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WDS and MDT

Discussion in 'Software' started by TechTock, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. TechTock

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    I'm looking to automate deployments of windows 7/8 via pxeboot and know there are various methods of doing what I need. We can't buy SCCM so am looking at WDS and MDT. Are both of these deployment tools or am I getting confused with them. If they are what would people suggest using. Reading into it I suspect MDT is the way to go as it appear that it will inject drivers, applications and updates when imaging.

    Also am i right in that with Windows 7 and onwards being a file based deployment I only need to build one master image for all makes and models of PC's and Laptops (all 64bit) and the driver install will do the rest?

    I remember reading all this doing my MCITP but forgot it all as I thought I would never need to use it.
     
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  2. SimonD

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    It goes WDS - MDT - SCCM with regards to the capabilities of deployment so yes MDT is definitely a way forward, it's somewhat clunky but it does work.

    You would also need WDS installed to let you PXE boot the devices.
     
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  3. TechTock

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    Cheers Simon for the reply. Now been told we will consider SCCM. It would be great to learn it but it might be overkill for 120 PC in 2 sites. Will have to weigh SCCM and MDT both up.
     
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  4. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Not to mention the expense!
     
  5. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    SCCM offers so much more than just OS Deployment, it offers patching, application deployment, asset reporting as well as desired configuration management.
    I have to be honest and say that it does make my life easier for management of servers and desktops.

    Have a look at SCCM 2012 (which I haven't looked at yet) because there are some changes to the way SCCM is installed\configures.

    I have a post here somewhere describing the steps required to install and configure SCCM and if you need something else let me know because I still have the documents available at home as well.
     
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  6. TechTock

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    We are an MS Gold partner so I think we get it cheap or free as part of our licence agreement.

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    Cheers Simon, I think I was look at SCCM solely from the deployment perspective but patching and application deployment would be great to have as well under one management tool.
     
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  7. Sparky
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    WDS will do if you just need OS deployment. I did a 150 machine OS upgrade for a customer using this. You can create a system image with the drivers you need with sysprep then upload it to WDS.

    After that deploy with WDS by booting off the NIC of the PC.
     
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