MDT 2010: Fully automated Lite-Touch Deployment

Companies that don’t have SCCM or use 3rd party deployment tools like Altiris sometimes want a way of fully automating the deployment of their operating systems.

In MDT there is a property called SkipWizard which will do exactly that, skip the deployment wizard completely. Below is an example:

[Settings]
Priority=Default

[Default]
SkipWizard=YES

If you use the SkipWizard property then you must ensure that all the necessary wizard steps have answers. If you’ve been reading my blogs about Skipping Deployment Wizards then you’ll know that you can skip the Deployment Wizards and supply the property information in variables during the Lite-Touch deployment process. If you apply all of the techniques described in my articles then you can eliminate the wizards completely using those methods.

SkipWizard’s property’s can’t be used as task sequence variables as they are collected after the wizards run, during the gather script.

The table below will provide you with all the settings and variables you need when skipping the wizard panes. There are also hyperlinks to my articles if further explanation is needed.

Skip this wizard page

Using this property

Configure these properties

Administrator Password

SkipAdminPassword

· AdminPassword

Welcome to the Windows Deployment Wizard

SkipBDDWelcome

Choose a migration type

SkipDeploymentType

· DeploymentType

Configure the computer name

SkipComputerName

· OSDComputerName

Configure the target partition

SkipDestinationDisk

· DestinationDisk

· DestinationPartition

Join the computer to a domain or workgroup

SkipDomainMembership

· JoinWorkgroup

    or

· JoinDomain

· DomainAdmin

· DomainAdminDomain

· DomainAdminPassword

Language and other preferences

SkipLocaleSelection

· KeyboardLocale

· UserLocale

· UILanguage

Operating system deployment completed successfully

SkipFinalSummary

Operating system deployment did not complete successfully

SkipFinalSummary

Packages

SkipPackageDisplay

· LanguagePacks

Ready to begin

SkipSummary

Select a task sequence to execute on this computer

SkipBuild, SkipTaskSequence

· TaskSequenceID

· BuildID

Select one or more applications to install

SkipApplications

· Applications

SkipAppsOnUpgrade

Set the Time Zone

SkipTimeZone

· TimeZone

     or

· TimeZoneName

Specify credentials for connecting to network shares

by providing properties in next column

· UserID

· UserDomain

· UserPassword

Specify the BitLocker configuration

SkipBitLocker

· BDEDriveLetter

· BDEDriveSize

· BDEInstall

· BDEInstallSuppress

· BDERecoveryKey

· TPMOwnerPassword

· OSDBitLockerStartupKeyDrive

· OSDBitLockerWaitForEncryption

Specify the product key needed to install this operating system

SkipProductKey

· ProductKey

or

· OverrideProductKey

Specify where to save a complete computer backup

SkipComputerBackup

· BackupDir

· BackupShare

· ComputerBackupLocation

Specify where to save your data and settings

SkipUserData

· UDDir

· UDShare

· UserDataLocation

Specify whether to capture an image

SkipCapture

· ComputerBackupLocation

Specify whether to restore user data

SkipUserData

· UDDir

· UDShare

· UserDataLocation

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About Andrew Barnes

A Scripting and Deployment Specialist.
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12 Responses to MDT 2010: Fully automated Lite-Touch Deployment

  1. Your blog is a great resource for MDT users! I like how you focus your posts on specific topics and the explanations are simple and clear. Good work!

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  2. Charly says:

    Weldone Andrew, good work. Helped me a lot. Thanks Charly

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  3. We currently use Altiris and I am planning to suggest MDT + WDS solution in my organization. Will this work for my setup to full automate the deployment process? I am looking for zero touch installation, just like Altiris – install from remote location.

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    • Hi, This is not a Zero-Touch deployment. You would need to start each installation by some method. Whether login script or batch file or visiting each machine and kicking it off. Or pushing the startup from Altiris. From that point the process is fully automated.

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      • digitaladri says:

        Your site has been very helpful. However, can you elaborate on how I can make MDTwith WDS Zero-Touch deployment without SCCM? You mentioned login script or batch file. Visiting each machine and kicking it off is not an option.

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      • Hi, All you need to do is launch litetouch.vbs on your remote machine. PSExex or WinRM or PowerShell remote can do this.

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  4. John says:

    Hello Andrew.

    Thanks for the post. I’ve found them very useful in setting up MDT to work alongside WDS for deployment of our PC and laptop images.

    One thing you may be able to help out with is how I can pass the computer name used in WDS to deploy pre-populated computers in AD-DS. I have created an image using MDT and have made this image available to WDS. I have also used the Boot.wim file was created in MDT as the default boot image within WDS.

    I have edited the bootstrap and customsetting ini files using the skip**** commands to automate the install wizard. This works well except for the actual computer name allocated. This seems to be an automatically generated on which does not have anything to do with the one setup in WDS.

    Have you had any experience in WDS and MDT like this? Did you find a way around this one?

    Thanks for your help.

    John

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  5. Arnen Hadler says:

    “Specify credentials for connecting to network shares” that does not work. I gave perms to our special user that is allowed to connect to the share folder of MDT2010, and put this user with password etc. into the bootstrap.ini. But still the LiteTouch asks me about these credentials when booting from PXE choosing my LiteTouch image… How to solve this???

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  7. Will says:

    Thank you so much Andrew. Your blog is the single most important resource I have used in creating my Windows 7 deployment. I really appreciate the help.

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  8. blake says:

    I have tried this by mapping a network drive and by navigating to the above path and launching litetouch manually. Within seconds I get a successful deployment notification, but it never installs the image. It seems to complete the tasks all the way up until “pre-installation”. What am I doing wrong? My plan is to make an automated litetouch if I can get this working.

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