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Accompanying webcast at http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=10179. Demonstrations of how to deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 using free technologies from Microsoft

Accompanying webcast at http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=10179. Demonstrations of how to deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 using free technologies from Microsoft



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  • 1. Deployment Tools and Methodologies
  • 2. Agenda
    Upgrades VS Clean Installations
    Windows Automated Installation Kit
    Windows Deployment Services
    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
    Putting It All Together
    Zero Touch with Configuration Manager 2007
  • 3. Who Am I?
    Aidan Finn
    Microsoft Valued Professional
    2008: Configuration Manager
    2009: Virtualisation – Systems Administration
    A member of Springboard STEP
    Irish Windows User Group Leader
    Contributing Author: Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2, February 2010, Sybex/Wiley
    Blog at http://www.aidanfinn.com
    Systems and Infrastructure Manager: C Infinity
  • 4. Goal Of This Session
    Demo, Demo, Demo!
    Minimal number of slides
    I want to show you how:
    We deployed Windows 7 in the community launches
    To use the free deployment tools
    You can put the tools together
    Do this for yourself in your test and development labs
    The techniques work for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • 5. Springboard
    Microsoft TechNet program
    Learn and share:
  • 6. Windows 7 Requirements
    1GHz Processor
    1GB RAM 32-bit OS
    2GB RAM 64-bit OS
    16GB Disk 32-bit OS
    20GB Disk 64-bit OS
    DirectX 9 Graphics Card with WDDM 1.0 +
  • 7. Upgrade VS Clean
    Upgrade is the quickest
    However it means we inherit problems
    Clean installation strongly recommended
    You can upgrade from Vista to Windows 7
    You cannot upgrade from XP to Windows 7
    User State Migration Toolkit
    File and Settings Transfer Wizard
    You cannot upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit or vice versa
  • 8. The Basics
    We use Windows PE (Pre Installation Environment) to install Windows
    Stripped down version of windows for installations/repair
    Microsoft uses WIM images for WinPE and installation images
    File based
    WIM capable of storing many images
    Unattended installation answers all the usual questions
  • 9. 7 Passes
    Windows installations go through 7 passes:
    windowsPE: Setup environment
    offlineServicing: Apply updates
    specialize: System specifics
    generalize: If you run sysprep /generalize
    auditSystem: If you boot to Audit mode
    auditUser: If you boot to Audit mode
    oobeSystem: Before Windows Welcome starts
  • 10. WAIK
    Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
    Create unattended answer files
    Create, mount and customise Windows PE images
    Free download – best to search for the latest version
    1.6GB ISO
  • 11. My Demo Lab
  • 12. Demo of WAIK
    Browse through WAIK
    Mount an installation image
    Create an unattended answer file for Windows 7
    Perform an unattended installation of Windows 7 using removable storage
  • 13. Wrapping Up WAIK
    DISM.EXE is a command line tool for:
    Mounting WIM images
    Customising WIM images
    Get a complete Windows 7 unattended answer file: http://tinyurl.com/win7answerfile
    Lots of built in documentation
  • 14. WDS
    Windows Deployment Services
    In Windows Server since W2003 SP2
    Network based image deployment solution
    Based on BOOTP: a broadcast based network protocol
    Requires DHCP
    Multi VLAN networks require planning
  • 15. WDS Improvements
    Windows Server 2008 R2 offers:
    Easy driver additions via the GUI
    Multi-speed multicast image deployment
    Did I mention WDS is free unlike other image solutions?
  • 16. How WDS Works
    Deployment Server
  • 17. WDS Demo
    Setting up WDS
    Adding a boot image
    Adding a capture image
    Adding drivers
    Capturing a template image
    Deploying an image
  • 18. Wrapping Up WDS
    Use DHCP relays in multi-VLAN networks
    Point to DHCP Server(s)
    Point to WDS Server
    Common problem & solution: WDS server is not authorised DHCP server
    Re-authorise it in DHCP console
    We can deploy an image but what if we want to do more than that?
  • 19. MDT 2010
    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
    File share based image deployment solution
    Uses a task sequence
    A set of predefined and scripted steps
    You can run any command line step
    For example: user state capture and restore
    For example: custom scripts such as Server Manager script
    Excellent documentation
    Built in task sequences for image capture and OS replacement with user state capture & restore
  • 20. MDT Demo
    Set up a deployment share
    Add images, drivers, applications and updates
    Create a capture task sequence
    Create and customise deploy task sequence
    Add rules to the deployment share
    Upgrade an XP PC while retaining the user state
    Discuss using multiple deployment shares
  • 21. Zero Touch Deployment
    MDT 2010 gives us a “light touch” deployment
    Excellent for small and medium enterprises
    Configuration Manager 2007/2007 R2 provide the ability for zero touch:
    Deploy images from a central location in the enterprise
    Get reports on progress, success and failures
    Service Pack 2 for complete Windows 7 support
    Available at “RTM plus 90 days”, i.e. any day now
  • 22. Putting It All Together
    WAIK to build unattended answer files to customise your installations
    WDS to deploy boot images and OS images
    MDT to deploy operating systems using task sequences
    ConfigMgr for zero touch deployment with reporting
  • 23. General Advice
    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkits
    Build a lab
    Virtualisation (Hyper-V) at first
    Get sample physical machines when technology is ready
    “Dogfood” it, find IT friendly users, variety of hardware
  • 24. Links
    Irish Windows User Group: http://www.mtug.ie
    Springboard: http://www.microsoft.com/springboard
    My blog: http://www.aidanfinn.com
    My MDT 2010 guide: http://www.aidanfinn.com
    The Windows User Group: ws-ugi@live.com
  • 25. Thank You!
    Please complete your online surveys to provide feedback on this session to Microsoft
    There will be lots more Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 in 2010