Network installation with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit – Part 1: Guidelines, preparation and setup

Editorial

For many smaller companies and organizations, operating system deployment is always a small to medium problem. Some use the pre-installed operating system, some install by hand, others clone the hard drives and a few use other tools. There are many methods and reasons. I compare the different methods and a few tools in the article “Possibilities of computer installations for companies“.

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The possibilities of computer installations for businesses

This article discusses the different methods of computer installations for businesses. In technical terminology also called rollouts or deployments. Typically, such a concept is created when a large number of computer installations are required. Here are a few examples where it can be useful to rethink the previous way of working:

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Unattended installation of software

Unattended software installation is standard in many environments. But how does it work? With an MSI it’s easy, but not everything is available as an MSI package. But many applications bring their own methods. Since I often need this, here is a small collection for the more important programs.

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Deploy Autopilot with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Some questions now, if I was already using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), why should I run Autopilot afterwards? There are several reasons why it can be useful, here are some examples:

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Unattended Installation of Software – Lookup

In March 2019, I published the first article about unattended installation of software. This article also contains instructions or commands on how to install some programs unattended. Since this article enjoys some popularity, and I was asked for more examples, there is now a “lookup”.

Some of the installations are not very challenging, but I mentioned the software anyway because it is free of charge. I also use all programs on my own systems, even if not on everyone.

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