Classes: 5-Day

This course is presented by Rhonda Layfield. She presents Microsoft technologies around the globe – Tech Ed US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Techdays in Holland, Belgium, Slovenia and Ireland to mention a few. She is also a five time Setup and Deployment MVP and Desktop Deployment Product Specialist (DDPS). 

To Register –
Register with Promotional Code RhondaLay to receive a free copy of “Everything You Need to Know About MDT 2012 (a $249.99 value)” 

Course Objectives

Learn how to deploy Microsoft Operating Systems using Microsoft’s deployment tools. If the last time you looked at Microsoft’s deployment tools included RIS, Sysprep, ImageX or the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 it’s time to look again. Whether you are deploying desktop or server OSs these tools rock! And most of them are either free downloads or ship in a Windows Server product. Still needing to migrate your XP environment to Windows 7, you’ll want to learn which tools do this natively and which tools you can extend to get the right functionality for you. In just five days, this course will take you from novice to pro on all Microsoft deployment tools. You will also receive step-by-step guides to take back to your own environments to help you get started without making 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

  • Find out if your applications will run on Windows 7 using the free Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) or is the Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS) the right tool for you?
  • Hardware requirements are a bit higher with Windows 7. The free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool will help identify the machines in your environment that need to be upgraded or replaced quickly and easily.
  • The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is being replaced with the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK), find out what is new.
  • The free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 (MDT 2012) has some new bells and whistles but will you be able to use them? Not everyone will. Find out which of the new features are available to you. What is available to everyone is:
    • Perform default, automated and customized network deployments
    • Deploying from a USB stick (no network needed)
    • Set up mini deployment shares in branch offices all linked to a “Master Deployment Share” so clients can deploy locally but you maintain control of image management.

  • Windows Deployment Service (WDS) is a free role that comes with Microsoft Server operating systems (OSs). WDS on Server 8 deploys OSs but it’s true power lies in the functionality it provides when integrated with MDT 2012 and ConfigMgr 2012. If you decide to use WDS 8 alone you will need to know how to manage your images using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool.
  • Configuration Manager 2012 (ConfigMgr 2012) is the only deployment tool in this class that is not free but well worth every cent. This is the only tool that can truly deploy a Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) which deploys entire OS images with no human intervention. ZTI deployments can be networked or put on a USB stick which can be password protected with an expiration date so they stop working after a set date. There are tons of options for ZTI deployments – learn the ones you need for your environment.
  • Find out which of these tools can Migrate an XP machine to Windows 7 and maintain your user’s data and settings….not all of them can.

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 is “what do you want to do”? Starting with the basics is the most logical “beginning” I’ve found. Learning the feature sets of each tool will help you decide which tool (or combination of tools) will provide the most optimal deployment solution for your environment. 

Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)

  • Learn Microsoft’s new free Image Formats (.wim) and Virtual Hard Disk (.vhd) that can replace imaging tools like Ghost and Drive Image
  • 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 a bootable USB stick that contains your entire OS deployment so no network connectivity is needed
  • 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

Course Outline

Day 1 

  • 0800 – 0900 Registration & Welcome
  • 0900 – 1200 ACT, MAP, Windows ADK
  • 1200 – 1300 Lunch
  • 1300 – 1700 Windows ADK

Day 2 

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

  • 0900 – 1200 USMT, KMS, Activation
  • 1200 – 1300 Lunch
  • 1300 – 1700 ConfigMgr 2012

Day 5

  • 0900 – 1200 ConfigMgr 2012
  • 1200 – 1300 Lunch
  • 1300 – 1700 Troubleshooting Deployments


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.

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