Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
Any way you can make a local deployment share using MDT? i have seen it happen but not sure if it was scripted in or not. The purpose is to deploy from the harddrive without using network which would take 2+ hours. So for instance buying harddrives
and cloning them i could stick them in the same build and deploy it easily... Havent looked if its there in mdt2013 yet. Or if anyone could suggest a few sollutions other then MDT. THanx
May 20th, 2015 8:36am
You should use offline media with MDT using a USB instead.
May 20th, 2015 9:39am
The problem with doing that is, A) server based through sharing is terribly slow b) on an actual HDD it would work perfectly so it is more Lite touch, then having to plug in this or that increasing the time required to get one machine up and running.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:44 AM
May 20th, 2015 9:43am
I still suggest Offline media to USB, that should solve your issue. It will boot to the USB and complete the deployment. The issue here is you can only do one at a time or one per USB stick created.
Network deployments are easier to manage if changes need to be made.
May 20th, 2015 9:50am
That does make sense But That way i might aswell just keep using the SITE share on the server. Even if it was on the HDD all i would still have to do is change it and clone it then back to normal states. Any particular reason You Suggest a USB?
May 20th, 2015 10:04am
A flash drive is faster, plus with a hard drive it's possible it could be detected as a fixed drive and mess with your deployment.
May 20th, 2015 1:26pm
Like i said i had done over 200 computers with that method, and am wondering how to set it up like that. I mostly had worked with the network share. But at those few places i had been at, A Single drive boots into lite-touch, installs through local disk,
deletes when finish. which ended up being max 45 mins. Using a Flash i haven't tried but over the network it takes 2 hours.
May 20th, 2015 1:43pm
They both have their downsides. Network will be slower when deploying, but easier to make updates and changes to the share. Local media is faster but updating the media because of changes or software updates takes time to complete, especially if you have
several drives that need updating for other techs to use. To build your media go to "Advanced Configuration", right click on Media and choose New Media.
May 20th, 2015 1:52pm
OK I see what the problem was I forgot to update media content. Decided to Try MDT 2013 instead, downloading the ADK still but will let you know what happens. Hopefully it has more features
May 21st, 2015 10:23am
Offline media has all the features available in MDT. If you have no network however, you wont be able to run anything that relies on this. ie. Apps that need network connection to install (Office C2R without download, Microsoft Intune etc) and network domain
May 21st, 2015 10:31am
Shouldn't that still go through regardless of what media you select. For instance adobe flash player which is an online installer? OR Example: if a antivirus program needs network to setup DNS, Or like you say MS Office c2r.
May 21st, 2015 12:01pm
If an app requires internet access and you are running the deployment offline, you will likely run into errors. You will need to workaround these in different ways, ie download the source content for Office C2R.
Your requirements may be different to mine.
May 21st, 2015 1:50pm
Oh Sorry I meant does selecting a local install for example: (media selection) would make it an automatic offline install regardless of when you put in the domain etc settings? Well you do have more points then me, so your advice is valuble
May 25th, 2015 3:11am