MDT – Part 1

Imaging Made Easy

One of the many jobs of taking care of an enterprise environment is taking care of Windows devices. We have to either when its new or just needs a refresh have to re-image the device. The following article will detail out what you need in order to accomplish. MDT is a free tool from Microsoft that can be setup to install, configure and install applications as part of the process. Here is what you need

  • Server 2019 with extra drive for images * not required but preferred
  • Windows 10 ADK Current Branch
  • Windwos 10 ADK PE Addon
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolbox (MDT)
  • Windows 10 ISO

First step is to enable the WDS role on the server, open up server manger and click on Manage, Add Roles and Features

Click Next
Click Next
Click Next

Scroll down and select Windows Deployment Services

Click on Add Features
Click Next
Click Next
Click Next
Click Next
Click Install

Wait for it to install

Click Close once it has finished

Once you are done the install of WDS next install the Windows ADK, browse to the directory where you downloaded it and launch the installer. You have two options, you can download the whole ADK or just the download and install what you need. For this article I will be downloading just what I need. Click Next

Click Next (Optional you can send data to Microsoft or not)
Click Accept

The only options required for this setup are the following

  • Deployment Tools
  • User State Migration Tool (USMT)
Wait while it installs
Click Close

Wait for it to finish its install

Once done click Close

Next you need to install the Windows PE Environment

Click Next

Click Next

Click Accept

Click Install

Click Close

Now you have the server side setup with all the pre-reqs ready to deploy Windows. In the next article I will detail out the installation and configuration of MDT

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