Monthly Archives: May 2011

MDT 2010: Storing log files centrally

Although not widely known, you can store your Lite-Touch deployment log files centrally on a network share. This can come in handy when troubleshooting or auditing. There are 2 types of logging available. The first is standard logging, which stores the logs … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Change default “IT Organization” during Lite Touch Deployments

OK, so this is a very basic post but if you don’t know it. . . ahem! The scenario is you want to apply branding to this pesky banner and change the default wording of “IT Organization”. I mean, for … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Automating Task Sequence selection

When working towards a completely automated Lite-Touch deployment it can appear somewhat counter-intuitive to automate the task sequence selection as a final step. After all it’s one of the first things you click on during the deployment wizard. It does makes … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: User State Migration

In order to automate the User State Capture and Restore task sequence steps in MDT 2010 you will need to configure your deployment share so it knows where to store the data. MDT 2010 installs the User State Migration Tool … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Managing Product Keys

If you are deploying Windows Vista/7 Professional, Enterprise or Server 2008(R2) and you have a KMS host configured, you can simply ignore the sections that ask for product keys during Lite-Touch deployments and skip past them without adding aditional propertys. … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Deployment Type

When automating your Lite-Touch environment, you should first consider the usage of your task sequences. There are 4 task sequence usage scenarios in MDT 2010, they are the new computer scenario, the refresh computer scenario, the replace computer scenario and the upgrade … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Timezone

To automate the TimeZone setting in your Lite-Touch deployments, edit the CustomSettings.ini file and add the following line for Windows XP/2003: TimeZone=85 or for Windows Vista/Server 2008/Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 use: TimeZoneName=GMT Standard Time Now to hide the pane during … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Setting the built in Administrator Password

As you may be aware, the local administrator account is disabled by default in Windows 7. MDT 2010 re-enables it and resets the password. This is initially done when you create a new task sequence so you don’t really need … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Finish action

One importing thing when deploying images is ensuring there is some sort of indication that Lite-Touch has ended and the machine is ready for use. For security, you may wish to shut the machine down at the end or log … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Network Share Credentials

When performing Lite-Touch Deployments MDT will need to connect to shares for various purposes. For example, to access a deployment share, backup share or a user state migration share. Naturally, this process will require credentials. The account can be either a … Continue reading

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