MDT 2010 Mega Tips and Tricks Collection

As user of MDT 2010 I collected a lot of interesting information. I thought it would be useful to put them all in one place for myself and any readers.

UPDATE: If I get any information from a blog I always mention the source. Since this was a collection of forum posts I didn’t think about it. The original forum posts can be found here: Excuses to the originating source for not mentioning him in the first place.

Johan Arwidmark – Deployment Gurus
Mike Nystrom – Deployment Gurus – Lead MS Deployment Guy
Microsoft Team Blogs – MDTSCCMWSUS
Deployment Research (formerly DeployVista) (Johan Arwidmark)
The App Compat Guy (Chris Jackson)
The Deployment BunnyMike’s Tech Head Blog (Mikael Nystrom)
The Deployment Guys (Richard Smith, Ben Hunter et al.)
Windows and Office Deployment Ramblings (Michael Niehaus)
Xtreme Deployment (Keith Garner & Tim Mintner)
Aidan Finn
Chris Nackers Blog
Deploy_Windows (True)
Deploy Windows 7
Education Technology Now
Fixing the Annoying IT Stuff
Scriptimus Ex Machina
The D-Spot
The Decoder Wheel
The IT Bros.

MDT 2010 Setup Step By Step

Aidan Finn – Deploying Windows 7 with MDT 2010
PDF from Microsoft France:

App Deploy – Imaging and Unattended OS InstallationPackage Development
Ars Technica – Windows Technical Mojo
MSFN – Application InstallsUnattended XP/2003Vista/2008Windows 7/2008 R2Windows PE
MyITForum – Microsoft DeploymentDeployment Fundamentals
ServerFault – MDT 2010SysPrep
WinCert – Microsoft Operating Systems and SoftwareUnattended XP/Vista
Windows-Noob – MDTSCCMWSIMWDSZero Touch & Lite Touch

Mastering Windows 7 Deployment
Deployment Fundamentals
Deployment Fundamentals: Volume 1 – PaperbackKindle Edition (Sample Files)
Mastering Windows 7 Deployment – PaperbackKindle Edition (Sample)
Windows 7 Resource Kit – Paperback (Sample)
Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP – PaperbackeBook (Sample)

Aidan Finn
Catapult Systems
Chris Jackson
Chris Nackers
Deployment Guys
Johan Arwidmark
Mikael Nystrom
Mitch Tulloch
Michael Niehaus
The IT Bros.
Xtreme Deployment

MDT 2010 Lite Touch Unleashed by Johan Arwidmark – A series of 27 videos covering literally everything MDT-related (also on YouTube).
IT Idiots – Lite Touch Deployment of Windows 7 (Episode 71)
Windows 7 AIK/OPK Deployment 101 (Download)
Windows 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit Training (Microsoft)
TrueSec Deployment CD v2.0

Microsoft TechNet

Microsoft TechEd 2010

Microsoft Management Summit 2011


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1
Windows Automated Installation Kit v3.0
Windows AIK Supplement for Windows 7/2008 R2 SP1 (updates WinPE to v3.1. Read this first before installing)

Optional Extras
Application Compatibility Toolkit v5.6 (Download)
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (Download)

Packages (Patches and Languages Packs):
SoLoR’s Hotfix Repository – MSU Update Packs for Windows 7 (Post-SP1) and Office 2010
Microsoft Update Catalog – Updates and drivers. Must use Internet Explorer to download files.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Search – Find Microsoft updates using various criteria

Microsoft KB Articles
KB976932 – SP1 for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 (x86 & x64)
KB2534111 – “Computer name cannot contain only numbers” error message when you install Windows 7 by using Windows 7 SP1 integrated installation media. This is the hotfix which is integrated into the SP1-U ISOs.
KB2529073 – Binary files in some USB drivers are not updated after you install Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
KB982018 – Advanced Format Disks Compatibility Update for Windows 7/2008 R2 inc. SP1 (includes new fsutil.exe)


Internet Explorer v9.0 (MSUs)
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Language Packs (MUIs)

Windows 7 SP1 (All Languages)


Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
All 35 Languages:


Internet Explorer v9.0 (All Languages)
Language Interface Packs (LIPs)
LIPs provide a translated version of the most widely used areas of the user interface. The parts that are not translated into the LIP language are displayed in the parent language.


