MDT 2010 Update 1 Quick Start

My latest customer does not have requirements at the moment for SCCM, or funds or resources because it is a school with a tight IT budget.

So to roll-out new operating system images i’ve established a server and installed MDT 2010 Update 1.

Here is a quick start guide for MDT with a SQL database.

1. Build servers, or domain infrastructure. I am using a SQL Server 2008 R2 server for the MDT database.

2. Build a server operating system for MDT

3. Install WDS http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670(WS.10).aspx

3.1 Configure WDS – Plenty of resources on the internet about how to do this, i am concentrating here on the final steps of MDT setup, but don’t worry too much about images at this stage as we will replace them later; install the default boot image and configure the PXE response and Boot settings. Configure DHCP according to your environment.

4. Install WAIK http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=5753 It is a huge download

5. Install MDT http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&=tm&id=25175

6. Configure MDT

6.1 Create Deployment Share

6.2 Add Operating System Image(s) – from source DVD or pre-captured WIM image

6.3 Create New Database in Advanced Configuration

6.3.1 Give the SQL server name, instance and database name

6.3.2 Define the SQL DeploymentShare, this allows the LiteTouch account to authenticate against the SQL Server. When you define this path, make sure the path exists on the SQL Server, this is important.

6.3.3 You can configure the database rules at this stage, it modifies the INI file on the MDT server rather than the database itself.

6.3.4 Configure the bootstrap.ini to include account credentials for connecting to the database.

6.4 Create Simple Task Sequence

That’s it, not a lot of detail i know but i will post next time with pictures and all that kind of stuff. The most important things to remember are 6.3.2 and 6.3.4 – without these settings configured you will get ZTI errors trying to authenticate to SQL in the OSD log.

Now go ahead and add a computer account to the database, and you open up much more flexibillity in MDT, allowing you to deploy to numerous machines with customisable settings.

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