Tag Archives: customsettings.ini

MDT 2012: Skipping Deployment Wizard Panes

This is an updated version of the skipping deployment wizard pages table. This is one of the most popular articles on Scriptimus Ex Machina as it covers most of what is required to automate Lite Touch deployments. Readers use it as a … Continue reading

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Test Lab: Base Configuration – Hydration Kit: Custom Default settings

When using the Test Lab:Base Configuration Hydration Kit, you may want to use your own custom domain and server names. After all, it’s your testlab and you might spend a considerable amount of time working there. It makes sense to … Continue reading

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LTI/ZTI Deployments: Add roles and features

I had a post drafted on adding roles and features, to begin a series of posts on server role deployment. However, Michael Neihaus has been kind enough to write up a great article on his blog. You can read it … Continue reading

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MDT 2012: Automating Network Interface Configuration

I’m currently using MDT (and SCCM) to build servers. After I clone templates in VMWare I run a Post OS task sequence that will rename the Server, assign a static IP address, Join the domain, install Apps etc. One server … Continue reading

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MDT Scripting: Using VBScript Expressions in customsettings.ini file

I received an email from one of my readers: I’m trying to deploy to a mixed physical / VM environment using the serial number for the OSDComputername. However, on my VMs (VM Ware) the VM serial number is full of … Continue reading

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MDT 2012: Targeting Lite-Touch Deployments

There are a number of Operating System Deployment scenarios where you will need to automate specific configurations to individual or certain types of computers. The most common scenarios are: Automating a Deployment to a Specific Computer Automating a Deployment to a … Continue reading

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MDT 2012: Automating updates in Lite-Touch Deployments

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit has a built-in script designed to update images, with Microsoft Updates, during a Lite-Touch deployment. I’ve been meaning to write this article for a while now but the enormity of the topic has deterred me from seeing … Continue reading

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MDT 2012: Sysprep and Shutdown

With today’s virtualisation technologies, the Windows imaging process of creating and deploying a reference image is not always suitable. In some scenarios you may just want to deploy Windows, patch it, then sysprep and shutdown a machine without capturing an image. … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Sample customsettings.ini for Fully Automated LTI Deployments

I get a lot of requests for articles on various deployment techniques. One reader yesterday asked for an example of a customsettings.ini file. samburattoSam said: Hey, Thanks for the Blog. Alot of helpfull stuff. Can you show us an example of a … Continue reading

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MDT 2010: Managing Packages

Deploying packages in MDT is very straightforward. Simply import them into the Packages node within the deployment workbench and by default they will be installed during the deployment process. You can use selection profiles to control these and ensure that … Continue reading

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