy an image
  • Automate the MDT’s deployment wizard to show only the deployment wizard pages you want displayed
  • Learn how to migrate an XP workstation to Windows 7 in a bare metal, refresh and replace scenario – including application migrations
  • Learn how to create a selection profile and what you can do with them
  • Create stand alone media to deploy your custom images using no network connectivity
  • Create a copy of your deployment share at a branch office and keep it current so remote clients can deploy images locally
  • Troubleshooting the log files of an MDT deployment

Remote Installation Service (RIS) is a thing of the past (thank goodness) – yes it worked but not as well as most of us would have liked! WDS is the 21st century evolution of RIS and boy does it deliver! WDS allows you to create images and provides awesome driver management and deployment of your images that can be completely automated.

Windows Deployment Service (WDS)

  • Install and configure WDS along with it’s required components
  • Understand the WDS boot process and how DHCP plays a role in different scenarios (single subnet vs multiple subnets)
  • Create an image using WDSCapture
  • Deploy both .wim and .vhd images
  • Understand how to boot clients that cannot use WDS’s PXE boot process
  • Learn how to configure your WDS in a secure fashion (known vs unknown clients and permissions)
  • Import boot images (WinPEs) and operating system images
  • Understand how Dynamic Driver Provisioning (DDP) works
  • Learn how to create a list of WDS servers the client may choose from during the deployment process
  • Learn how to create multicast transmissions and control them
  • Automate your WDS deployments using WSIM scripts (yes scripts – you’ll need more than one)
  • Learn the most common mistakes made when using WDS and how to NOT make the same mistakes yourself

SCCM is the only Microsoft deployment tool that is a “paid for solution”. SCCM comes with all the bells and whistles that a zero touch installation (ZTI) offers. You don’t need to understand SCCM to get something out of this section – Rhonda starts at the beginning with installation and terminology and takes you through troubleshooting failed deployments.

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

  • Installation and configuration – along with a lot of SCCM terminology
  • Integrating MDT and SCCM for zero touch installations (ZTI)
  • Learn how to configure packages, advertisements, collections and programs for a ZTI
  • Understand the difference between a primary and secondary site
  • Learn to prepare and configure boot images
  • Create and capture a reference image
  • Identifying and target machines for rebuilding
  • Deploy Windows 7
  • Monitor and troubleshoot the deployment Progress


Anyone taking this course should have a basic understanding of networking and experience installing Microsoft operating systems. A working knowledge of a virtual environment (either VirtualPC or VMWare) would be helpful but is not required.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • 0900 – 1200 ACT, MAP, Windows ADS
  • 1200 – 1300 Lunch
  • 1300 – 1700 Windows ADK, MDT 2012

Day 2

  • 0900 – 1200 MDT 2012 & WDS
  • 1200 – 1300 Lunch
  • 1300 – 1700 WDS

Day 3

  • 0900 – 1200 WDS & ConfigMgr 2012
  • 1200 – 1300 Lunch
  • 1300 – 1700 ConfigMgr 2012

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