Friday, 13 December 2013

Windows 8 Application, Drivers, MDT 2012 USB Offline LTI Deployment

Windows 8 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 USB Offline Deployment

1.       A desktop computer or a server with an OS (prefer newish Windows 7/2k8 or Windows 8/2012 Server) OS x86/x64depends on what you are planning to deploy.

2.       MDT 2012 Update 1 x86/x64 (Check your OS as it needs to be matched for example: 32bit MDT software on 32bit OS in order to generate catalog file for answer file)

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3.       Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) Windows 8

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4.       A USB stick with 8GB space or more

5.       Install MDT and ADK

6.       Launch MDT and create new share, right click “Deployment Share”, create on local computer, create a new folder directory on C: drive and called “DeploymentShare”.

7.       Import Operating System (Select the optical drive which will read all the source files for you).

8.       Add drivers (Optional)

9.       Add applications, for each application it requires different command line to silently install the application after the OS installation.

Here is the list of what I have gathered so far:

Command line
Microsoft office 2013
setup.exe /config proplus.ww\config.xml” Get the config.xml from backup folder.
7z920.exe /S”
Adobe Flash Player
AdobeFlash.exe -install
Adobe Reader
AcroRead.exe /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES /qn
Mozilla Firefox
Firefox Setup 22.0.exe -ms
Panda Anti-Virus
msiexec /i PandaAV.msi /qn

10.   Create new task sequence, give it a name Win8x86, ID WIN81, Template Standard Client Task Sequence, choose OS Windows 8 Enterprise x86, specify product key Not at this time and administrator password Optional.

11.   Right click properties and click on Edit Unattend.xml under OS Info tab. This should fire up the Windows System Image Manager for you to edit the Unattend.xml, alternatively use the pre-adjusted file from backup folder and simply replace it, the Unattend.xml is stored in “C:\DeploymentShare\Control\WIN81”.

12.   Create Media in Advanced Configuration. New Media -> create a folder directory (USB_Deployment) in C: drive, browser and use the path, leave selection profile as Everything.

13.   Configure the new media you have just created, right click and properties, Under General tab’s un-tick the Platform support you don’t need i.e. x64 in this case (as it will take more time to generate a separate files for the deployment you don’t need).

14.   In Media properties, click on Rules and copy and paste the settings from “CustomSettings.ini” in the backup folder to the rules text window.

15.   Edit Bootstrap, again copy and paste the settings from “BootStrap.ini” to the text window and save. To finish the configuration click OK.

16.   Right click the media and Update Media Content.

17.   Once the process is finished the USB bootable files are generated in the directory of “C:\USB_Deployment”.

8.   Before you copy the new generated MDT USB files to the USB, do a clean format on the USB with the following code on CMD using DiskPart.

- Plug the USB key in and ensure Windows can see it from Windows Explorer. Note the Drive letter (In my case the F: drive)
- open Command Prompt window and go to the USB Key drive letter (“f:”)
Run the following commands:
List Disk Note which Disk # your USB key is on. Mine was Disk 1
Select Disk 1
Create Partition Primary
Select Partition 1
format fs=fat32 I used NTFS for my Key which seems to work

19.   After the USB is formatted, copy the contents in “C:\USB_Deployment\Content” to USB “E:\” drive in my case.

20.   Set USB top priority boot sequence / Boot menu to boot USB on target computer.

21.   Wait for the USB to boot up Windows PE and it will stop on the Application Selection window, this window will allow you to choose which application you want to install on the target computer.

22.   Finally, once the deployment is finished and summary contains no errors, you should be now activate Windows 8 product and Microsoft office 2013. ONLY ACTIVATE WHEN ITS REQUIRED

Useful links:

Application automation and lite touch methods -
Other Applications’ Command line silent install -

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