Dell – Driver packs for almost every business-class desktop/laptop that Dell sell.
» Desktops – XPWindows 7
» Notebooks – XPWindows 7
» Windows PE v3.0 (NIC and Mass Storage drivers only)

HP – SoftPaq Download ManagerSmartStart Scripting Toolkit (WinPE drivers for Proliant servers)
IBM – ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit (WinPE drivers for IBM servers)
Lenovo – ThinkVantage Update Retriever

Driver Backup Tools
CLI: Drvbckp
GUI: DriverGrabberDouble DriverDriver Magician Lite

Bulk import drivers into MDT using PowerShell
Check to see if the TPM is enabled (for BitLocker)
Identify driver problems in MDT 2010 Litetouch
Install driver EXE package
Use MAC address to name computer
ZeroTouch for MDT without SCCM

Useful Apps
Windows 7 Toolkit – Like nLite, but for Windows 7 (and with more features)
AppInst – A small program to easily install applications from an MDT deployment share.
Duplicate Driver Tool
Exe2Cab – Converts language pack installers from EXEs to CABs so they can be integrated into Windows using MDT or DISM
GImageX – ImageX GUI
Hotfix Extractor
KeepAlive – Prevent machines from falling asleep during LTI
MDT App Export – Export & share MDT applications
MDT Application Ordering Tool
MDT Debugger
MDT MSI App – Quickly add MSIs to MDT either via GUI or command-line
MDT Web Front-end
MDT Wizard Editor
Pretty Good Frontend Clone
USB Boot Tool – Wizard to add/remove WinPE Boot.wim(s) to a USB flash drive.

Tips, Tricks & How To’s

Windows 7 Lite Touch installation with MDT 2010 – Part OneTwoThreeFour
Sysprep a Windows 7 machine from start to finish
How to automate Lite Touch Installation (LTI) using MDT 2010 by Mitch Tulloch (Very comprehensive, but contains some old stuff)

Assign Drivers to Computer Makes and Models
Injecting Intel Storage Drivers into XP WIMs via MDT
Injecting VMware drivers into your Windows 7/2008 R2 install discs
Lite Touch Driver Management
Manage drivers in MDT 2010
VMware VMXNET3 Driver with WinPE
Dell Owners – Avoid the IDT 92HDxxx HD Audio driver
Windows Recovery Environment mass storage driver injection

Images / WIMs
How to create a Windows 7/2008 R2 reference image for deployment – Part IPart II
How to create a Windows XP reference image for MDT using VMware Workstation v7.0
Combining WIM files
MDT 2010 and deployment from a USB key
Multilingual Image Creation

Hints & Tips
Snazzy OSD status with BGInfo
BGinfo and VNC server in your boot image
Configure MDT 2010 to send an e-mail when deployment is completed
Default product keys for Vista and Windows 7 deployment
DeploymentShare folder permissions
Disable mouse and keyboard during deployment
Get rid of the EU browser choice in a task sequence
Install software based on PnP hardware ID
MDT and OUs, including spaces and odd characters
Password “protect” MDT 2010 LiteTouch (and disable F8 key / Command Prompt)
Set screen resolution in WinPE 2.x/3.x
Upgrading Dell, HP & Lenovo BIOSs during LiteTouch Deployment
Using application “bundles” in MDT 2010
Using a proxy during OSD
Windows Server deployment using MDT 2010
VMware View Windows 7 Optimizations

SysPrep / Unattend.xml etc.

Windows XP
Sample Sysprep Files for Windows XP SP3
Single Image Intel/AMD & uni/multi-processor with Windows XP
UK regional settings in MDT for Windows XP

Windows 7 / 2008 R2
Customizing Windows 7 Unattend.xml
SysPrep with the CopyProfile setting – the correct WAY
Customizing default users profile using CopyProfile
SysPrep – Windows 7 and the 100MB hidden partition

TechNet Technical References
Unattended Windows Setup Reference
Settings to use for an unattended installation
How configuration passes work
Understanding Disk Partitions
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)ImageXSysPrepWindows System Image Manager (WSIM)
Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) User’s Guide


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